Staff Biographies


Brian Waddingham | Executive Director

515.225.5531
bwaddingham@supportfarmers.com

Brian Waddingham serves as Executive Director of the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers.

Waddingham directs the Coalition’s work in helping farmers follow all rules and regulations, choose good locations for new farms, strengthen neighbor relations and safeguard air and water quality.

Prior to his work with the Coalition, Waddingham served 9 years with the Iowa Beef Industry Council as the Director of Industry Relations. He worked in the areas of producer communication, checkoff collection and compliance, coordination of research projects and the development and execution of the Beef Quality Assurance program. He also served as the Agriculture and FFA instructor at Baxter High School located in central Iowa.

He is a native of Klemme, Iowa, with a degree in agriculture education from Iowa State University.

Brian and his family reside in Ankeny.


Kent Mowrer | Field Specialist

515.249.0085
kmowrer@supportfarmers.com

Kent Mowrer serves as Field Specialist for the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers.

Mowrer assists livestock and poultry farmers in following all rules and regulations, choosing good locations for new livestock barns and feedlots, enhancing relations with neighbors and implementing best management practices that improve air, soil and water quality.

Prior to his work with the Coalition, Mowrer served as an ag account representative for Alliant Energy where he was responsible for managing relationships with ag customers for the successful delivery of Alliant Energy programs and advising and assisting farmer customers constructing new facilities. He also acted as the primary contact between the company and customers regarding questions and inquiries. Mowrer also has experience as a site development manager for an Iowa hog company, a research assistant for Monsanto and research associate for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.

Mowrer grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm near Perry and has a bachelors degree in animal science from Iowa State University. He and his family reside in Madrid.


Rita Cook | Assistant Field Specialist

515.225.5515
rcook@supportfarmers.com

Rita Cook serves as Asst. Field Specialist for the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers. She was appointed to the position in October 2010.

Rita helps market the Coalition’s services and activities to Iowa livestock and poultry farmers and provides insight on safeguarding the environment and enhancing relations with neighbors through the CSIF’s Green Farmstead Partner program. She also helps implement the organization’s farmer education efforts including the popular Farming for the Future conferences held throughout the state.

Rita was raised on a grain and livestock farm near Hubbard and served as a summer 2010 intern with the Coalition. She has a bachelors degree from Iowa State University in agricultural business, economics and public service & administration in agriculture.

Rita enjoys spending time with family and being an advocate for farmers and Iowa agriculture.


Colin Johnson | Extension Specialist / Consultant

Colin Johnson serves as an Extension Specialist for the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University. In this role, he also acts as a consultant for the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF).

Johnson provides economic and production expertise to hog farmers throughout the state. He partners with CSIF to help farm families understand rules and regulations, properly site new livestock barns and safeguard the environment. Johnson utilizes tools, including the Community Assessment Model, to better facilitate site selection and neighbor relations.

Johnson has a Masters Degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University. He resides in Wapello County on a diversified grain and livestock farm with his wife Dawn and two sons.

Evan Vermeer | Consultant / Nutritionist

Evan Vermeer serves as a Consultant and Nutritionist for Midwest PMS LLC. In this role, he also acts as a consultant for the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers.

Vermeer provides feedlot consulting services, as well as economic analysis and production expertise to cattle farmers throughout the state. He partners with CSIF to help farm families understand rules and regulations, properly site new livestock barns and safeguard the environment.

Vermeer was born and raised on a Sioux County beef and swine farm. After graduating from Iowa State University, he worked as a nutritionist for a small feed company. Throughout his career, Vermeer has managed a 10,000 head feedlot, served as a feedlot consultant throughout the Midwest and worked for the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association in feedlot services.