Ray Archuleta is a certified professional soil scientist with the Soil Science Society of America and has over 30 years experience as a soil conservationist, water quality specialist, and conservation agronomist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
After his retirement from the NRCS in 2017, Archuleta founded Understanding Ag LLC, and Soil Health Academy LLC, to teach biomimicry strategies and agroecology principles for improving soil function on a national scale. Ray also owns and operates a 150-acre farm near Seymour, Mo., that he operates along with his wife and family.
Mervin and Cherlyn Beachy farm a few miles west of St. Ansgar, Iowa. Healthy soil is a fixture of everything the Beachys do on the farm. Mervin first became interested in soil health when looking into the nutrient density of the food he was raising, and the connection between soil, food, and human health. Currently, they use sustainable and soil-building practices while raising grass-fed beef, all-natural pork, and pastured chicken.