In 2016, Fred Iutzi was named as president of The Land Institute, effective October 1. He grew up on an Illinois farm and describes the fighting of soil erosion as a deep-rooted moral value instilled by his parents and grandparents.
Since then, Fred has focused his career on the sustainability of agriculture and rural communities. Prior to his move to Kansas, he managed agriculture, energy, and cooperative development programs for the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University.
His ties to The Land Institute are deep. Fred joined the institute’s Graduate Fellows Program in 2002, where he studied the possibility of growing small grains in mixtures with forage legumes. He subsequently attended seven Fellows workshops.
Iutzi earned a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri – Columbia, and a master’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Agronomy at Iowa State University. He has served in leadership roles in numerous environmental and agriculture organizations, including vice chair of the board of the Agricultural Watershed Institute and founding chair of the Illinois Biomass Working Group.
He is married to Melissa Calvillo, who has joined the teaching staff at Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina. They have two young children, Phillip and Maria.
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