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Sutherland organic farmer receives sustainable agriculture award


Practical Farmers of Iowa has chosen Paul Mugge, an organic farmer and longtime on-farm research participant from Sutherland, Iowa, to receive the 2020 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award. The award is given each year by PFI to an individual or couple that has shown exemplary commitment to sustainable agriculture, generously shared their knowledge with others and been influential in efforts to foster vibrant communities, diverse farms and healthy food. Mugge and his wife, Karen, farm 300 acres of certified organic crops including a rotation of corn, soybeans, small grains and legumes. The farm also features a mature, 17-year-old restored prairie, prairie strips established in 2015 and a beetle bank installed with Xerces Society in 2018. The award will be presented Saturday during Practical Farmers’ 2020 annual conference, “Reclaiming Resilience,” in Ames.

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