Sand County Foundation, a nonprofit conservation group based in Madison, has named Nicholas Goeser, Ph.D., its vice president of agricultural strategy.

Goeser joins Sand County Foundation with experience in creative research at the intersections of agriculture, conservation, government and academia. He will assume leadership of the Foundation’s agricultural conservation team and set its strategic direction in farmer and rancher engagement.

Goeser previously served as vice president of production and sustainability for the National Corn Growers Association in Missouri. In that role, he led programs, staff and worked with grower-leaders in the areas of corn research, water quality, soil health, climate change and carbon insetting approaches, and broader agricultural sustainability. Goeser also helped launch and grew “The Soil Health Partnership” as its first director, bringing the program to 140 farmers across 14 states for national impact in under four years.

Goeser has also held technology development roles within the corn and soybean seed and vegetable production industries. He grew up working on his family’s dairy farm near Plymouth and enjoys hiking, hunting and being outdoors with his wife, Renee, and their son.