Dr. Josh Beniston

Dr. Joshua Beniston completed his PhD at CMASC in 2013 and has continued to promote soil health and conservation. Josh often draws on experiences from his time at CMASC and remains passionate and enthusiastic about soil science. In early 2022, Josh joined the Soil Health Division (SHD) of the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as a Regional Soil Health Specialist. Soil Health Division provides leadership on the NRCS's soil health policies, tools, practice standards, assessments, programs, technology, training, and approaches used by staff, partners, and customers. Josh’s work with SHD focuses on training and technical assistance. He is an instructor for the “Soil Health & Sustainability” class, which is a three-day class and field training that SHD provides to NRCS conservation program staff. Josh is also leading efforts on technical advice on soil health for urban agriculture in U.S.D.A.’s urban focus counties across the U.S. Prior to working with NRCS, Josh was a faculty member for sustainable agriculture and soil science at Santa Rosa Junior College in Sonoma County, California. He also worked as a consulting soil scientist coordinating on-farm research and doing outreach on soil health, primarily with wine grape growers. Josh and his wife have three children and live in Northern California.