Linda Meschke has over 35 years of experience in working on agricultural and water resource issues in south central Minnesota. Her work has been focused on projects that improve rural communities and the implementation of a variety of conservation practices and getting changes on the landscape to improve water quality. She currently is working on landscape diversification, of the intense corn and soybean region in south central Minnesota, to include more perennials or 3rd Crops and entrepreneurial enterprises.
Ms. Meschke founded the nonprofit Rural Advantage in 2003 to focus her work on the interconnections of agriculture, environment and community. She holds an AAS Degree from the University of Minnesota – Crookston in Meat/Poultry Science and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.
Ms. Meschke is a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, serves on the Project 1590 Board and University of Minnesota Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships Board of Directors. She has served the community in the past as a member of the American Association of University Women, Martin County Horticultural Society, MN State Horticultural Board, 22 year 4-H leader, 13 years as a Master Gardener and 12 years as an Advisory Committee Member of the University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center – Waseca.
She is currently an elected SWCD Supervisor for Martin County and has additional experience as a farm partner for 25 years, working as the Water Planner, Wetland Administrator and Agricultural Inspector for Martin County, Minnesota; doing loan servicing for Farmers Home Administration during the farm crisis of the mid 1980’s; and as a Vocational Agricultural Instructor and FFA Advisor.