Outreach & Advocacy
Bringing scientific knowledge directly to growers and land managers is essential to bring best practices to reality. Through direct farmer engagement at conferences, field days, and through participatory research, I aim to arm growers with knowledge to improve their practice and reach their production and soil management goals.
Soil health research is for farmers, and so it should bring them to the table. Through participatory, on-farm experiments, we are able to amplify the impact of our work and directly engage with the farming community. Learn more about some of our farmer collaborators on the project website. You can find the NRCS conservation webinar on our findings here.
Public policy is the cornerstone of sustainable agriculture research and practice. Whether its advocating for funding appropriation for research or advising on policy measures to support regenerative agriculture, the science-policy mutualism is now more critical than ever to act swiftly and cohesively on critical issues facing agriculture and the environment.
Congressional Visits Day
As part of an annual advocacy event in Washington D.C., I represented soil scientists from Colorado in meetings with Congressional representatives to advocate for agricultural research support. The trip was supported by the ASA, CSA and SSSA Future Leaders in Science Award. Read the article about the event here.
"State of the Science"
Along with a group of graduate students, we organized a science showcase, bringing together local policy makers with graduate students presenting policy-related research. Increased communication between active research and application in policy improves both.
Bringing our skills and knowledge to the public is essential for building trust in science. Through various types of community outreach events, I have been recharged by the interest and support of youth, government leaders, and members of the community.