Bianca Moebius-Clune, PhDClimate Initiative Director
Bianca leads AFT’s national Climate Initiative. Her program focuses on ensuring agriculture continues to move toward 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 on the nation’s varied agricultural lands, in collaboration with partner organizations. Her program works collaboratively across partners and stakeholders to scale successful approaches, on-ramp innovations, quantify outcomes, and reach new audiences for impact. The goal is to ensure that producers, the agricultural and conservation community, researchers, and policymakers have access to resources, technical advice, transformational connections, and policy facilitators 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 leadership on NRCS strategy, policy, tools, training, direct assistance, science, and technology integration, and soil health efforts across the country. She led the establishment of national soil health resource concerns, soil health requirements for agency-certified conservation planners, soil health in-field and laboratory assessments, and soil health management planning for which NRCS now provides technical and financial assistance, and virtual 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 the University of New Hampshire, all in soil science.