The Land Institute is very pleased to welcome Fred Iutzi as our new president! Fred grew up on an Illinois farm and his career has focused on the sustainability of agriculture and rural communities.
Fred succeeds Wes Jackson, who founded the institute 40 years ago and who will remain active in the organization and serve as president emeritus.
Fred Iutzi’s deep ties to The Land Institute include participation in our Fellows program and seven Fellows workshops. After earning his bachelor’s degree in geography at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a master’s degree in sustainable agriculture and agronomy at Iowa State University, his career has focused on farm research and rural development, including management, fundraising and program development.
He and his wife Melissa Calvillo and their two children — Phillip and Maria — have moved to Salina from Dallas City, Ill., where they were the fifth and sixth generations to live on the family farmstead.
Fred and our team continue to depend on the support of thousands of individuals, partners and organizations who have made The Land Institute’s vision a reality, and together we look forward to the next 40 years of transformational collaborations.