IAWA’s Diverse Leadership
The Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA) works with farmers and convenes partners to drive the adoption of conservation practices and other innovations that will improve water quality. The IAWA Business Council brings a unique private-sector set of skills and perspectives to work on this mission. The work of the Business Council is integral to IAWA's initiatives.
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
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.
ISG has a rich history, that extends over 48 years of building trusting relationships with clients, stakeholders, and the community. As a multi-disciplinary firm that is 100 percent owned by employees, ISG serves numerous business units and fosters strong collaboration between all disciplines, providing clients a diverse knowledge base, high level of creativity, and broad perspective. ISG’s business philosophy is centered around building relationships and constantly adding value through new and creative technologies, professionals, and ideas. ISG’s flexibility makes it possible; our focus and innovative solutions make it happen.
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.
At Montag Mfg., we specialize in fertilizer equipment. Our complete fertilizer application system will help you start reaping the benefits of deep band fertilizer; it adapts to most field applications where liquid or dry fertilizer banding is preferred. Our high capacity, auto steering fertilizer caddy "steers" itself to precisely follow in the tracks of any implement. The two-wheeled unit is designed primarily to deep band granular fertilizer, but can also be used in any row crop applications - liquid or dry.
At The Mosaic Company, helping the world grow the food it needs is more than just our mission – it’s a call that inspires us to do our work sustainably. As one of the world's largest producers and marketers of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients, we are committed to protecting our natural resources and are actively involved in educating farmers, retailers and other stakeholders on the importance of the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship and balanced plant nutrition.
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.