Board of Directors

Practical Farmers' board is composed primarily of farmers – a key requirement that helps the organization stay focused on its farmer members' priorities.

Practical Farmers of Iowa is governed by a 12-person board of directors. To ensure that we stay focused on our members’ priorities, 10 of the 12 board members must be farmers. One farmer director is elected from each of our five Iowa districts. Additionally, five farmers and two non-farmers are elected from the membership at-large. Board members serve in many capacities, from ensuring we maintain fiscally sound and effective programs to providing leadership, advice and direction to staff and volunteers.

Board Duties

The Practical Farmers of Iowa board:

  1. Determines the Practical Farmers mission and purpose
  2. Provides guidance on our programs and services
  3. Ensures that Practical Farmers has adequate resources for its programming
  4. Serves as the “public face” for the organization
  5. Provides proper financial oversight
  6. Selects the Executive Director
  7. Supports the Executive Director and reviews his or her performance
  8. Guides the development of a Strategic Plan
  9. Ensures legal and ethical integrity, and maintains accountability; and
  10. Recruits and orients new board members and assesses its own performance.

2016 Practical Farmers Board of Directors

Mark Peterson (Southwest)
President
Farmer
Stanton, IA

Vice President
Farmer
Charles City, IA

Gail Hickenbottom (at-large)
Treasurer 
Non-Farmer
West Des Moines, IA

Ann Franzenburg (Northeast)
Secretary
Farmer
Van Horne, IA

Vic Madsen (at-large)
Farmer
Audubon, IA

Mark Quee (at-large)
Farmer
West Branch, IA

Gayle Olson (Southeast)
Farmer
Winfield, IA

Nathan Anderson (Northwest)
Farmer
Aurelia, IA

Tyler Franzenburg (at-large)
Farmer
Keystone, IA

David Rosmann (at-large)
Farmer
Omaha, NE

Kurt Van Hulzen (at-large)
Farmer
Sac City, IA

Julie Wheelock (at-large)
Farmer
Sac City, IA

Larry Kallem, Ex officio
former Exec. Director, IA Assn of Co-ops
Madrid, IA

Sharon Thompson, Ex officio
Farmer
Boone, IA