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Rick Clark
Rick ClarkFifth Generation Farmer

Rick Clark is a fifth generation farmer practicing regenerative stewardship on his 7,000-acre farm in Warren County, Indiana. On Clark Farm, Rick strives to find a balance between being a good steward to the land, maintaining profitable cash crop yields, and building soil health and human health. Rick refers to his systematic approach as “Green Farming.” This no-till practice involves planting his cash crops into living, growing cover crops, which helps to suppress weeds, sequester nutrients, and build biomass.

Rick Clark
Rick ClarkFifth Generation Farmer

Rick Clark is a fifth generation farmer practicing regenerative stewardship on his 7,000-acre farm in Warren County, Indiana. On Clark Farm, Rick strives to find a balance between being a good steward to the land, maintaining profitable cash crop yields, and building soil health and human health. Rick refers to his systematic approach as “Green Farming.” This no-till practice involves planting his cash crops into living, growing cover crops, which helps to suppress weeds, sequester nutrients, and build biomass.

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Bianca Moebius-Clune
Dr. Bianca Moebius-CluneDirector of the USDA-NRCS Soil Health Division

Dr. Bianca Moebius-Clune is the Director of the USDA-NRCS Soil Health Division. She has led the deployment of the division’s staff of regional and national specialists who provide training, direct assistance, science and technology integration, and leadership to soil health efforts across the country. Bianca came to NRCS in 2014 from Cornell University, where she served on the faculty as a Senior Extension Associate and Lecturer. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed and extension publications, as well as NRCS national technical material and policy, and has provided workshops and trainings nationally and internationally. She holds Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science from University of New Hampshire, all in soil science.

Bianca Moebius-Clune
Dr. Bianca Moebius-CluneDirector of the USDA-NRCS Soil Health Division

Dr. Bianca Moebius-Clune is the Director of the USDA-NRCS Soil Health Division. She has led the deployment of the division’s staff of regional and national specialists who provide training, direct assistance, science and technology integration, and leadership to soil health efforts across the country. Bianca came to NRCS in 2014 from Cornell University, where she served on the faculty as a Senior Extension Associate and Lecturer. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed and extension publications, as well as NRCS national technical material and policy, and has provided workshops and trainings nationally and internationally. She holds Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science from University of New Hampshire, all in soil science.

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Lill Erickson
Lill EricksonWSE Executive Director

Lill Erickson founded Western Sustainability Exchange (WSE) in 1994 to protect the incomparable landscape and way of life of the Northern Rockies, and to do so in ways that strengthens rural economies. Erickson has been WSE executive director since its inception.
Erickson’s expertise is in regenerative agriculture and the use of market-based conservation strategies to achieve environmental protection and economic development goals. She specializes in strategies that incentivize agricultural and food service businesses to convert to sustainable practices. In addition to fundraising and overall management of the organization, Erickson supervises development and implementation of all WSE program initiatives.
Erickson graduated cum laude from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelors degree in Journalism and minors in environmental studies and biology.

Lill Erickson
Lill EricksonWSE Executive Director

Lill Erickson founded Western Sustainability Exchange (WSE) in 1994 to protect the incomparable landscape and way of life of the Northern Rockies, and to do so in ways that strengthens rural economies. Erickson has been WSE executive director since its inception.
Erickson’s expertise is in regenerative agriculture and the use of market-based conservation strategies to achieve environmental protection and economic development goals. She specializes in strategies that incentivize agricultural and food service businesses to convert to sustainable practices. In addition to fundraising and overall management of the organization, Erickson supervises development and implementation of all WSE program initiatives.
Erickson graduated cum laude from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelors degree in Journalism and minors in environmental studies and biology.

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Cooper Hibbard Operations Manager at Sieben Live Stock Co.

Cooper Hibbard grew up near Helena, MT. He studied Agricultural Business, Rangeland Resources, and Spanish at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo, and after graduating he spent 4 years traveling the world working on ranches. He’s now the Operations Manager at Sieben Live Stock Co., where he is the 5th generation to manage the family ranch outside Cascade, MT. Aside from ranching, his other passions are good books, good music, and traveling with his beautiful bride, Ashley.

Cooper Hibbard Operations Manager at Sieben Live Stock Co.

Cooper Hibbard grew up near Helena, MT. He studied Agricultural Business, Rangeland Resources, and Spanish at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo, and after graduating he spent 4 years traveling the world working on ranches. He’s now the Operations Manager at Sieben Live Stock Co., where he is the 5th generation to manage the family ranch outside Cascade, MT. Aside from ranching, his other passions are good books, good music, and traveling with his beautiful bride, Ashley.

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Christophe JospeChief Development Officer and founder of Nori

Christophe Jospe is Chief Development Officer and founder of Nori, a start-up platform building a carbon removal marketplace focused on helping farmers monetize carbon removed and retained in their soils. At Nori, he leads the effort to bring supply into the marketplace and curate Nori’s open-source methodologies to initially support monetizing carbon removal and sequestration in US croplands. He has a background as an analyst, fundraiser, and science translator. He holds a BA from Colgate University and an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.

