Hayley Nelson

Hayley Nelson

Research Coordinator

Hayley joined the Practical Farmers of Iowa team in February 2019 and currently her title is research coordinator. Her role increases the capacity of PFI’s Cooperators’ Program by coordinating on-farm research trials focused primarily on cover cropping.

Hayley was raised on a cattle farm in western Iowa and obtained her bachelor’s degrees in global resource systems and environmental science at Iowa State University in 2013. She remained in Ames to continue working in a plant pathology lab at ISU where she loved directing field research trials and managing the lab as a research associate. In 2016 Hayley began her research in the same lab as a graduate research assistant studying organic management of insect and disease pests of muskmelon and acorn squash. In 2018, she graduated from ISU with a Master of Science in plant pathology, and is looking forward to investing her energy in the mission of PFI and supporting Iowa growers.

Things that bring Hayley great joy include: reading, crafting and creating art; deep thinking and introspection; learning about houseplants; maintaining closeness with family; amazing food; biking; and singing.


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