Constance Neely is 2014 Distinguished Alumnus

Constance Neely was recognized as the 2014 BESS Distinguished Alumnus during the annual Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science Awards Banquet which took place April 23 in Hollingsworth Auditorium.

Dr. Neely is a Senior Advisor for the Integration of Research, Practice and Policy for the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF, Nairobi) and a Senior Consultant for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO, Rome). Her work focuses on co-learning and co-negotiation for natural resources decision-making with an emphasis on integrated crop-livestock-tree systems, pastoral systems and climate change. She is currently coordinating the development of a Decision Laboratory for Resilience Impacts in Nairobi, Kenya.

She holds a Ph.D. in agroecology with an emphasis on carbon dynamics. Constance has also worked with the World Bank, IFAD, ILRI, the OECD, USDA and the Savory Institute. Previously she served as Vice President for Advocacy at Heifer International, Director of Education for Holistic Management International, Deputy Director of the Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Management Collaborative Research Support Program (USAID), and as a Soil Conservationist for the Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA).

Constance is a Certified International Facilitator and International Educator in Holistic Management. She is a past president of the International Farming Systems Association and co-chaired the Grasslands Carbon Working Group and Global Livestock Working Group. She is a co-founder of Kalani Organica Coffees and Teas in Seattle, Washington and Hallowed Hawk Farms in Georgia, USA.

Dr. Neely was introduced at the banquet by her major professor, Dr. Don Tyler. She was awarded the Master of Science degree in 1983 by The University of Tennessee, and her thesis was entitled "Cover crop, nitrogen, and tillage effects on cotton as indicated by petiole analysis."

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