Christophe JospeChief Development Officer and founder of Nori

Christophe Jospe is Chief Development Officer and founder of Nori, a start-up platform building a carbon removal marketplace focused on helping farmers monetize carbon removed and retained in their soils. At Nori, he leads the effort to bring supply into the marketplace and curate Nori’s open-source methodologies to initially support monetizing carbon removal and sequestration in US croplands. He has a background as an analyst, fundraiser, and science translator. He holds a BA from Colgate University and an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.

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Dan KittredgeFounder and Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association (BFA)

Dan Kittredge has been an organic farmer for more than 30 years and is the founder and executive director of the Bionutrient Food Association (BFA), a non-profit whose mission is to “increase quality in the food supply.” Known as one of the leading proponents of “nutrient density,” Dan works to demonstrate the connections between soil health, plant health, and human health. Out of these efforts was born the Real Food Campaign which has engineered a prototype of a hand-held consumer spectrometer designed to test nutrient density at point of purchase. Via the Bionutrient Meter, the goal is to empower consumers to choose for nutrient quality and thereby leverage economic incentives to drive full system regeneration.

Dan KittredgeFounder and Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association (BFA)

Dan Kittredge has been an organic farmer for more than 30 years and is the founder and executive director of the Bionutrient Food Association (BFA), a non-profit whose mission is to “increase quality in the food supply.” Known as one of the leading proponents of “nutrient density,” Dan works to demonstrate the connections between soil health, plant health, and human health. Out of these efforts was born the Real Food Campaign which has engineered a prototype of a hand-held consumer spectrometer designed to test nutrient density at point of purchase. Via the Bionutrient Meter, the goal is to empower consumers to choose for nutrient quality and thereby leverage economic incentives to drive full system regeneration.

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Buz Kloot
Dr. Buz KlootEnvironmental Health Sciences Professor

Dr. Buz Kloot started his professional life as a chemical engineer and spent 12 years in the mining and mineral processing industry in Namibia, Africa. In 1999, he joined the University of South Carolina (USC) and has been involved in various projects related to living soils and regenerative agriculture. Buz is a research associate professor in the Environmental Health Sciences Department at USC’s Arnold School of Public Health and holds degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and an MBA and PhD from the University of South Carolina.

Buz Kloot
Dr. Buz KlootEnvironmental Health Sciences Professor

Dr. Buz Kloot started his professional life as a chemical engineer and spent 12 years in the mining and mineral processing industry in Namibia, Africa. In 1999, he joined the University of South Carolina (USC) and has been involved in various projects related to living soils and regenerative agriculture. Buz is a research associate professor in the Environmental Health Sciences Department at USC’s Arnold School of Public Health and holds degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and an MBA and PhD from the University of South Carolina.

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Aria McLauchlanCo-founder & Executive Director of Land Core

Aria McLauchlan is the Co-founder & Executive Director of Land Core, a non-profit organization advancing soil health policies and programs that create value for farmers, businesses and communities. Aria was also a 2018 Exchange Fellow at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. Working at the intersection of food, agriculture and climate change, she was one of nine women selected as leaders equipped to tackle vexing challenges and identify emerging opportunities for systemic change across geographies and disciplines. Until 2016, Aria served as communications director of Kiss the Ground, a nonprofit organization promoting healthy soil. In this role, she directed the launch of “The Soil Story,” a petition campaign that resulted in the passing of the California Healthy Soils Initiative. Previously, Aria spent a decade working in business development, branding and marketing, primarily on social impact campaigns for clients like Target, Rainforest Alliance, Ekocycle, Prana, Aveda, National-Geographic | Lindblad Expeditions and The Wildlife Conservation Society.

Aria McLauchlanCo-founder & Executive Director of Land Core

Aria McLauchlan is the Co-founder & Executive Director of Land Core, a non-profit organization advancing soil health policies and programs that create value for farmers, businesses and communities. Aria was also a 2018 Exchange Fellow at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. Working at the intersection of food, agriculture and climate change, she was one of nine women selected as leaders equipped to tackle vexing challenges and identify emerging opportunities for systemic change across geographies and disciplines. Until 2016, Aria served as communications director of Kiss the Ground, a nonprofit organization promoting healthy soil. In this role, she directed the launch of “The Soil Story,” a petition campaign that resulted in the passing of the California Healthy Soils Initiative. Previously, Aria spent a decade working in business development, branding and marketing, primarily on social impact campaigns for clients like Target, Rainforest Alliance, Ekocycle, Prana, Aveda, National-Geographic | Lindblad Expeditions and The Wildlife Conservation Society.

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Laura PetersonSenior Director, Government Affairs for Indigo Agriculture

Laura Peterson is the Senior Director, Government Affairs for Indigo Agriculture. Prior to this role, she served as the Head of Federal Government and Industry Relations for Syngenta where she staffed the Chief Sustainability Officer. Before joining Syngenta, she was the Director of Federal Affairs for the National Association of Conservation Districts. Laura spent time in an agriculture lobbying firm and has experience interning in the Kansas Legislature, United States Congress and U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. She attended George Washington University Law School, where she also taught as adjunct faculty in the Undergraduate Political Science Department. Laura grew up on a family farm in Kansas and co-operates an angus cattle herd in Eastern Montana with her husband, Jess Peterson and resides in Billings.

