Iowa farming for Earthjustice

I spent some time over the summer photographing farms in Southwest Iowa for Earthjustice. It's always fascinating to learn first hand about the environmental issues Earthjustice is tackling. I knew sustainable farming practices were an issue in Iowa, but it's something else to stand in a field and hear life-long farmers discuss the problems, the solutions and the long term health of our agricultural practices. Please learn more about the issue and the people in the photos by reading the story here. 

Chris Teachout, a fifth-generation farmer outside of Shenandoah. Teachout uses cover crops between corn and soy plantings to protect and regenerate the soil.

Chris Teachout, a fifth-generation farmer outside of Shenandoah. Teachout uses cover crops between corn and soy plantings to protect and regenerate the soil.

Seth Watkins works on his farm near Clarinda.

Seth Watkins works on his farm near Clarinda.

Watkins' farm outside of Clarinda

Watkins' farm outside of Clarinda

 Peter Lehner examines the topsoil on Seth Watkins' farm near Clarinda in southwest Iowa. Photographed on July 26, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
Earthjustice attorney Peter Lehner

Earthjustice attorney Peter Lehner

 Farmland in southwest Iowa, photographed on July 27, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Cattle grazing on restored prairie on Seth Watkins' farm near Clarinda in southwest Iowa, photographed on July 27, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Seth Watkins on his farm near Clarinda in southwest Iowa, photographed on July 26, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.