Iowa Master Conservationists Say Training Left Lasting Impact

March 31, 2022 1:00 PM

When Sue Kuennen was named the Iowa Conservation Woman of the Year in 2016, she was surprised by the recognition. She always assumed the things she was doing to improve her 160-acre farm were the same as other farmers were doing. “It was truly amazing to me the practices I have implemented that others were not already doing,” said Kuennen. Her commitment to crop rotation, improving wildlife and pollinator habitat, and improving water quality and drainage has been part of her DNA since she and her husband, the late Jim Massman, bought the farm in 2010. By participating in the conservation programs of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Kuennen has expanded her knowledge of conservation and the types of projects she has undertaken on her land. Just two years ago, she completed one of extension’s premier conservation training programs – called the Iowa Master Conservationist Program...

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Adam Janke Associate Professor

Adam Janke is the statewide Wildlife Extension Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Adam is a trained wildlife biologist, having received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in wildlife conservation and ecology from three land-grant schools in the Midwest.  He is also certified ...