Iowa Ag Water Alliance’s Diverse Leadership
The Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA) Business Council brings a unique private-sector set of skills and perspectives to work on improving water quality. The Business Council will work with the existing IAWA Advisory Council and other partners to advise and guide plans that define the next steps in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy to build the necessary conservation infrastructure.
Business Council Executive Team
Adam Herges is the Sustainability Agronomist with The Mosaic Company. Adam’s role includes being the technical research agronomist for Public Affairs, supporting nutrient stewardship, and nation-wide implementation of the 4Rs (Right rate, Right source, Right time, and Right place) to optimize yields while mitigating and minimizing nutrient runoff to water resources. Adam’s prior roles include working for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture while finishing his B.S. in Applied Plant Sciences at the University of Minnesota. He then became a graduate research assistant where he studied the effects of cover crops on water quality in agricultural production systems. After receiving his M.S. in Agronomy, Adam was the Director of Research and Market Development for the South Dakota Soybean Association and the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.
Business Council Participating Companies
The Context Network believes in growing a world that is more productive, efficient, and sustainable. They do that by helping clients like you achieve remarkable results. Their passion for agriculture is what drives them and is one of the main reasons why they have become a premier global and agribusiness consulting firm in advancing agriculture. By focusing on market assessment, competitive landscape, option evaluation, technical development and more, they provide customers with the strategic perspectives needed to outperform competition. The Context Network is positioned to help develop and execute plans that deploy organizational capital to more effectively address goals, regardless of where one is in the planning process.
Iowa Select Farms is a family-owned pork producer in Iowa and is committed to responsibly producing safe, nutritious, and high-quality pork for their customers and the food companies they serve. Founded by Iowa Falls natives Jeff and Deb Hansen Iowa Select Farms has 242,500 sows and annually produces more than one billion pounds of pork. With 800 swine farms across the state, Iowa Select Farms is one of the leading economic engines to Iowa’s rural communities, as it employs more than 1,200 Iowans, contracts with more than 650 farmers and supports hundreds of local businesses across the state.
La Crosse Seed, LLC. endeavors to help lead the growing interest in cover cropping, soil health practices and water quality by providing education to distribution channel partners accompanied by high quality seed and excellent service.
Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN™ is a leading conservation solutions provider, advancing and connecting stewardship efforts throughout the food system with scale — from farmers to ag retailers to partners like food companies. Every farmer’s stewardship journey is different, and Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN™ aims to meet farmers where they are by offering a customized, systems-based approach to conservation and sustainability. For Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN™, sustainable agriculture means a farm is continuously improving its stewardship of the air, soil and water, safeguarding natural resources for generations to come. A sustainable farmer makes business decisions that keeps his or her operation strong and resilient for the long term. And, a sustainable food system also supports a more connected relationship between consumers and those who work hard to feed them.
At Nutrien, their purpose is to grow our world from the ground up. As the world’s largest provider of crop inputs, services and solutions, Nutrien plays a critical role in feeding the future by helping growers to increase food production in a sustainable manner. They’re moving the agriculture industry and the world forward – today and for generations to come. Nutrien is a Canadian fertilizer company based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It is the largest producer of potash, and the second largest producer of nitrogen fertilizer, in the world. It has 1,500 retail stores and more than 20,000 employees.