Panel Discussion: Iowa Farmers on Sustainability

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Date/Time:Tuesday, 05 Apr 2016 at 7:00 pm
Location:Sun Room, Memorial Union
Channel:ISU Lecture Series
Categories:Lectures Live Green Student activities
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"Farming for the Long Term." Three Iowa farmers share practical solutions and personal experiences with conservation and sustainable agriculture practices. The Shivvers Memorial Lecture.

Nathan Anderson is a beginning farmer who graduated from Iowa State in 2010 with a degree in agronomy. He farms near Cherokee on an integrated crop/livestock farm and is interested in promoting farming designs that insure long-term sustainability. He is a commissioner for the Cherokee County Soil and Water District and a member of Practical Farmers of Iowa.

Mike DeCook operates a ranch near Lovilla in southern Iowa, where he custom grazes cattle and raises grassfed bison. He is committed to restoring biodiversity of native species and donated 200 acres of land to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation to be permanently protected by a conservation easement.

Laura Krouse is the owner of Abbe Hills Farm near Mount Vernon. In addition to operating a 200-member CSA and selling vegetables and eggs locally, she markets Abbe Hill Open Pollinated Seed Corn, a heirloom yellow dent corn grown on the farm since 1903. Krouse taught biology at Cornell College and is a longtime commissioner for the Linn County Soil and Water District.

Mark Rasmussen, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, will moderate the discussion.