Two conservation leaders have joined the advisory board for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, a research and education center at Iowa State University.
The new members are Cathy Kling, director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University, and Jody Kerns, a farmer and small business owner from Edgewood.
Kling is the Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a professor of economics at Iowa State University. Her expertise is in the costs and impacts of conservation practices, and she has collaborated with the Leopold Center to estimate conservation costs in Iowa. Her recent work has focused on the national costs of addressing hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. Kling joins sociology professor and department chair Paul Lasley and agricultural and biosystems engineering professor and department chair Steven Mickelson in representing Iowa State University on the Leopold Center Advisory Board.
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