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.


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. 

   

Haley Banwart | Assistant Field Specialist

515.225.5526

hbanwart@supportfarmers.com

Haley Banwart serves as Assistant Field Specialist with the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers.

Banwart communicates the Coalition’s mission and services by sharing the success stories of Iowa’s farm families who have grown their livestock farms successfully and responsibly using on-farm best management practices.

After spending two summers as the Coalition’s communications intern, Banwart became a permanent member of the CSIF staff. She graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and journalism. Banwart is also currently pursuing her Master’s degree in agricultural education with an emphasis in communications.

A native of northwest Iowa, Banwart grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm near West Bend.