Plenary Session and keynote presentation
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Thu
Jennifer Smith is Wisconsin’s State Soil Scientist with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service—the first woman to have this position in Wisconsin. With a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in Geography with an emphasis in soils from Northern Illinois University, she has more than 17 years of multi-state experience in both the private and public sectors. Following early-career work as a wetland delineator, Smith began her NRCS career in 2010 as a soil scientist in Illinois. She then became a Resource Soil Scientist in Minnesota, providing technical soil services and conducting on-site field investigations for soil health, engineering, conservation, and management practices. Since 2015, she has also served as the Upper-Midwest Representative on the National Technical Committee for Hydric Soils.