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Karin Jokela

Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner, Minnesota
Karin Jokela - Xerces Society

Karin provides pollinator-related technical support and training to NRCS field office conservation planners and farmers, primarily in southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. She has a strong background in pollinator conservation and agriculture, and holds a master's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from Iowa State University, where she studied skipper butterfly conservation and grassland restoration within agroecosystems. Upon graduation, Karin conducted native plant and bee surveys for the Minnesota Biological Survey, as well as the University of Minnesota. She later served as an Ecologist and Project Manager for Great River Greening where she worked with landowners to design, implement and evaluate habitat restoration efforts. Karin and her husband are also organic vegetable farmers in southern Minnesota, and Karin manages a small native plant nursery on their farm (Sogn Valley Farm).