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. 


Haley Banwart | Assistant Field Specialist


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.


Emma Wilson | Communications Intern 


Wilson assists in creating content for the Coalition’s communications outlets as well as coordinating farmer outreach activities. She also assists with the day-to-day operations of the organization, including promotion and planning of open houses, workshops and other special events.

She has previously interned with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship as well as Prairie Rivers of Iowa as a communications intern. She is a senior at Iowa State University double majoring in agricultural communications and journalism where she stays active in many student organizations including the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow Club and Iowa State Bacon Expo.

Wilson grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm near Guthrie Center and is happy to spend her summer with the Coalition.