Pheasants Forever Announces Hiring of Ryann Rich as Regenerative Ag & Conservation Specialist in Michigan’s SW Lower Peninsula

With generous support from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Sustain Our Great Lakes Program, Pheasants Forever is proud to announce Ryann Rich as the organization’s new Regenerative Ag & Conservation Specialist in Michigan’s SW Lower Peninsula. In her new role, Rich will assist landowners in identifying opportunities to implement regenerative ag practices that simultaneously improve their operation’s sustainability and profitability. 

“Michigan’s diverse agricultural landscape presents unique opportunities to implement conservation practices that are mutually beneficial for farmers and wildlife,” said Ben Beaman, Michigan state coordinator. “Ryann has the skills and expertise to help farmers identify these opportunities and implement solutions, and we couldn’t be more excited to have her as a part of the team.”

Leading this new initiative, Rich will seek to assist a range of farm types – dairies, row crops, produce, grazing operations, etc. – to incorporate best management practices on their working lands that improve soil health, wildlife habitat, and water quality, all without sacrificing (and in many cases, improving) an operation’s return-on-investment. Additionally, the position will serve as a conservation leader in the region to foster and expand collaborative public-private partnerships with state and federal conservation agencies, NGOs, and Ag industry professionals that help advance a voluntary, incentive-based approach to private lands conservation.

A native of southwestern Michigan, Rich earned a dual bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Natural Resources Management from Northern Michigan University. She brings significant experience in the field of agriculture and natural resources to her new position to help producers address sustainability and agronomic challenges on their farms.

“I’m excited to bring my knowledge about wildlife and regenerative agriculture to this new position with Pheasants Forever and look forward to working with farmers who are eager to adapt their management in ways that are beneficial to the overall health of their farm and surrounding habitat,” said Rich.

For more information about regenerative agriculture planning or to become a cooperating farmer, contact Ryann Rich at (616) 302-4208 or

About Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever make up the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. This community of more than 400,000 members, supporters and partners is dedicated to the protection of our uplands through habitat improvement, public access, education and advocacy. A network of 754 local chapters spread across North America determine how 100 percent of their locally raised funds are spent — the only national conservation organization that operates through this grassroots structure. Since its creation in 1982, the organization has dedicated more than $1 billion to 567,500 habitat projects benefiting 22 million acres.

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