2015 Annual Conference

In this spot on Earth called Iowa, soil maps reveal some of the highest quality topsoils in the world. Rainfall charts and physical maps show plentiful water (usually) that others envy. But on other maps our fingers follow routes of unsustainable erosion levels from uncovered soil and tile lines. Still other maps show rapidly declining biodiversity. We need to draw Iowa’s map anew, so that — from the Mississippi to the Missouri — our state is filled with an agriculture that supports farms prized for their diversity of crops and livestock, food that is celebrated, and communities alive with diverse connections between farmers and friends of farmers. The 2015 Annual Conference will foster discussion on longer crop rotations, cover crops, pollinator habitat, weather resiliency, soil preservation, perennial crops, diverse crop mixes and irrigation. We will also explore how to tackle low profit margins and volatile market prices, and how to chart a profitable future. Learn from discussions between beginning farmers navigating future farming careers, and experienced farmers helping them reach their destinations through farm succession, mentorship and education. Find your way to Practical Farmers’ 2015 Annual Conference, settle in and set your path.

LEVEL A

Albert Lea Seed House

Contact:  Jim Wichmann   
Albert Lea, MN   
507-373-3161

Applegate

Contact:  Gina Asoudegan
Bridgewater, NJ
215-431-4932

Calcium Products Inc.

Contact:  Craig Dick  
Ames, IA  
515-864-7335

eMerge Genetics

Contact:  Wayne Hoener  
West Des Moines, IA  
515-314-1003

Iowa Learning Farm

Contact:  Carol Brown  
Ames, IA  
(515) 291-8912

Iowa SARE

Linda Naeve  
Ames, IA  
515-294-8946

ISU Agronomy/Sustainable Ag Grad Program

Contact:  Mary Wiedenhoeft
Ames, IA
515-294-3274

Sustainable Farm Partners

Contact:  Harn Soper
Santa Fe, NM
650-804-0198

USDA NRCS

Contact:  Laura Crowell  
Des Moines, IA  
515-323-2207

WeedGuardPlus

Contact:  Mike Gallagher
Aurora, CO
720-427-3417

LEVEL B

Grain Millers, Inc.

Contact:  Sam Raser  
Eden Prairie, MN  
952-983-1311

Great Lakes Organic Feed Mill (Herbrucks)

Contact:  Dan Bewersdorff
Saranac, MI
616-902-8623

Henry A. Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture

Contact:  Matt Liebman
Ames, IA
515-294-7486

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

Contact:  Dana Ardary
West Des Moines, IA
515-225-5456

Iowa State University Extension

Contact:  John Lawrence
Ames, IA
515-294-7801

ISURF/CAD

Contact:  Julie JG Minot
Ames, IA 
515-294-9442

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Contact:  Laura Miller
Ames, IA
515-294-3711

Midwest Insurance Corp

Contact:  Nikki Ball
Nevada, IA 
515-382-3541

Niman Ranch

Contact:  Phil Kramer
Latimer, IA
515-290-8636

Organic Valley/Organic Prairie

Contact:  Joe Klein
La Farge, WI
608-778-8811

Pro-Soil

Contact:  Wayne Volkl
Alburnett, IA
319-329-9720

USDA FSA

Contact:  John Whitaker
Urbandale, IA
515-331-8480

LEVEL C

Blue River Hybrids

Contact:  Maury Johnson  
Kelley, IA  
800-370-7979

Gateway Market

Contact:  Adam Bartlet
Des Moines, IA
515-243-1754

I-CASH

Contact:  Ralph Altmaier  
Iowa City, IA  
319-335-4229

Iowa Cover Crop

Contact:  James Holz
[email protected]
515-370-4356

Iowa Energy Alternatives

Contact:  Todd Hammen
New Sharon, IA  
641-623-9463

National Center for Appropriate Technology

Contact:  Ann Y. Robinson
Des Moines, IA
479-587-3474

Principal Financial Group

Contact:  Jolena Irving
West Des Moines, IA
515-246-4943

Riverside Feeds, LLC

Contact:  James Frantzen
Elma, IA
641-257-8122

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Contact:  Joshua Wenderoff  
Washington, D.C.  
202-540-6542

