Soil Health and Nutrient Strategy Manager, North America
Randy Dell is the Soil Health and Nutrient Manager for the Agriculture Program in North America. In this role, Randy draws on his expertise in economics, agriculture and project management to advance the organization’s efforts to achieve wide-scale adoption of conservation agriculture practices on U.S. croplands.
Based in Lansing, Michigan, Randy is a skilled collaborator and facilitator. He works with colleagues across the organization and engages with a range of public and private partners—from farmers and commodity groups to international food companies and government agencies—to provide farmers and others in the agriculture community with the economic and scientific data, technical resources and opportunities to increase agriculture production while safeguarding land and water resources.
Most recently, Randy split his time between two roles at The Nature Conservancy: Michigan Agriculture Program Director and North America Agriculture Strategy Manger. Notably, Randy worked 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.
He joined TNC in 2013 to manage agriculture strategies across the Great Lakes Basin, where he focused on developing financial and conservation solutions to improve water quality in agricultural systems. Prior to that, 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 degree in agricultural and resource economics from Oregon State University.
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Dell, R. Real Time-Drainage Water Management in the Great Lakes: Final Report submitted to the Great Lakes Protection Fund. Nature Conservancy, 2015.
Dell, R., Ahlering, M., Fargione, J., Weisberg, P., Diaz, D., Rood, A., DeGryze, S., Sharma, B.D. Methodology for Avoided Conversion of Grasslands and Shrublands to Crop Production. American Carbon Registry, 2013.