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Former DuPont Pioneer Sustainable Agriculture Leader Joins Sand County Foundation

MADISON, Wis. – (January 4, 2017) Nancy DeLong, who served as DuPont Pioneer’s Global Director of Sustainable Agriculture Systems, has been named Senior Director of Conservation Programs for Sand County Foundation, a national nonprofit organization promoting voluntary conservation on private land.  

DeLong will lead the strategy for the Foundation’s soil and water program, and will advance the expansion of Sand County Foundation’s Leopold Conservation Award® program, which honors farmers and ranchers who achieve outstanding conservation on their land.

DeLong’s career with DuPont Pioneer spanned more than 25 years. Most recently, she led conservation-based agriculture collaborations and activities to help farmers and ranchers improve their environmental footprint. DeLong implemented DuPont Pioneer’s first sustainable agriculture strategy, and developed strategic partnerships with an array of businesses, municipalities and nonprofit organizations.    

Prior to joining Sand County Foundation, she was interim executive director at the Conservation Technology Information Center where she directed staff, financial management and fundraising.

“Nancy DeLong is one of the most well-regarded conservation professionals in the nation,” said Sand County Foundation President, Kevin McAleese. “She knows farmers and farming. Her leadership, integrity and commitment will enhance Sand County Foundation’s ambitious private land conservation agenda in the years to come.”

DeLong has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Iowa and a Master of Science from the University of Nebraska – Omaha. She and her husband, Marc, live in Minburn, Iowa.

Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Sand County Foundation is dedicated to mobilizing private landowners across North America to advance ethical and scientifically sound land management practices that benefit the environment.


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