Research and Field Crops Director, Practical Farmers of Iowa
Stefan joined Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) in August 2013. An agronomist by training, Stefan’s primary responsibility is to manage the Cooperators’ Program, PFI’s vehicle for conducting on-farm research on the issues and concerns deemed most important by PFI members. He also coordinates field days, conference sessions and workshops for PFI’s field crops program.
Stefan grew up in southeast Wisconsin and gained an appreciation for the environment after spending many hours hunting and fishing with his family. This appreciation for the environment birthed a curiosity in the intersection of the natural landscape and the ever-present agricultural landscape. He pursued this curiosity academically, receiving his BSc in Crop Sciences from the University of Illinois in 2005 and an MSc in Crop Production and Physiology and Sustainable Agriculture from Iowa State University in 2010. In 2017, Stefan received his PhD from Iowa State University, majoring in Crop Production and Physiology and Sustainable Agriculture. His primary research interests were cover crops, third crops, and alternative crop rotations.