Kayla Koether is a food systems specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in six counties in northeast Iowa. Kayla grew up near McGregor on a rotational grazing farm, where she got hooked on local, healthy food and regenerative farming systems. Her grazing passions led her to study International Agriculture and Rural Development at Grinnell College, which allowed her to travel to India and Mongolia and learn about agriculture and pastoralism abroad.
Upon returning to NE Iowa, she served as an AmeriCorps member with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, and worked in local energy with the Winneshiek Energy District. When she’s not thinking about food, farming, and revitalizing rural Iowa, you can catch her doing yoga, playing music, horseback riding, or reading. Kayla has a partial appointment with the team, and specializes in beginning farmer education and outreach.