Fort Dodge farmer practicing and promoting environmental stewardship12/13/2018 | Soil Health, Water Quality, Soybean News
By Lauren Houska, ISA communications specialist
Brent Larson of Fort Dodge was awarded the Environmental Leader Award, sponsored by Peoples Co., at the Iowa Soybean Association awards banquet Dec. 13 for his commitment to practicing and promoting agriculture management practices that improve the environment.
“I credit my Father, Brian, for my interest in conservation as he was open to testing and implementing new practices over the years,” said Larson. “We now use no-till, precision agriculture, and cover crops.”
Raised on a diversified family farm in Webster County, Brent Larson wears several different hats — as a farmer, a professional farm manager at Sunderman Farm Management Co., and an officer in the U.S. Air Force.
Prior to re-joining his family farm and joining the team at Sunderman Farm Management in 2005, Larson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management from the U.S. Air Force Academy and served on active duty for seven years. Today he serves in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Webster University and a Master of Professional Agriculture from Iowa State University. He is a licensed real estate broker and crop insurance salesman.
“I utilize my on-farm experience to best serve my clients,” said Larson. “I help them look into the financial and environmental benefits of conservation practices.” He often works with out-of-state landowners to help them find farmers that will be excellent stewards of the land.
A true asset to the Iowa Soybean Association, Larson often shares new ideas, tools, and information with ISA and frequently refers farmers and clients to the ISA Environmental Program Services (EPS) team as a resource for further conservation efforts. He worked closely with ISA this year on water sampling and is currently working with the ISA EPS team and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to complete a Resource Stewardship Evaluation on his family’s fields.
He lives with his wife and three sons on his family farm and continues to farm with his father and two brothers. Sunderman Farm Management Co. shows support for ISA as a Gold Club Member.
Katie Johnson, ISA public relations manager, contributed to this report.
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