Iowa Organic Association Board of Directors:
Scott Ausborn, Vice President and Retailer Representative
Scott grew up on a small diversified farm near Ida Grove, IA. Along with row crops, his family also raises beef cattle and sheep. Scott graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Environmental Science, focusing on soil and water conservation. Scott became employed with Blue River Hybrids Organic Seed in the summer of 2008. He has held various job roles from inventory coordinator to regional sales management. He currently is the Business Development Manager for Blue River, working with organic producers across the nation. Scott and his wife Melissa make their home in Ames, IA and enjoy fishing, camping, and various outdoor activities
Kent Boyum, Education/Research Representative
Kent is an experienced businessman, project manager, educator, and environmental scientist with over 35 years of experience. He has worked for the City of Maharishi Vedic City for twelve years, and is part of a small team of people who have grown the newest city in Iowa from about 85 residents to 1,400 during his tenure. His diverse education includes a MA in biology from Mankato State University, MBA in business from Maharishi University, and a Ph.D. in Biology/Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He currently holds two titles at the City, Director of Government Relations and Director of Economic Development. He is on the Board of Directors, and part of the management, of a non-profit (MWPVO) that owns and operates a three-acre USDA certified organic greenhouse operation primarily producing organic vegetables and organic flowers.
He has been awarded grants from the US Department of Energy (USDOE), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). He is a board member of three non-profit organizations; the Iowa Organic Association (IOA), the Iowa Association of Energy Efficiency( IAEE), serving as the Vice Chairman; and the Maharishi World Peace Vedic Organics(MWPVO).
Rob Faux, Farmer Representative
After completing a PhD in computer science and adult education, as well of years of teaching at the University of Minnesota Morris and Mankato State, Rob transitioned to a small farm business in 2004. He and his wife, a professor at Wartburg, are entering their tenth year of running Genuine Faux Farm near Tripoli, Iowa. Their organic produce, certified since 2007, is distributed mostly through a 120-member CSA farm share program. Rob has been active in on-farm research on a variety of topics and keeps busy during the off-season through presentations on organic growing, local sales, and related topics.
Tyler Franzenberg, Farmer Representative
Tyler grew up on a small farm near Keystone with his father, Greg, and raises raise organic corn, soybeans, small grains, hay and conventional beef cattle. Their crops have been organic since 1999. Tyler works as an American Society of Agronomy Certified Crop Adviser as well as doing consulting on soil fertility and manure management for area farmers. He has been a dealer for Blue River Organic Seed for seven years, since returning to the farm after completing an agronomy degree from Iowa State University. In addition he also own and operate FFC Enterprises, LLC, which is a custom manure hauling and trucking business.
Cindy McCollough, Secretary and Handler/Wholesaler Representative
Cindy was raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with family roots in the Fayette area. She attended Iowa State University, where she graduated with a degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Business. After time in the pharmaceutical industry, she moved to the human health and management. Cindy and her husband have brought up two children in the Webster City area, where she manages a small farm with milking goats and a few chickens in addition to her primary business Bluestem Enterprises, an organic feed mill and warehouse. In addition to complete poultry and livestock feeds, she also sells organic seed.
Matt Miller, President and Farmer Representative
Matthew Miller is an organic farmer from Bristow, Iowa. His operation includes corn, soybeans, oats, and alfalfa. His involvement in organic production started in 2000. He has also worked as an organic inspector since 2004. Matt has inspected all types of organic operations, including row crops, horticultural crops, livestock, dairy, and various organic processing operations. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2000 with a degree in Agricultural Education & Agricultural Business.
Paul Mugge, Farmer Representative
Paul Mugge is an organic farmer from Sutherland, Iowa. He grew up on the farm where he now lives and works. Paul attended Iowa State University and worked as an engineer before returning to the family farm in 1976. He is a life-long environmentalist and his farm management has been a progression from conventional, to sustainable, to completely organic since 2001. In addition to farming, Paul teaches part-time at a local high school and is active in his local church and many organic, sustainable ag and environmental organizations. He has been married to Karen Mugge for over 40 years and has three children and five grandchildren.
Ken Roseboro, Consumer/Advocate Representative
Ken Roseboro has been called “the nation’s reporter on all issues surrounding genetically modified foods” by Acres USA magazine. Ken is editor and publisher of The Organic & Non-GMO Report, a monthly news magazine that focuses on the threats posed by GM foods and the growing non-GMO food trend. He is also editor and publisher of The Non-GMO Sourcebook, an annual directory of suppliers of non-GMO and organic seed, grains, and ingredients. Ken is author of Genetically Altered Foods and Your Health and The Organic Food Handbook both published by Basic Health Publications Ken appears in the documentary film, GMO OMG.
Dr. Ai Wen, Education/Research Representative
Dr. Ai Wen grew up in the metropolitan area of Beijing, China. She moved to New Jersey for graduate school and received her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Rutgers in 2010. Currently she is an adjunct professor at University of Northern Iowa in the field of conservation biology. Her research interests focus on wildlife in the agroecosystem. Her specialty is on the interaction between wild animals and human in the agriculture landscape.
Iowa Organic Association Board Advisors:
Margaret Smith, Advisor to the Board
Margaret works for Iowa State University as a Value Added Agriculture Extension Specialist in addition to co-managing an organic grain, forage, and livestock farm near Hampton, Iowa. Her education includes a Masters from Iowa State in Crop Production & Physiology and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Crop Ecology & Production. Margaret has been involved in a variety of projects from working with African farmers in Uganda and Swaziland, Annie’s project, course development and on-farm research.