Staff Biographies

Brian Waddingham | Executive Director


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.

Kent Mowrer | Field Specialist


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. 

Rita Cook | Assistant Field Specialist


Rita Cook serves as Asst. Field Specialist for the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers. 

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.

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.