Strategy Manager, North America Agriculture Program & Agriculture Program Director, The Nature Conservancy in Michigan
Randy Dell is the Michigan Agriculture Program Director and is based in Lansing, Michigan. Randy joined The Nature Conservancy in 2013 to manage agriculture strategies across the Great Lakes Basin, where he is focused on developing financial and conservation solutions to improve water quality in agricultural systems.
Randy splits his time between his duties for the Michigan program and as the Agriculture Strategy Manager with TNC’s North America Agriculture Program, where he works on projects ranging from supply chain engagements to crop insurance to non-operating landowners (landowners who rent their fields to farmers for growing crops). Leading the program’s strategy to engage non-operating landowners, Randy is working with public and private partners and colleagues across TNC’s state programs to develop practical financial and legal tools to help farmers and landowners work together to increase the use of conservation practices on rented farmland.
Prior to joining TNC, Randy worked at Ducks Unlimited for seven years, implementing environmental market opportunities for grassland and wetland conservation. Randy has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Michigan State University and a master’s in agricultural and resource economics from Oregon State University.