Bruce Knight is a nationally recognized expert on conservation, agriculture and the environment, serving in the Bush Administration at USDA as Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the federal agency for conservation on private working agricultural lands, and as Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. In 2009, after leaving federal service at USDA, Knight founded his own consulting firm, Strategic Conservation Solutions, providing services to a range of clients in the agriculture, conservation and sustainability arena, including his work as the Lead Consultant to the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium. Drawing on his experience as a former association executive, lobbyist, regulator and Capitol Hill staffer, Knight has a broad understanding of how Washington works. Knight also brings firsthand knowledge of farming to his national policymaking credentials. A third-generation rancher and farmer and lifelong conservationist, Knight operates a diversified grain and cattle operation in South Dakota using no-till and rest rotation grazing systems. His farming and ranching background gives him the opportunity to practice stewardship and husbandry, providing firsthand knowledge of the interdependency of animal, plant and human health with the environment. Knight serves on the board of the Soil Health Institute and the Soil and Water Conservation Society.