Northwest Iowa farmer Nathan Anderson is one of three farmers elected to Practical Farmers’ board of directors

For Release: March 4, 2016

AMES, Iowa — Northwest Iowa farmer Nathan Anderson is the newest addition to Practical Farmers of Iowa’s board of directors. Nathan, who farms near Aurelia, was one of three farmers elected by Practical Farmers members to join or renew their tenure on the 12-person board of directors.

The other two farmers are David Rosmann, who farms with his family near Harlan, in western Iowa, and Tyler Franzenburg, who farms near Dysart, in east-central Iowa. The board elections took place during Practical Farmers’ 2016 annual conference.

Nathan Anderson and his wife, Sarah, farm with their family near Aurelia, raising row crops and some small grains, as well as a cow-calf and finish operation. Nathan starts his first term on the board as the new District 1 (Northwest Iowa) representative, replacing Dan Wilson, of Paullina, who served nine years on the board of directors.

“We are thankful for the guidance we’ve received through PFI beginning farmer programs and at various networking opportunities,” Nathan says. “I look forward to the opportunity to serve on the board and impact the future of Iowa agriculture systems.”

David Rosmann and his wife, Becky, live in Omaha, Nebraska, and are part of Rosmann Family Farm, near Harlan. The Rosmanns’ organic farm includes cattle, hogs, row crops, pasture, hay, popcorn and several small grains varieties. David was appointed in 2015 to fill an open board spot, and says it is an honor to serve on the board and continue the tradition of Rosmanns stepping forward to help guide the organization.

“I’m happy and humbled to be a member of the board of Practical Farmers of Iowa, an organization whose members are the pioneers and future pioneers of sustainable agriculture in Iowa,” says David, who is serving as an at-large farmer director. “But it’s even more of an honor to be a second-generation board member. My dad was there at the beginning and Practical Farmers has been a part of our lives for as long as I can remember. I’ve worked at other non-profits over the years that have complemented what I’m doing, but what makes PFI unique is the commitment to on-farm research and the spread of information among farmers.”

Tyler Franzenburg grew up on a small farm near Keystone, in east-central Iowa, and now lives near Dysart. Tyler and his dad raise corn, soybeans, small grains, hay and beef cattle. Tyler also raises organic and conventional crops for other relatives; and he owns and operates a custom manure hauling and trucking business, does consulting on manure management and has a small organic seed dealership.

With his re-election to the board of directors, Tyler is commencing his third term on the PFI board, serving as a farmer at-large director. Tyler says joining the board of directors has helped him grow his leadership skills, and deepened his understanding of PFI’s work, as well as the operation of non-profits more generally. “It’s been good getting to know the PFI members and staff, as well as being able to provide my opinion and direction as to where the organization should be headed.”

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Practical Farmers of Iowa strengthens farms and communities through farmer-led investigation and information-sharing. Our values include: welcoming everyone; creativity, collaboration and community; viable farms now and for future generations; and stewardship and ecology. Founded in 1985, farmers in our network raise corn, soybeans, livestock, hay, fruits and vegetables, and more. To learn more, visit http://practicalfarmers.org.

Contact:

Tamsyn Jones | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected]

Contact:

Tamsyn Jones | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected]