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Jack Cornell is the Field Team Director for SHP, helping to provide support for the field staff as well as provide oversight on data collection efforts. Jack also stays well connected to growers as he manages numerous strip trials in our expanding geographies. Additionally, Jack works towards improving automation and process improvements that will help growers get back valuable information faster.
Jack is from a small rural town in Southwest Ohio where he learned that a strong agricultural economy is key to not only important for supporting farmers but also small businesses and the community. Early in Jack’s career he worked as a naturalist where he enjoyed connecting and educating the community about the ecosystems that surround them. Jack then earned his Master’s Degree from Missouri State University in Plant Science where he focused on how ecosystems were affected by different management strategies. Developing a love for managing systems and working with data he soon found himself in Hawaii working for Monsanto in their world renown germplasm nurseries. While managing his part of the Monsanto germplasm pipeline he also started implementing community outreach efforts and new farm management strategies. The new farm management strategies included water utilization, grass waterways, terraces, rotation fallow, and planting cover crops. These new strategies led to increased productivity and erosion control, but also reduced insect pressure and diseases. Jack wanted to take the things that he learned in Hawaii and implement them in the Midwest so he found a position within Monsanto as a Technology Development Representative. This position allowed Jack to learn how new technologies and germplasm would help farmers in Southern Illinois but also gave him the opportunity to start Monsanto’s first cover crop research partnership farm with an emphasis on farm productivity and ecosystem services, such as pollinator habitat and honey bee production. Jack started working for the Soil Health Partnership to take the accumulated farm management knowledge across the entire Midwest.
Jack lives in Edwardsville, Ill. with his wife and their children.