Our Vision

Healthy farms,
healthy fish,
healthy streams.

We strengthen local leadership and action in upper Mississippi river basin agricultural watersheds, so farms and fish thrive together.
 

Fishers & Farmers Partnership for the Upper Mississippi River Basin is a self-directed group of non-government agricultural and conservation organizations, tribal organizations, and state and federal agencies united to add value to farms while protecting, restoring, and enhancing the 30,700 miles of rivers and streams of the Upper Mississippi River Basin.

Throughout the Basin, the Partnership works to build flexible, collaborative relationships between landowners, agriculture, and conservation organizations to empower landowners to act for themselves and the greater good.

Leadership

Steering Committee

 

Our steering committee directs and oversees all Partnership activities and grants seed funding to projects in alignment with the group’s mission. Participation is voluntary.

Activities of the steering committee, staff, and work teams support the Partnership’s strategic plan, which was developed to foster collaborative conservation projects between farm landowners, farm operators, natural resource managers, and local organizations.

Steering Committee Members

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Iowa Soybean Association
Minnesota Corn Growers Association
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Missouri Department of Conservation
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
The Nature Conservancy
Trout Unlimited
U.S Dept. of Agriculture – Natural Resource Conservation Service
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Region 3
Wallace Pasture Project
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Partner organizations

Partner organizations support Fishers & Farmers’ mission and contribute to its work.

Interested organizations may join upon request, with steering committee approval. We welcome inquiries from groups that share our vision and will contribute time, expertise, funding, or other resources to improve fish habitat and life on farms.

If your mission aligns with this approach, contact Fishers & Farmers Coordinator.

Conservation & Agriculture Partners

American Rivers
Iowa Soybean Association
Minnesota Corn Growers Association
Missouri Agribusiness Association
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Northeast-Midwest Institute
Sand County Foundation
Great River Greening
The Nature Conservancy
Trout Unlimited
Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee
Wallace Pasture Project

State Agencies

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Missouri Department of Conservation
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Federal Agencies

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Region 3
U.S. Forest Service, Northeastern Area
U.S. Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

Affiliation

Fishers & Farmers is aligned with other Midwest Fish Habitat Partnerships:
TU- Driftless Area Restoration Effort
Midwest Glacial Lakes Fish Habitat Partnership
Ohio River Basin Fish Habitat Partnership
Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership

All five partnerships are members of the National Fish Habitat Partnership.  The mission of the National Fish Habitat Partnership is to protect, restore and enhance the nation’s fish and aquatic communities through partnerships that foster fish habitat conservation and improve the quality of life for the American people.

Fishers & Farmers is served by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff coordinator.

Less polarization. More shared work.