Shelby Shelton

Manager, Climate-Smart Agriculture


Areas of expertise:
Soil science, nutrient management, sustainable agriculture, agricultural supply chain solutions, conservation, and resilience

Shelby Shelton manages EDF’s collaborative partnerships in the Southeast and Midwest United States to advance on-the-ground agricultural sustainability efforts. She focuses on demonstrating the environmental impacts of conservation practices to farmers with an eye toward improving water quality, profitability, and resiliency.


Shelby brings a love for agriculture to EDF that began on her family’s farm in California. Prior to joining EDF, Shelby was a sustainable agriculture Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, managed communications for a fresh fruit and vegetable trade association in Washington, DC, and conducted research on global agriculture issues from Durham, NC. She has conducted extensive analysis of nutrient management and N fertilizer products on corn and wheat in North Carolina.


  • BS in International Agriculture and Rural Development, Cornell University
  • MS in Soil Science, North Carolina State University, Summa cum laude


Selected papers published under former last name, Rajkovich

Rajkovich, S., D. Osmond, R. Weisz, C. Crozier, D. Israel, and R. Austin. 2017. Evaluation of Nitrogen-Loss Prevention Amendments in Maize and Wheat in North Carolina. Agron. J. 109:1811-1824. doi:10.2134/agronj2016.03.0153

Rajkovich, S., C. Crozier, T. Smyth, D. Crouse, D. Osmond. 2015. Updating North Carolina corn yields and nitrogen recommendations to match current production practices and new hybrids. Crop, Forage, and Turfgrass Management Journal. Vol. 1, No. 1. DOI: 10.2134/cftm2014.0085.

Rajkovich, S., A. Enders, K. Hanley, C. Hyland, A.R. Zimmerman, J. Lehmann. 2012. Corn growth and nitrogen nutrition after additions of biochars with varying properties to a temperate soil. Biology and Fertility of Soils 48:271-284.