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Habitat and Policy Coordinator
Jorgen joined Practical Farmers of Iowa in February 2019 as the habitat and farm transfer coordinator. Jorgen works with PFI staff, farmers, landowners and external partners to coordinate and execute farmer-led events and research related to on-farm prairie, edge-of-field conservation practices and habitat management. Jorgen also works to build networks with farmland owners and organize regional events to strengthen and grow PFI’s farm transfer programs.
A native of Newton, Jorgen attended the University of Northern Iowa and Indiana University, receiving master’s degrees in natural resources management and applied ecology. An avid outdoorsman, Jorgen grew up hunting, fishing and working summers on the family farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. Prior to joining PFI, he worked for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as a fish & wildlife federal projects coordinator and for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as a landscape conservation specialist, working with a wide array of conservation partners and stakeholders in both roles. When not out in the woods or in a field chasing game, Jorgen enjoys hiking; bird watching; photography; reading and napping with his dogs.