ILF farmer partner Scott Swanson started out farming part time and eventually made it into a full time career. He grows corn, soybeans, clover/grass, hay and some small grains on his farm near Ollie in Keokuk County.
Since he began farming 20 years ago, Swanson has used no-till to make his farm sustainable and enhance the health of his soil. He also has contour buffers, waterways, terraces, and field borders, and five years ago he began planting cover crops. Swanson says in the long run, these conservation practices don’t cost as much as one might think.
Swanson and his wife, Julie, have two children, Jenna and Joel. He is a member of the Extension Council, a 4-H Clover Kids leader, and a member of the Methodist church.