Bianca Moebius-Clune, PhDClimate and Soil Health Director | Climate and Soil Health Initiative, National Programs
Bianca leads AFT’s national Climate and Soil Health efforts to catalyze the nation’s transition toward a new conventional agriculture that thrives with fully functioning healthy soils and systems that sequester carbon, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and regenerate and maintain resilient, diverse, effective, environmentally, socially, and economically viable production systems across varied agricultural lands. Her program works collaboratively across partners and stakeholders to scale up successful approaches, on-ramp innovations, quantify outcomes, and reach new audiences for impact. Programming is built to address needs of producers, the agricultural and conservation community, researchers, and policymakers, providing access to resources, science, decision support tools, technical advice, transformational connections, and messaging that expand climate-smart, regenerative agriculture, and food systems in diverse ways.
Before joining AFT, Bianca served as the founding Director of the Soil Health Division with the USDA-NRCS from 2014-2021. She led the deployment and integration of the new division’s staff of regional and national specialists who provide soil health leadership on NRCS strategy, policy, tools, training, direct assistance, science and technology integration across the country. She led the establishment of national soil health resource concerns, in-field and laboratory assessments, and management planning, training for agency certified conservation planners, and training and outreach to millions of customers. Prior to NRCS, Bianca served on the faculty of Cornell University as a Senior Extension Associate and Lecturer, where her research and extension work focused on agricultural management impacts on soil health and nitrogen dynamics. She also taught a class in Sustainable Soil Management. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed and extension publications, NRCS national technical material and policy, and has provided workshops and trainings nationally and internationally. She holds Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science from University of New Hampshire, all in soil science.