Esther Shekinah, PhD
January 1, 2019
Dr. D. Esther Shekinah joined MFAI in 2017 and comes to the organization with more than 18 years of research experience in sustainable agriculture. She earned her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Agronomy and worked for many years with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research as a Senior Scientist on limiting external input use in agricultural systems by promoting resource and residue recycling, integrated crop – livestock systems, and co-developed land use plans for the five major agroecosystems of India. Later, working on crops such as rice, wheat, soybeans, pearl millet, sugarcane, and forage crops, she focused her research on conservation and sustainable use of resources, nutrient cycling and micro irrigation by conducting field trials and basic research. She has been involved with cover crop research at MFAI over the past three years and is managing the CBD and grain hemp trials this year. MFAI has provided her a platform to work in organic agriculture and she continues to engage in cover crop research, develop production practices for crops in organic agriculture, diversity in cropping systems, and resource conservation. She is also working to involve herself with women in agriculture.