Published Apr 21, 2017

Members in the News – Voicing their support for Leopold Center

By Sally Worley
Many members have spoken out in support of the Leopold Center in multiple venues and articles. If you were featured in the news regarding Leopold Center, and aren’t in the list below, let us know by contacting Erica at


Mark Peterson, with Anna Johnson (l) and Stephanie Enloe (r) from Center for Rural Affairs at the public hearing Monday

Mark Peterson, with Anna Johnson (l) and Stephanie Enloe (r) from Center for Rural Affairs at the public hearing Monday


Mark Peterson of Stanton,  Aaron Lehman of Polk City, Liz Garst of Coon Rapids, Angie Carter of Davenport, Ryan Marquardt of  Van Meter, and Joe McGovern of Bondurant spoke in support of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture during Monday’s public hearing with lawmakers at the Capitol.

Mark Peterson and Aaron Lehman were featured in an Associated Press article — “Iowa family farmers say budget cuts would be devastating” — that was picked up by numerous media outlets both inside and outside of Iowa, including:
  • The Omaha World-Herald
  • Times Union — (Albany, NY)
  • The Hawk Eye
  • The Daily Nonpareil
  • Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • Argus-Press — (Owosso, MI)
  • Quad-City Times
  • Mason City Globe Gazette
  • St. Joseph News-Press (St. Joseph, MO)
  • KTIC-AM — (West Point, NE)
  • Newton Daily News
  • Merced Sun Star — (Merced, CA)
  • The Daily Progress — (Charlottesville, VA)
  • Sioux City Journal
  • Rural Radio Network — (Nebraska)
  • 104.9 Max Country radio — (Nebraska)
  • KRVN-AM — (Lincoln, NE)
  • AgWeb (part of Farm Journal Media)
  • The State — (Columbia, SC)
  • Miami Herald — (Miami, FL)
  • Dubuque Telegraph Herald
Other stories and op-eds about the Leopold Center featured:
>Ben Lehman of Polk City, Mark Rasmussen of Ames, Aaron Lehman and Mark Peterson in Farm News
>Vic Madsen of Audubon, in Carroll Broadcasting Company
>Liz Garst of Coon Rapids and Mark Peterson in Radio Iowa
Defenders of ISU’s Leopold Center speak at statehouse hearing
>Ralph Rosenberg of Des Moines, Liz Garst, Mark Peterson, Aaron Lehman and Mark Rasmussen in Iowa Farmer Today
UPDATE: Farm groups react to proposed Leopold Center cuts
>Jim Penney of Ames, Vic Madsen and Aaron Lehman in Iowa Ag Connection and Morning Ag Clips
>Angie Carter of Davenport and Mark Peterson in The Des Moines Register
>Andrea Basche of Washington D.C., Gabrielle Roesch-McNally of Corvallis, OR, and Angie Carter co-authored an op-ed in FoodFirst (also known as the Institute for Food and Development Policy)
>Mark Peterson in Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network
>Aaron Lehman in The Des Moines Register