ME alum, Iraq War vet implements conservation farming practices in Northern Iowa

ISU mechanical engineering alum and Iraq War vet Adam Boge on his farm
Adam Boge shows the height of the elevated ridges on his cropland and corn residue, key elements in his ridge till system to manage soil erosion and improve soil health. Photo by United States Department of Agriculture.

An Iowa State University mechanical engineering alumnus and Iraq War veteran was recently featured on the United States Department of Agriculture blog for his efforts practicing conservation farming techniques in Northern Iowa.

Adam Boge joined the military right out of high school before attending ISU where he studied Ag Systems Technology and Mechanical Engineering. His studies were interrupted in 2003 when he was deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom as part of the Army National Guard’s 1133rd Transportation Company out of Mason City. Since returning to the United States, Boge has moved his operation to Cerro Gordo County in North Central Iowa where he plants corn and soybeans. He hopes to take advantage of the Conservation Stewardship Program – part of the 2014 Farm Bill which provides support for veterans who are beginning farmers – to widen stream buffers and improve nutrient and pesticide application techniques across his 980 acres.

To read more about Boge’s service and his conservation practices, click here.