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Ann joined the Council in October 2015. At the Council, Ann works to promote agricultural conservation and water quality. Prior to the joining the Council, she was the Midwest regional director for the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), where she worked on issues as diverse as crop insurance and farm to school programs. She has worked in project management and communications for NGOs, Extension and state government in Iowa, Missouri and Minnesota.
Ann received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master’s degree in Agricultural Journalism and Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was raised on a diversified century farm in Missouri, and for several years, owned and helped operate a small farm near Decorah.
The Visioning Task Force for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture (LCSA or the Leopold Center) is in the process of wrapping up its work and passing along recommendations to Iowa State University and the LCSA Board, after listening to Iowans around the state at a series of meetings that took place from August through January.
Cover crops are catching on in Iowa, but to gain their many benefits, we need to drastically increase the practice across the state. Learn more about cover crops and plan to attend cover crop and risk management field days on November 13 and November 21.
At a standing-room only meeting of the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) yesterday, September 18, 2017, IEC presented official comments requesting that the DNR and the EPC update and strengthen Iowa's Master Matrix rules for large concentrated animal feeding operations.
During the 2017 Session, the legislature passed a repeal and de-funding of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at ISU. Since then, hundreds of rural and urban citizens from Iowa advocated with Governor Terry Branstad to use the power of the line-item veto to prevent the elimination of the Center. Last Friday when the Governor signed SF 510 into law, he chose to use this power to keep the Center alive.
The Council is working with local leaders in northeast Iowa to find ways to protect uniquely vulnerable karst areas from inappropriate siting of large animal feeding operations.
On Thursday, September 29, the Iowa Environmental Council (IEC) released a new report, “Nitrate in Drinking Water: A Public Health Concern for All Iowans,” an overview of research conducted in Iowa, the U.S. and abroad that indicates the health risks associated with nitrate in drinking water may go beyond blue-baby syndrome.
This past week, the Council's water program staff attended the first series of Iowa's Water Future Advisory Committee meetings convened by Capitol Crossroads. The new effort, convened by municipal and business interests, aims to find solutions to address nitrate pollution in Des Moines' drinking water.
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