John Mesko has been named senior director of the Soil Health Partnership.
“We are eager to have John Mesko lead the program and the strong SHP national team to continue building on the success of the past five years. John’s extensive background in agriculture is an asset to SHP and the farmers we serve. SHP is a vital, farmer-led program, that is supported by a diverse group of organizations including our founding members: The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund and Bayer,” said NCGA Vice President, Production and Sustainability Nathan Fields.
The SHP network spans more than 16 states and 100 partner organizations at the federal, state and county levels including state government, commodity associations, nonprofits, foundations and private companies.
Mesko previously served as the SHP development director.
“I am thrilled to serve with such an outstanding, motivated group of experts at SHP, and grateful for the support and encouragement of the National Corn Growers Association,” said Mesko.
“The national discussion about soil health in agriculture has ushered improvements in farming practices with the potential to mitigate climate change, revitalize rural communities and feed the world,” Mesko said. “The Soil Health Partnership’s leading work of bringing together nonprofit, government, and commercial interests in support of farmer-led understanding and promotion of these practices is at the heart of this discussion.”
Mesko holds a BS degree in Agronomy and an MS degree in Agricultural Economics, both from Purdue University. His diverse career in agriculture includes successful experience in sales, marketing, research, business development, farm management, university extension and nonprofit management. He grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm in Minnesota.