Currently earning his Master's Degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University, Brian has extensive experience on the farm and in the engineering lab. As co-owner of a 170 cow/250 acre dairy near Waukon, IA, Brian has managed both animal husbandry and crop production, including corn, alfalfa, oats and cereal rye, as well as pastureland.
In addition to his on-farm work, Brian has an Associate Degree in Farm Management from Ellsworth Community College (IA), a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecological Engineering from Oregon State University, and is completing his Master's program at Iowa State. As part of his studies, Brian is investigating the effects of cropping management practices on soil health and nutrient losses to agricultural tile drainage water.
As a Nuffield Scholar, Brian is looking to study the intersection of soil health, water quality, and agricultural management practices, with a focus on the fundamental importance of soil health to agricultural sustainability, and related global efforts to regenerate agricultural soils.
Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Pork Producers Association, National Pork Producers Board, and the Iowa Farm Bureau are jointly supporting this Nuffield International scholarship.