Elyssa McFarland started out on the ground floor of the Soil Health Partnership. Initially coming in as an independent contractor, Elyssa quickly became an SHP field manager. She was part of rolling out the first trial sites in Iowa and watched the program expand into what it is today.
“[Soil Health Partnership] did have that kind of rapid growth and energy. I think that brought a lot of folks who have that passion for this work and a particular expertise that were looking to jump into a project that they could really put their foot on the gas and help it get to the next stage,” she shared. “And when I look across the field team, as well as the science team, we’ve got a lot of folks who have a lot of energy and expertise and it keeps us moving forward and adapting to the new things that are on our plate.”
Elyssa is now the Field Development Director at SHP. In this episode of The People of Soil Health Podcast, she sits down with John Mesko to discuss where SHP has been, where the organization is now and where it is heading in the future.
“I think one of the things that I’m most excited about is being able to take this kind of machine, if you will, this group of people and infrastructure that we’ve built that works really effectively with farmers on the ground to collect information, to process it and make it available,” she said. “I think the sky’s the limit in terms of the ways that we can help farmers understand how these practices are affecting their farm, affecting their bottom line, their soils, all of these things.”
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