Kayla Koether is a Food Systems Specialist specializing in beginning farmer education and outreach for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in five counties in northeast Iowa, with a partial appointment with the Extension Local Foods Team. An aspiring farmer herself, Kayla grew up near McGregor on an intensive rotational grazing farm, where her family’s strong land and community ethic shaped her passions for local, healthy food and regenerative farming systems. Those passions led her to study International Agriculture and Rural Development at Grinnell College and to travel to India and Mongolia and learn about agriculture and pastoralism abroad. Kayla intentionally returned to NE Iowa with the recognition that she can most effectively support sustainable agriculture and vibrant rural livelihoods in the cultures and communities that she knows best. She has served as an AmeriCorps member with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative where she taught public school children about agriculture and nutrition. She also worked to promote energy efficiency and local, renewable energy ownership to Iowa farmers with the Winneshiek Energy District. When she’s not thinking about food, farming, and revitalizing rural Iowa, she’s trying to hatch her own grazing plans with her partner, Landon Corlett, or doing yoga, playing music, horseback riding, or reading.