Frederick L. Kirschenmann, a longtime leader in sustainable agriculture, shares an appointment as Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center for and as President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. He also oversees management of his family's 3,500-acre certified organic farm in North Dakota and is a professor in the ISU Department of Religion and Philosophy. Kirschenmann holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Chicago, and has written extensively about ethics and agriculture. He has held numerous appointments, including the National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production operated by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and funded by Pew Charitable Trusts, and was a member of the first NOSB. He helped found Farm Verified Organic, Inc., an international agency which expanded to provide both ICS and FVO certification. His recent book, Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher, (pub. 2010, edited by Constance L. Falk), follows his writing on farming, philosophy and sustainability.  He was IOIA’s first AGM speaker in 1993.

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