Hello, my name is Austin Carlson and I am a newly hired Soil Health Technician on staff with the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition. I grew up on my family’s farm near Garretson, SD where I developed a deep passion for agriculture. This passion lead me to South Dakota State University where I pursued a bachelor of science degree in agriculture, graduating in 2016 (Agriculture Systems Technology-Major, Agriculture Business-Minor). College ultimately reaffirmed my passion for agriculture, proved to myself I enjoy reading and learning, and lead me to my wife Baylee (Scott).
Over the last 5 years, I have enjoyed learning about soil—one of our most precious resources. As an agriculturist, I see a great need to improve the soils that our world depends on, I am exceptionally excited to continually learn and share knowledge in order to rejuvenate the soils across South Dakota and beyond. My wife and I reside near Garretson and are actively assisting on my family’s farm where continually implementing the five soil health principles have and will continue to positively transform our farm. I look forward to meeting and working with many of you in the future.