Iowa Collaborative Conservation

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Iowa Collaborative Conservation

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Monday, August 28, 2017 · 1 - 3pm CDT


Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden 909 Robert D. Ray Drive Des Moines, IA 50316


A celebration of collaborative conservation in America’s heartland

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Please join the Iowa Corn Growers Association, the Iowa Soybean Association and Environmental Defense Fund for an event highlighting the power of collaborative conservation and agriculture’s vital role in stewarding our nation’s land and water resources.

Monday, August 28

1–3 p.m.

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

DuPont Room

909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50316

Welcome from:

Bill Shipley: President-elect, Iowa Soybean Association Board of Directors

Remarks by:

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey

and a panel discussion with:

  • Dean Meyer: Director, Iowa Corn Growers Association Board of Directors and Chair, Animal Agriculture and the Environment Committee
  • Dave Coppess: Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Heartland Co-op
  • Dr. Steve Bradbury: Professor, Iowa State University and Workgroup Leader, Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium
  • Dave Nelson: Vice President, Nelson Family Farms and Co-owner, Brokaw Supply Company
  • Josette Lewis: Associate Vice President, Ecosystems -- Sustainable Agriculture, EDF (moderator)

Media inquiries to Hilary Kirwan:

The program also includes a sneak preview of the acclaimed new Discovery documentary film Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman, followed by a Q&A with film producer and book author Miriam Horn.


A hit at the Sundance Film Festival this year, Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman tells the inspiring story of heartland heroes who are feeding the world while stewarding natural resources. The film is a tribute to people like Justin Knopf, a fifth-generation Kansas commodity grower revolutionizing agriculture to rebuild the fertility, biodiversity, and resilience of his soils and protect downstream waters from pollution. Knopf is making long-term investments to ensure that the next generations of farmers will inherit productive lands.

Based on the book by Miriam Horn, the film was directed by Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Susan Froemke and Emmy winner John Hoffman.

Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman will be broadcast August 31 on Discovery.

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