Anna Cates announced as state soil health specialist
The Minnesota Office for Soil Health (MOSH) -- a collaboration of the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and the U of MN Water Resources Center (WRC) -- is pleased to welcome Anna Cates as the new State Soil Health Specialist. Anna is just finishing her PhD in Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she has been studying soil carbon cycling in corn-cover crop biofuel systems. She is eager to network with farmers and have the soil health research challenged by the practicalities of running a business and the uncertainties of crop and livestock production. She already has several years experience presenting to, and listening to, diverse audiences -- both virtually and face-to-face.
Anna’s new job is an Extension position within the Department of Soil Water and Climate. She beings full time January 2019, but will be working part time before then to begin networking and planning outreach and research activities.
The mission of MOSH is to build local expertise to promote soil health and soil and water conservation. Research and outreach will expand the tools and skills of Minnesota’s local conservation delivery community, and promote understanding of the economic impacts of soil and water management practices.