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The 1987 Iowa Groundwater Protection Act that created the Leopold Center, established a board to advise the director on funding of research proposals, policies and procedures, budget development and program review. In 1994, four ex-officio members active in farming and agribusiness were added to the board and received full voting privileges in 1999.
The board includes representatives from Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and a man and a woman actively engaged in agricultural production, appointed by the State Soil Conservation Committee. The board also includes representatives from four Iowa farm groups: Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Agribusiness Association of Iowa and the Iowa Farmers Union.
The advisory board meets four times each year. See our calendar for details about the next meeting.
Chair; Environmental Protection Division administrator, Iowa Department of Natural Resourceswilliam.email@example.com
Ehm represents the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on the Leopold Center Advisory Board. He was named administrator for the Environmental Protection Division in July 2011. Formerly DNR's Water Policy Director, he led the development of a statewide strategy to create a water use plan that addresses water quality and quantity issues, from transportation and water-based recreation to flood plain management, water supplies, allocation and conservation policies. He also worked with Iowa's impaired waters program. Prior to his work with the DNR, Ehm was director of the Soil Conservation Division of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Before joining state government, Ehm was a full-time farmer in southern Iowa for about 20 years and had served on the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission. He has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Iowa State University and a MBA from Drake University. He is a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society and the AM Rotary Club of Des Moines, and a former school board member. He and his wife Rose Ann live in West Des Moines but continue to own a cash grain farm in Clinton County and a broiler chicken operation in Union County.
Vice-chair; Associate professor and associate dean, Drake Universitykeith.firstname.lastname@example.org
Summerville represents the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities on the Leopold Center Advisory Board. He teaches courses in conservation biology, entomology, restoration ecology, sustainable development and zoology as well as a beginning course, Foundations of Environmentalism. A native of Richfield, Ohio, he has an undergraduate degree in environmental science from Westminster College in Pennsylvania. He earned a master's degree in engineering and a Ph.D. in zoology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
He also serves as associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at Drake. Since joining the faculty in 2002, he has tackled a number of research projects on Iowa ecosystems. He's studied the prairie moths that pollinate environmentally-threatened western fringed prairie orchid in central Iowa, and reptiles in Polk County's Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt and the Sandhill Prairie. He also received a USDA Managed Ecosystems Program grant to research restoration of prairie insect biodiversity in agricultural landscapes.
In 2005, Summerville joined the Iowa Audubon Society board of directors and has developed plans for its Iowa Important Bird Areas. He advises the Chichaqua Greenbelt advisory committee as they critique and revise a 10-year master plan for prairie and wetland restorations. He is a member of the Des Moines Urban Conservation Advisory Board and Polk County Conservation Advisory Board.
Lehman represents the Iowa Farmers Union on the Leopold Center Advisory Board. Lehman is a sixth generation farmer in northern Polk County, where he has a corn-soybean-hay operation. He is a member of the Iowa Farmers Union, formerly its executive director and legislative director. He also is a member of the North Polk Community School District and is a teacher and choir member at his church. He has a bachelor's degree in physics from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Assistant Vice President and Head, R&D Department, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Companydalef@fmh.com
Farnham represents the State Soil Conservation Committee, where he is serving a six-year appointment by Governor Branstad as the committee's "cities and towns" representative. He lives in Ames in Washington Township. He has worked in a number of positions as agronomist and agribusiness manager, and currently is a managing officer for Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company in West Des Moines.
He grew up on a corn, soybean and livestock farm outside Gowrie in southwest Webster County, where he farmed with his family for five years after earning a bachelor's degree in agribusiness management from Arizona State University. In 1987 he enrolled in a graduate program to study agronomy at Iowa State University. He received a master's degree in 1989 and a Ph.D. degree in 1992, both in crop production and physiology.
He has worked as a manufacturing engineer for Motorola and with Cenex Land o' Lakes. He also has worked for Iowa State University Extension as Webster County Extension Education Director in Fort Dodge, then as a crops field specialist in north central Iowa serving Calhoun, Franklin, Hamilton, Hardin, Humboldt, Webster and Wright counties. In 1996, he returned to campus where he was a state corn specialist and an assistant professor in the Department of Agronomy.
