Director of Agriculture Strategies, The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Conservation on dairy farms, Soil health, Collaboration, Grassland ecology
Steve Richter is responsible for defining and overseeing conservation strategies in agricultural landscapes across Wisconsin that build soil health, create habitat and improve water quality. He works with dairy farmers and farmer-led groups to install beneficial farm practices in ways that integrate with producers’ farm operations. He also partners with farm organizations, corporations and others in the dairy industry in Wisconsin to achieve a sustainable food system.
Steve began his career with The Nature Conservancy in 1991. In his earlier positions with TNC, Steve coordinated and conducted land management projects, including prescribed fire; tree, brush and invasive species removal and prairie restoration.
Prior to his current position, Steve led TNC’s Mississippi River project agriculture team. The team directed funding and shared learning to move projects forward that were advancing soil health practices and nutrient management in the basin. Steve continues to serve as a member of this team.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.