“We are excited to have Kris step into this leadership role within our Midwest program,” said David Haight, vice president for programs at American Farmland Trust. “He brings credibility with farmers along with a deep understanding of the opportunity for the landscape-scale change that is needed to protect water and aid in our fight against climate change.”
As Midwest Deputy Director, Kris led AFT programs in Illinois that worked with farmers, landowners, agricultural and conservation agencies, and organizations to help farmers adopt conservation cropping systems to restore the soil. Notably, he played a major role in the introduction of the Fall Covers for Spring Savings program—a crop insurance premium discount program for cover crops in Illinois. He helped secure $300,000 in the Illinois Department of Agriculture FY2020 budget to fund the program, which successfully funded cover crops on 50,000 acres in its first year.
In 2019 Kris received the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation District’s “Friend of Conservation” Award. This coming June, Kris will be a graduate of the 2020 Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation.
Kris will be based out of his home office in Nokomis, Illinois, but will continue to spend a great deal of time working across the region in coordination with farmers, conservation partners, land trusts, policymakers and others. In his free time, you can find him spending time with his family, hiking, woodworking and upland game hunting with his bird dog, Thor.