Ray Archuleta

Nobel Conference 54

Fondly known as “Ray the Soil Guy”, Ray Archuleta’s unmatched expertise and enthusiasm for soil health places him at the forefront of conservation agronomy. Recognized worldwide for his experience analyzing soil health, Archuleta has for decades been a driving force behind National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) efforts to provide farmers, ranchers, foresters and other public stakeholders with the education, technical assistance and advice necessary to ensure sustainable management of the nation’s soils. Archuleta is uniquely skilled at taking the best of what science has learned from practice and research, and communicating it in a way the enables and encourages collaborative adoption of best practices.

After earning an AS degree in Livestock Science from Northern New Mexico College and a BS degree in Agricultural Biology from New Mexico State University, Archuleta, spent two years in Guatemala as a livestock specialist for the Peace Corps. Archuleta then spent more than thirty years serving the NRCS, working in New Mexico, Missouri, Oregon, and North Carolina, as well as teaching soil health and agronomy at locations across the country.

A Certified Professional Soil Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America, Archuleta retired in 2017 to launch a pair of new initiatives, Soil Health Consultants, LLC and the Soil Health Academy. In this capacity, Archuleta continues to share his expertise in soil remediation and restoration while offering hands-on training about soil ecosystem functions to farmers, ranchers, and other land stewards. Archuleta has headlined numerous agronomy conferences, and has been featured in a range of media, including The Progressive Farmer, Daily Kos, Agriculture.com, and GreenBiz.com.

Archuleta, along with his wife and family, own and operate their own farm near Seymour, Missouri.

Mr. Archuleta’s Nobel Conference Presentation

Drawing on his experience teaching soil health to diverse audiences, Archuleta will present the essentials of what “living soil” means for agricultural producers caught in the bind between the economic realities of agriculture and their desire to care for the soil that sustains them.