Bloomington, IN, October 21, 2013 – Michael J. Baise, Midwest Director for the American Farmland Trust, announced Jennifer Filipiak will be joining the staff as a Natural Resource Conservationist starting October 21.
The American Farmland Trust is the nation’s leading conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land.
“Jennifer brings a wealth of experience in natural resource conservation issues and outreach to stakeholders from her experiences with the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, The Nature Conservancy of Iowa and the private sector,” said Baise. “She will be very involved in AFT’s promotion of cover crops, watershed management and outreach to women farmland owners.”
In her position with the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Filipiak was responsible for promoting sustainable agriculture, watershed partnerships and best management practices for field crops.
As Director of Conservation Science at The Nature Conservancy Iowa Field Office, Filipiak established overall conservation priorities, supplied technical support to field operations and help create, among other initiatives, the first Freshwater Program involving agricultural watershed management.
She also held positions as a Wildlife Biologist at the Lake County Illinois Forest Preserve District, served as a volunteer scientist at the Tambopata Reserve Society in Puerto Maldonado, Peru and was an Environmental Resources Specialist for the Christopher B. Burke Engineering consultancy in Illinois.
Filipiak holds a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology from Southern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Michigan University.
The Midwest Office of American Farmland Trust is located at 2717 Blue Ridge Court, Bloomington, IN 47408 and can be contacted by calling 317-508-0756. The Midwest Office focuses its work in the states of Illinois and Indiana.
Filipiak can be contacted directly by calling 309-808-3778 or sending email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since its founding in 1980 by a group of farmers and citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, the American Farmland Trust has helped save millions of acres of farmland from development and led the way for the adoption of conservation practices on millions more.
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