AFT Hires Soil and Climate Experts to Increase Impact Capacity


American Farmland Trust expanded its national “Farmers Combat Climate Change Initiative” team. New team members include Dr. Bonnie Michelle McGill as Senior Climate and Soil Health Scientist and Dr. Rachel Seman-Varner as Senior Soil Health and Biochar Scientist. Through the work of its climate initiative, AFT commits to making U.S. agriculture climate-neutral or better by promoting the widespread adoption of regenerative farming practices that rebuild soil health, sequester carbon, and reduce emissions. McGill will lead climate solutions related to program modeling, data analysis, and other research efforts advancing climate-smart practice adoption and support advocacy and communications. Seman-Varner will advance the science and implementation of high-level regenerative soil health management systems and provide technical support for policy advocacy. She will also advance AFT’s leadership on how to integrate and improve biochar and other innovative natural climate solutions into soil health management systems. The two new additions say complex problems need multi-faceted solutions.