Who we are

The FARMS team is a collaboration between nonprofit, private sector, retired government, and land-grant university and extension staff. Members include:

These diverse members will provide essential input from science, economics, and practical experience to build a profitable regenerative system which can sequester carbon sustainably.


In the unforgiving landscape of the High Plains, successful soil health management is essential to the regeneration of both land and farmer profitability.


A systems-based and context-dependent approach to soil health, in concert with social support, can transcend the limitations of isolated conservation practices and decision making.


Producers will receive financial support to create Comprehensive Soil Health Management Plans and implement a suite of practices well-suited for
their operation. We will provide qualified technical assistance, facilitate peer working groups, and leverage the expertise of long-term practitioners to mentor transitioning producers.

Project Partners

Supporting Collaborators

Project Staff


Joni Mitchek

FARMS Project Manager
Coordinator, CCTA

Becky Ravenkamp

FARMS Nutrition and Committee Coordinator
Executive Director, Health First

Lauren Hafford

FARMS Evaluation Coordinator
E2 1 Hotels Fellowship alum


Michael "Storm" Casper

FARMS Technical Contact
Retired NRCS Soil Conservation

Dr Meagan Schipanski

Associate Professor of Cropping Systems at Colorado State

Dr Augustine Obour

Associate Professor of Soil Science at Kansas State University

Greg Scott

Retired NRCS State Soil Scientist

Mark Watson

Retired Chairman of the Panhandle No-Till Partnership

Ray Ward

Founder of Ward Laboratories