In 2001, Farnham left ISU to join Monsanto, Inc., as technology development manager for southwest and northeast Iowa. He has worked at Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance since 2004.
Co-owner and manager, Premier Crop Systems LLCdan@premiercrop.com
Frieberg represents the Agribusiness Association of Iowa on the Leopold Center Advisory Board, He and his wife Kate are co-owners and managers of Premier Crop Systems LLC. The company helps customers, commercial growers and agronomists who manage more than 2 million acres of farmland in several Midwestern states understand and analyze precision ag data from yield monitors and numerous other sources. An Iowa native, Frieberg grew up on a small livestock/crop farm near Fairfield. In 1978, he received his B.S. in Farm Operations from Iowa State University, and he and Kate purchased a retail agribusiness that they operated until 1981. He was employed at the Agribusiness Association of Iowa from 1989 to 1995, then was an independent business consultant until starting Premier Crop Systems in 1999.
Gronau represents the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation on the Leopold Center Advisory Board. For the Farm Bureau, he represents 11 counties in west central Iowa. He farms with his wife, Judy, and their son, Greg. They grow corn, soybeans, and hay in a system that has been no-till since 2003.
The Gronaus are members of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and Iowa Soybean Association. They have participated in the soybean association's Certified Environmental Management Systems for Agriculture (CEMSA) program, a process by which participants can measure the impact of current practices to reduce energy use and use of commercial fertilizers. Their farm also is enrolled in a carbon credit program.
Gronau has a degree in history and economics from Wayne State college in Nebraska. Since joined the Crawford County Farm Bureau in 1974, he has served in numerous leadership capacities including the federation's speaker corps and on several statewide environmental committees. He has served on the county extension council and is a member of the Crawford County Board of Adjustments.
Professor and department chair, Iowa State Universityhogberg@iastate.edu
Hogberg represents Iowa State University on the Leopold Center Advisory Board. Hogberg chairs the ISU Department of Animal Science and has been a member of the ISU faculty since 2003. He also chaired the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State from 1984 through 2002. His work has focused on swine extension, swine management, and applied research in swine nutrition and management.
He is a native of Red Oak and a graduate of ISU, where he earned B.S., M.S. and doctorate degrees in animal nutrition.
He and his wife, Anne, have a son, Michael, and a daughter, Emily.
Associate professor, University of Iowaerinemail@example.com
Irish represents the University of Iowa on the Leopold Center Advisory Board. She is a corn geneticist; she grows and hand-pollinates approximately a half-acre of corn each summer for her experiments. Her work addresses a basic question in biology about how plants develop. A native of Ohio, she has lived in Iowa since 1990.
She and her husband have begun to restore a 40-acre pasture in Cedar County to the oak savannah that it once was by removing invasive species of plants and introducing locally collected seeds of native species.
She has a bachelor's degree in biology from Hiram College in Ohio and a Ph.D. from Indiana University with post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University. Results of her research, funded by the National Science Foundation and the USDA, have appeared in numerous scientific journals and presented at conferences throughout the United States.
Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculturejay.firstname.lastname@example.org
Johnson represents the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship on the Advisory Board. He was appointed deputy secretary in January 2012, following a 28-year career with the USDA Packers and Stockyards Administration. He grew up in rural northern Illinois where he was active in 4-H, primarily breeding and showing cattle.
He received a degree in agricultural business from Western Illinois University in 1983. He also was a member of the inter-collegiate livestock judging team. He began his career at the USDA in South Saint Paul, Minnesota. After two years, he transferred to Washington, D.C., where he worked in various positions for 13 years, including drector of the USDA Packer and Poultry Division.
In 1998, the program reorganized and Johnson moved to Des Moines to direct the Midwestern regional office. He managed all packer-stockyard activities in a 12-state Upper Midwest region and all hog issues on a national basis.
Johnson and his wife live in rural Warren County with their three children. They raise and show club lambs and show performance Quarter horses.
