Baylee Lukonen, Soil Health Technician
Hi there, I’m Baylee Lukonen. As a child I grew up on a farm near Hankinson, ND and spent a lot of time on my grandparent’s ranch near Renville, MN where we proudly raise Registered Shorthorn cattle. As a 4th generation Shorthorn breeder, my interest in Agriculture came at a very young age and I became very involved in 4-H and showing cattle at all levels including nationally.
In high school I continued to be active in 4-H, FFA, the Minnesota Shorthorn Association, along with many other extra curriculars. My love for Agriculture and interest in Soil Health, which was heavily influenced by my uncle, led me to study Agronomy at Southwest Minnesota State University. I completed a couple of internships during my studies including with Agnition (Ralco Nutrition) and Ducks Unlimited. While in college I learned that Regenerative Agriculture is something that is not heavily taught in our universities and made it a personal goal to educate myself as much as possible outside of my formal studies.
I enjoy reading, learning, and planning my own regenerative efforts alongside my husband, Grant. We reside on a little farm near Watertown, SD where we continue to raise Shorthorn Cattle. I am very passionate about not only sustaining but regenerating our natural resources which are heavily degraded and mistreated. I am excited to be a Soil Health Technician for the SDSHC and look forward to meeting new people, learning, and helping others understand the importance of Regenerative Agriculture and how to make changes on their own farms.