Dennis McLaughlin

Dennis McLaughlin began demonstrating conservation practices on his acreage as a way to preserve resources for future generations. For 30 years he has been applying these conservation methods to his heritage farm, which was established in 1854.

McLaughlin grows corn, beans, oats, mixed hay, and has a cow/calf operation on his Madison County farm. To reduce his impact on the land, he uses contour terraces, buffer strips, no-till, ridge-till, rotational grazing, sacrifice areas, and stream bank buffers.

McLaughlin has a 19-year-old daughter, Hannah, and a 34-year-old son named Kyle. He is active in his church and a member of Practical Farmers of Iowa.

Building a Culture of Conservation

“Little people in little places doing little things”
                         – Monsignor Liguti

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