Farmer, Solon ZJ Farm and Local Harvestsusan@zjfarms.com
Jutz represents Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) on the Leopold Center Advisory Board. She owns and operates ZJ Farm and the Local Harvest CSA near Solon in eastern Iowa. On 80 acres she raises vegetables to supply a 250-member CSA enterprise, plus she direct-markets lambs from 40 ewes every year. She follows organic practices and uses rotational grazing for her livestock. Jutz is a past president of PFI, and has participated in on-farm research trials. She also is a member of the advisory board for the Henry A. Wallace Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, and is actively involved in the development of local food networks for low-income and special needs families. She works with the Local Foods Connection, a private nonprofit group in Iowa City that is active in addressing local food issues. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota; and a master’s in social work from the University of Minnesota. She has four sons, two of whom provide help with the CSA operation.
Professor and department chair, Iowa State Universityplasley@iastate.edu
Lasley represents Iowa State University on the Leopold Center Advisory Board. Lasley has been an ISU Extension sociologist since 1981. His research focuses on the organization of U.S. agriculture and how changes in agriculture affect rural communities. A major focus examines trends in rural culture and what these trends suggest about the future of rural communities, families and social organizations. Lasley also is co-investigator of the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll, a series of statewide surveys among farm operators on major agricultural and rural development issues. Areas of research and extension expertise include rural development, community development, sustainable agriculture, and leadership in agriculture. He grew up on a farm in northern Missouri and holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His undergraduate work was in animal husbandry. Lasley also is a board member for Youth and Shelter Services and a deacon at the United Church of Christ-Congregational in Ames.
Professor, University of Iowageorgeemail@example.com
On the advisory board Malanson represents the University of Iowa, where holds the Coleman-Miller Professorship, the highest honor in the University of Iowa’s Department of Geography. In addition to teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes, Malanson conducts research that integrates landscape ecology, climate change and geography. His 1993 book, Riparian Landscapes (Cambridge University Press), largely based on research in Iowa, is a standard textbook in landscape ecology programs and among professionals.
His research projects have taken him all over the world, from a study of carbon sequestration and alternative land use in southern Illinois, agricultural practices over time in the rice fields in northeastern Thailand and the effects of climate change on the alpine tundra of the Rocky Mountains.
Malanson has worked on a number of research grants with the National Science Foundation, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. He is a co-author of a book that documents climate change in Glacier National Park, The Changing Alpine Treeline (2009 Elsevier Science). He is currently on the editorial board of three technical journals.
He lives in Iowa City with his wife, Mary McCoy Malanson.
Department Chair and Charles R. and Jane F. Olsen Professor of Engineering, Iowa State Universityestaben@iastate.edu
Mickelson represents Iowa State University on the Leopold Center Advisory Board. He joined Iowa State in 1982 as a faculty member in Freshman Engineering. He joined the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) in 1996. Mickelson served as the Associate Chair for ABE from 2005-2011. He was also the Director for the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and the Co-Director of Learning Communities at ISU from 2008-2011. He was named chair of ABE in 2011. His research has focused on assessment of agricultural best management practices for improving water quality.
He grew upon a family farm near Rembrandt, Iowa, and received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree in agricultural engineering from ISU.
Professor, Dordt Collegejohn.firstname.lastname@example.org
He represents the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities on the Leopold Center Advisory Board. Olthoff teaches a range of courses in animal science and courses that support the general requirements of the college. He also is associated with the College's Agriculture Stewardship Center. Olthoff also chairs the Sioux County Extension Council and is a member of the Sioux Center Christian School board and involved with Laotian ministry. He has a Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Nebraska, an M.S. in animal science from the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. in biology from Trinity Christian College.
She represents the State Soil Conservation Committee on the Leopold Center Advisory Board. A native of New York, she owns a 522-acre farm in Van Buren County, which has been farmed with continuous no-till since 1980. She has worked as a full-time farmer in Iowa for more than 20 years, and operates the farm with assistance from her two sons. In May 2001, she was appointed to represent southeast Iowa on the State Soil Conservation Committee. She has a bachelor's degree in animal science from the University of Georgia and completed graduate hours at Iowa State University in ag education. She has served as a commissioner or assistant commissioner for the Van Buren County Soil and Water Conservation District since 1995.