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Haleigh Summers Joins Sand County Foundation Team

Sand County Foundation has named Dr. Haleigh Summers its Agricultural Geospatial Data Scientist.

Sand County Foundation, based in Wisconsin, is a national non-profit that works at the intersection of agriculture and environmental improvement with farmers, ranchers, forestland owners and other land managers.

Summers will lead geospatial modeling efforts to target Sand County Foundation’s conservation initiatives that improve soil health, water resources, and wildlife habitat.

“In addition to her experience applying spatial analyses techniques to advance conservation management in Midwestern watersheds, Haleigh also understands the importance of conveying the potential economic efficiencies to farmers and landowners” said Dr. Heidi Peterson, Sand County Foundation Vice President of Agricultural Research and Conservation. “Haleigh has a rich appreciation for agriculture and the impact effective collaborations can have on advancing positive change across the landscape; I am thrilled to welcome her to our team.”

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Summers recently completed her Ph.D. in sustainable agriculture and environmental science from Iowa State University, where she served as co-president of the Sustainable Ag Student Association. This past year she was elected treasurer of the Iowa Farmers Union.

Summers completed her Bachelor of Science in agronomy and seed science from Iowa State University. She holds a master’s degree in agronomy from The Pennsylvania State University. She resides in Ames, Iowa.

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SAND COUNTY FOUNDATION inspires and empowers a growing number of private landowners to ethically manage natural resources in their care, so future generations have clean and abundant water, healthy soil to support agriculture and forestry, plentiful habitat for wildlife and opportunities for outdoor recreation.