Tony Richards

Soil Health Program Manager

Conservation Division
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Tony Richards is anative of Northern Utah and the fifth generation on the family’s centennialfarm. He has a bachelors and master degree from Utah State University indegrees in Crop Science / Agronomy and Plant Science.

He works with the local conservationdistricts in Northern Utah as the Resource Coordinator for Zone 1, assistingthe district and farmers in planning conservation projects to protect thenatural resources in the area. His work includes irrigation system improvements,soil health systems, weed and pest management, and water quality protection.

He has been involved in agriculture development, conservation planning, and regenerative agriculture research for over 10 years working in Utah, Arizona, Illinois, Ethiopia, and Uganda. He has worked previously for the Howard G Buffett Foundation,Sequoia Farm Foundation, Morrell Agro Industries, and is currently board memberof A.R.I.S.E. International.

Matt Yost

Assistant Professor, Agroclimate Extension Specialist

Plants, Soils, and Climate
Utah State University

Dr. Yost is a native of southern Idaho where he was raised on a dairy farm. After completing his PhD, he spent 4 years doing postdoctoral research in the U.S. Midwest trying to build soil health on claypan soils.

He is now an assistant professor and agroclimate extension specialist at Utah State University. He has authored numerous journal and extension articles on research dealing with soil health and conservation, nitrogen management, water management, precision agriculture, and bioenergy crops.

His most recent work in Utah has included over 50 on-farm research trials to investigate soil health, irrigation schedules, irrigation technologies, precision irrigation, and other water optimization approaches for agriculture. He is on the advisory committee of the Soil Health Partnership (over 150 on-farm trials) and a member of the Western Cover Crop Council. He also helps lead the USU Extension Crops team