Mike Baise joined American Farmland Trust in January 2012 as the Midwest Director. Baise's primary responsibilities include managing projects that help farmers improve water quality, engaging stakeholders to develop policy, and finding practical solutions that result in viable farms and an improved environment. He also plays an important role in maintaining key relationships with leaders in agriculture and executing a strategic plan for the future of the Midwest regional office.
Baise has an extensive history working in government and nonprofit organizations. He received his Masters in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois and then spent 12 years working in a variety of program and administrative positions at the Illinois Department of Agriculture. After completing a Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs, he worked for nearly 15 years at Indiana Farm Bureau as an advocate for agricultural and natural resource issues. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Interior honored Baise with a Partners in Conservation Award for collaborative soil conservation work.
Baise grew up on his family's grain livestock farm in Morgan County, IL. They grew corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa and raised hogs, cattle, sheep and horses. He was a ten year member of 4-H.
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