No till field next to fresh plantings
Saginaw Bay watershed. No till field next to fresh plantings © Michael D-L Jordan/dlp


Poley Joins SHP as Michigan Research Manager

Lansing, MI

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) are pleased to announce Kristin Poley as the Michigan Research Manager. Poley will be in a joint research position with the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan (CMPM), TNC, and SHP with the primary responsibility to build research partnerships to answer key soil health and water quality questions. 

“Agriculture in this era presents challenges to growers, markets, and the general public,” Poley said. “Being able to work as part of a team that takes a focus on sustainability to overcome those challenges makes me really excited to get to work.”

“Soil health is the key to the future of sustainable and productive farming in Michigan," said Mary Fales, TNC’s program director for Saginaw Bay. “The Nature Conservancy is proud to play a role in this partnership, designed to bring more soil health research to Michigan. “

In her role at CMPM, Poley will manage the research portfolio and grant program as well as help organize the annual Great Lakes Crop Summit.

At SHP, Poley will work closely with lead scientist, Maria Bowman and will be the liaison for the SHP expansion into Michigan, augmenting the existing site, and supporting analysis of data already being collected throughout the multi-state network. It is critical to locate partnering farms in the state to generate soil health data that is meaningful for local farmers.

Poley attained her bachelor’s degree in fishery and wildlife biology and master’s degree in Entomology from Michigan State University. She lives in St. Johns, Michigan with her husband, Nathan on a few acres raising chickens, geese and ducks.

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