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The Nature Conservancy in Michigan Names Conservation Agribusiness Award Winner

Jacob Hall of Syngenta Presented with Award at MABA Winter Conference

  • Kari Marciniak
    Director of Communications
    The Nature Conservancy in Michigan
    Email: kmarciniak@tnc.org

Jacob Hall of Syngenta has been selected as 2020 Conservation Excellence Agribusiness Award winner by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Michigan.

 For the past 12 years, Hall has served Michigan farmers in a variety of capacities for Syngenta, most recently as AgriEdge specialist. Hall has made noticeable advancements in agriculture conservation adoption across both the Saginaw Bay Watershed and Michigan.

Hall’s support for and dedication to Saginaw Valley farmers allowed him to be seen as a trusted advisor, according to those who nominated him. With trust built, he began recruiting farmer client candidates into TNC’s conservation partnership programs. 

“Starting in 2019, Jacob nearly single-handedly recruited seven new farm participants into TNC’s Pay for Performance program,” said Ben Wickerham, TNC’s project manager for Saginaw Bay. “These participants went on to implement 3,872 acres of new conservation practices in 2020, ultimately keeping 310 tons of sediment, 865 pounds of total phosphorus, and 3,576 total pounds of nitrogen on the land and out of the water.”

Since becoming an AgriEdge specialist in 2018, Hall has worked with 150 Michigan farms on becoming more sustainable by managing their inputs through the AgriEdge tracking and farm management platform. Out of those, 30 farms have enrolled in Syngenta’s Sustainable Solutions program, which helps growers make decisions on and track their sustainability outcomes. These 30 farms represent a total footprint of more than 22,000 acres, the majority of which are situated within the Saginaw Bay Watershed.  

“I want to personally congratulate Jacob Hall for earning The Nature Conservancy’s

Conservation Agribusiness Award,” said Trent Wimmer, sustainable solution key account lead for Syngenta. “I’m proud of the partnership we’ve created with The Nature Conservancy and his support to grow and foster that relationship. This support is changing the way growers in Michigan think about conservation, sustainability, and modern agriculture. Well deserved!”

TNC is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. Learn more online at nature.org/michigan

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries and territories: 38 by direct conservation impact and 34 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.