LEVEL D

Agnition

Contact:  Jennifer Stahle
Solon, IA
319-541-9934

Allamakee County Soil & Water Conservation District

 Contact:  Sara Berges
 Waukon, IA
 563-568-2246    ext. 3

BFG Supply Company

Contact:  Linda Schinness
Burton, OH
440-498-8337

Bluestem Organic Feed Mill

Contact:  Cindy McCollough
Webster City, IA
515-832-2992

Conklin Products

Contact:  Kent Winburn
Malcom, IA
641-990-6591

Cowsmo

Contact:  John Rosenow
Cochrane, WI
608-626-2571

Farm Credit Services of America

Contact:  Teresa Davenport
Perry, IA
515-465-5673   ext.16023

Frommelt Ag Service

Contact: Terry Frommelt
Greeley, IA
563-925-2270

Genetic Enterprises

Contact:  Alix Paez
Johnston, IA
515-865-8834

Grassland Oregon

Contact:  Brent Jones
Salem, OR
503-302-7538

Green Cover Seed

Contact:  Colten Catterton
Bladen, NE
402-984-1631

Green Light Renewable Services

Contact:  Tim Kruse
Des Moines, IA
515-250-4268

Humane Society of United States

Contact:  Chris Petersen
Clear Lake, IA
641-425-8760

Iowa Agricultural Development Division

Contact:  Emily Toribio
Des Moines, IA
515-725-4900

Iowa Beef Center

Contact:  Dan Loy
Ames, IA

Iowa Central Community College

Contact:  Mike Robertson
Fort Dodge, IA
515-574-1943

Iowa Environmental Council

Contact:  Katy Heggen
Des Moines, IA
515-244-1194

Iowa Farmers Union

Contact:  Deborah Bunka
Des Moines, IA
515-451-8492

Iowa Forage and Grassland Council

Contact:  Joan O’Brien
Des Moines, IA
515-262-8323

Iowa NutGrowers Association

Contact:  Jeff Jensen
Lone Rock, IA
515-320-6756

Iowa Organic Association

Contact:  Roger Lansink
Ames, IA
[email protected]
712-369-1287

Iowa Waste Reduction Center

Contact:  Lea Hensel
Cedar Falls, IA
319-273-8905

Iowa Water Center

Contact:  Melissa Miller
Ames, IA
515-294-7467

Johnny’s Selected Seeds

Contact:  Randy Cummings
Winslow, ME
207-465-6671

LaCrosse Seed

Contact:  Bert Strayer
Ankeny, IA
3119-240-0561

MOSA Organic Certification

Contact:  Joe Pedretti
Viroqua, WI
608-637-2526

MSU Organic Farmer Training

Contact:  Jeremy Moghtader
East Lansing, MI
734-904-3747

Nuest, INC

Contact:  Len Wuest
Monticello, IN 
574-581-1989

Prairie Creek Seed

Contact:  Karl Dallefeld
Cascade, IA
877-754-4019

Prairie Rivers of Iowa

Contact:  Penny Brown-Huber
Ames, IA
515-232-0048

ProfitPro, LLC

Contact:  Faye Rudsenske
Albert Lea, MN
888-875-2425

Prudenterra

Contact:  Luke Gran
Neveada, IA
515-451-1202

Red Fern Farm

Contact:  Tom Wahl
Wapello, IA
319-212-0877

Renewable Farming LLC

Contact:  Jerry Carlson
Cedar Falls, IA
319-240-4547

RIGGAN AG/Green World Path

Contact:  Matt Riggan
Oxford, IA 
319-530-4287

Rolling Meadows

Contact:  Jamie Hostetler
Bellevue, IA 
815-718-1100

Stonebridge Ltd.

Contact:  Pamela Ryan
Cedar Falls, IA
319-277-4277

Sunopta

Contact:  Laverne Klecker
Hope, MN
507-451-4724

Sustane Natural Fertilizer

Contact:  Kyle Lilly
Cannon Falls, MN
507-263-3003

Town & Country Insurance

Contact:  Doug Follman
Webster City, IA 
515-832-3787

Trees Forever

Contact:  Jeff Jensen
Marion, IA
515-320-6756

USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service

Contact:  Greg Thessen, Director
Des Moines, IA
515-284-4340

LEVEL E

American Organic Seed

Contact:  Rebecca Sidor
Warren, IL
855-945-2449

Four Seasons Tools

Contact:  Maureen Branstetter
Independence, MO
816-444-7330

Organic & Non-GMO Report

Contact:  Kim LaVoie
Fairfield, IA
641-209-3426

Self Help International

Contact:  Nora Tobin
Waverly, IA
319-352-4040

Story County Soil & Water Conservation District

Contact:  Mark Tjelmeland
Nevada, IA
515-434-2440

Wallaces Farmer

Contact:  Rod Swoboda
Urbandale, IA
515-505-1543

Welter Seed & Honey Co

Contact:  Karen Knepper
Onslow, IA.

Wheatsfield Cooperative

Ames, IA
515-232-4094