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Livestock Program Manager
Meghan Filbert joined Practical Farmers of Iowa in 2014 and brings a decade of experience in livestock production systems with her. Meghan oversees the livestock program, while focusing on grazing and pasture-based livestock production.
A native of Council Bluffs, Meghan studied animal science and international agriculture at Iowa State University and worked in the animal nutrition lab at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha. She then attended graduate school at Cornell University in upstate New York focusing on livestock nutrition in developing countries. Meghan witnessed sustainable, low-input agriculture at work in many different parts of the world; lessons she continually applies today.
Prior to moving back to Iowa, she worked as an extension educator in the Catskill Mountains, where dairy farming is the backbone of rural communities. Meghan specialized in dairy calf health, manure management and water quality in NYC’s watershed. She’s able to apply her passion for grasslands, livestock integration and ecosystem health to her every day work at Practical Farmers.
Meghan raises a flock of hair sheep on a vegetable farm for soil fertility, vegetation management and meat. She’s a fanatic for all things dairy and foraging for wild mushrooms.