Northeast Iowa community members invited to discuss on-farm resiliency

Farm and Food

Kate Hansen, policy associate,, 515.215.1294; Teresa Hoffman, policy communications associate,, 402.687.2100 ext. 1012; or Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager,, 402.687.2100 ext 1025

DECORAH, IOWA – Local water quality and renewable energy leaders in Winneshiek County will be the featured speakers during the Building Resiliency on the Farm virtual event Thursday, June 24 from noon to 1 p.m., hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs.

Matthew Frana, watershed project coordinator for the Winneshiek County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Joel Zook, energy planner for the Winneshiek County Energy District, will discuss how farmers, landowners, and local community leaders can implement practices, such as on-farm solar energy and water quality improvement projects, to build more resilient farms in northeast Iowa.

“Across Iowa, many farmers are asking themselves what they can do to become more resilient,” said Kate Hansen, policy associate at the Center for Rural Affairs. “We’re excited to discuss how farmers can deploy practices that improve water quality and reduce energy costs to empower them to build a more resilient future for Iowa’s family farms.”

Community members are encouraged to come prepared with topics and strategies they would like to explore. The online event is free, open to the public, and Iowans across the state are welcome to attend.

“This event will be a hands-on opportunity where farmers, landowners, and community members can have a dialogue about what more resilient farms look like,” Hansen said. “We believe in leadership at the local level and encouraging collaboration between farmers and local resources is critical to building resiliency across Iowa.”

Click here to register.

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