Laura PetersonSenior Director, Government Affairs for Indigo Agriculture

Laura Peterson is the Senior Director, Government Affairs for Indigo Agriculture. Prior to this role, she served as the Head of Federal Government and Industry Relations for Syngenta where she staffed the Chief Sustainability Officer. Before joining Syngenta, she was the Director of Federal Affairs for the National Association of Conservation Districts. Laura spent time in an agriculture lobbying firm and has experience interning in the Kansas Legislature, United States Congress and U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. She attended George Washington University Law School, where she also taught as adjunct faculty in the Undergraduate Political Science Department. Laura grew up on a family farm in Kansas and co-operates an angus cattle herd in Eastern Montana with her husband, Jess Peterson and resides in Billings.

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Fred Provenza
Dr. Fred ProvenzaProfessor Emeritus of Behavioral Ecology

Dr. Fred Provenza grew up in Salida, Colorado, working on a family ranch. He is professor emeritus of Behavioral Ecology in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University where he directed an award-winning research group that pioneered an understanding of how learning influences foraging behavior and how behavior links soils and plants with herbivores and humans. He is one of the founders of BEHAVE, an international network of scientists and land managers, and is the author of three books and more than 300 research papers. He holds a PhD and Master of Science degrees in range science from Utah State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology from Colorado State University.

Fred Provenza
Dr. Fred ProvenzaProfessor Emeritus of Behavioral Ecology

Dr. Fred Provenza grew up in Salida, Colorado, working on a family ranch. He is professor emeritus of Behavioral Ecology in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University where he directed an award-winning research group that pioneered an understanding of how learning influences foraging behavior and how behavior links soils and plants with herbivores and humans. He is one of the founders of BEHAVE, an international network of scientists and land managers, and is the author of three books and more than 300 research papers. He holds a PhD and Master of Science degrees in range science from Utah State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology from Colorado State University.

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Arohi Sharma
Arohi SharmaNatural Resources Defense Council

As a policy analyst, Arohi Sharma advocates for policies that protect and restore rivers and aquatic ecosystems in California and promote regenerative agricultural practices to reduce wasteful water use and build healthy soil. Before joining NRDC, Arohi was in graduate school, where she spent time researching ways to incentivize multi-stakeholder partnerships and worked for the Ethiopian Government to help craft the nation’s first sustainable agricultural development strategy. Prior to graduate school, Arohi served as a legislative staffer on Capitol Hill for the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee and Senator Cory Booker. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego, and a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Arohi Sharma
Arohi SharmaNatural Resources Defense Council

As a policy analyst, Arohi Sharma advocates for policies that protect and restore rivers and aquatic ecosystems in California and promote regenerative agricultural practices to reduce wasteful water use and build healthy soil. Before joining NRDC, Arohi was in graduate school, where she spent time researching ways to incentivize multi-stakeholder partnerships and worked for the Ethiopian Government to help craft the nation’s first sustainable agricultural development strategy. Prior to graduate school, Arohi served as a legislative staffer on Capitol Hill for the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee and Senator Cory Booker. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego, and a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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Chinmay SomanCo-founder, CEO, and co-inventor of core technologies at EarthSense, Inc.

Chinmay Soman is the co-founder, CEO, and co-inventor of core technologies at EarthSense, Inc. At EarthSense, Chinmay is leading the creation of a robotics and machine learning platform for transforming agricultural productivity and sustainability. Chinmay co-founded EarthSense while he was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow researching ways of improving agricultural sustainability. As a postdoctoral fellow, he developed new ways of understanding plant and soil microbiomes, studied the effects of agricultural management practices on agricultural microbiomes, and invented new ways of optimizing plant-microbiome interactions for improving agriculture.

Chinmay was previously also the lead engineer and co-inventor of key technologies at Soil Diagnostics, Inc. and the founder and CEO of Movable Objects, Inc., a mobile sensing and computation startup.

Chinmay SomanCo-founder, CEO, and co-inventor of core technologies at EarthSense, Inc.

Chinmay Soman is the co-founder, CEO, and co-inventor of core technologies at EarthSense, Inc. At EarthSense, Chinmay is leading the creation of a robotics and machine learning platform for transforming agricultural productivity and sustainability. Chinmay co-founded EarthSense while he was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow researching ways of improving agricultural sustainability. As a postdoctoral fellow, he developed new ways of understanding plant and soil microbiomes, studied the effects of agricultural management practices on agricultural microbiomes, and invented new ways of optimizing plant-microbiome interactions for improving agriculture.

Chinmay was previously also the lead engineer and co-inventor of key technologies at Soil Diagnostics, Inc. and the founder and CEO of Movable Objects, Inc., a mobile sensing and computation startup.

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