Hayley Nelson

Hayley Nelson

Research Assistant

I joined the Practical Farmers of Iowa team as research assistant in February 2019. My role will increase the capacity of PFI’s Cooperators’ Program by coordinating on-farm research trials focused primarily on cover cropping.

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

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