President and CEO, Soil Health InstituteSoil Health Breakout Session | Room: TBD
Wednesday, Dec. 4 | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Wayne Honeycutt is President and CEO of the Soil Health Institute where he leads the Institute’s programs to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soils. He previously served for 5 years as Deputy Chief for Science and Technology with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Washington, D.C., where he led programs in technology acquisition, development, and transfer to ensure NRCS conservation practices reflect the latest scientific advances for conserving the nation’s soil, water, air, plant, animal, and energy resources. He served as a research soil scientist for 14 years and a research leader for 10 years with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Orono, Maine, where he led and conducted interdisciplinary research on carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycling and sustainable cropping systems development. In those roles he led national research teams for predicting nutrient availability, developed procedures adopted by ARS for enhancing national research coordination, and received regional and national awards for technology transfer.
He is a graduate of the Mastering the Art of Public Leadership executive development program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and USDA’s “Performance Excellence and Knowledge” executive development program. He has served on assignments to the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, USDA-ARS National Program Staff, and USDA-ARS Area Office Staff. Wayne’s commitment to agriculture is rooted in his experiences with raising tobacco, corn, and other crops on his family’s 120-acre farm in Kentucky.