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 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. We work for flexible, collaborative relationships between landowners, agriculture, and conservation organizations to empower landowners to act for themselves and the greater good.
Our steering committee directs and oversees Partnership activities and grants seed funding to projects that align with the group’s mission. Participation is voluntary.
Steering committee, staff, and work team activities support the Partnership’s strategic plan, which advances collaborative conservation projects between farm landowners, farm operators, natural resource managers, and local organizations.
Steering Committee Members
Terry Spence | Farmer representing Family Farms For the Future and Citizens Legal Environmental Action Network
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Iowa Soybean Association
Steve Sodeman | Farmer representing Minnesota Corn Growers Association
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Missouri Department of Conservation
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
The Nature Conservancy
U.S Dept. of Agriculture – Natural Resource Conservation Service
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Region 3
Rod Ofte | Farmer representing Wallace Pasture Project
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Missouri Agribusiness Association
Sand County Foundation
Great River Greening
Upper Mississippi River Conservation CommitteeU.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5
U.S. Forest Service, Northeastern Area
U.S. Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
Petition To Join
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.
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. The National Fish Habitat Partnership recently released “Our Story,” a video which highlights 10 years of the National Fish Habitat Partnership, as told through the narration of Board Members.