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Elyssa McFarland
  • B.S. Agronomy, Iowa State University
  • M.S. Agronomy and Soil Science, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Elyssa McFarland

Manager, Development

Elyssa McFarland serves as the Soil Health Partnership Development Manager. Elyssa engaged with the SHP farmer network through her previous role as a field manager and utilizes those past experiences to build regional partnerships that are beneficial for farmers and collaborators of the program. Elyssa is also a farmer herself and conducts an SHP trial on her own farm to discover how her farming practices can impact the water holding capacity of different soils.

Elyssa was raised on a grain and livestock farm in Eastern Iowa. She attended Iowa State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and went on to earn a dual master’s degrees in Agronomy and Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Prior to starting as Development Manager with Soil Health Partnership, Elyssa worked in soil mapping, soil analysis, precision agriculture and farm management.