Verville Joins Sand County Foundation

Sand County Foundation has named Tricia Verville as its Agricultural Systems Director. Verville will lead Sand County Foundation’s regenerative agriculture initiative in Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan Basin, where she will work with farmer-led groups to achieve water quality and climate resiliency goals. Sand County Foundation, based in Madison, is a national non-profit working with farmers, ranchers, foresters and other private landowners to improve soil health, water quality and wildlife habitat.

“We’re thrilled that Tricia is joining our growing team. Her farm management background makes her a trusted resource across the agricultural community,” said Heidi Peterson, Sand County Foundation’s Vice President of Agricultural Research and Conservation. “Tricia has a strong passion for protecting natural resources, and a true appreciation for the demands on farmers to meet their production goals while also balancing ecosystem needs.”

“Her experience managing agricultural conservation projects and public outreach will be a critical asset to empowering landowners to implement conservation practices that restore watershed health,” Peterson added.

“It is an exciting time to be entering a role that helps farmers improve the natural resources they manage,” Verville said.

Verville previously served as a research project manager and safety lead for the Soil Health Partnership, a project of the National Corn Growers Association. Prior to that, she worked as a crop specialist for GROWMARK’s Insight FS, and as a deputy conservation warden for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Verville received a Bachelor of Science in soil and land management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and is a certified crop advisor and specialist.

Verville will be based in Wautoma, Wisconsin, and will play an active role in projects across the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins. She began her duties on November 29.