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Sheila Knoploh-Odole grew up on NE Iowa on acreage at the edge of town. Her father worked in farm financing and her mother taught music lessons and played the organ for church. Her grandparents ran a diverse heritage farm with dairy cows, hogs, chickens a vegetable garden and fields of corn, alfalfa and later soy before it was taken over by an uncle.

Sheila currently lives in Des Moines where she has a growing general law and mediation practice and raises her two children. She has a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa where she studied environmental and economic planning, as well as sustainability and food systems. She additional has a J.D. from Drake University Law School where she studied local government, sustainability and agricultural law. Her goals for the future include expanding her practice to include sustainability consulting and farm succession planning.

Sheila is a SILT founder and now serving as the organizations Executive Director. She can be reached at sheila@silt.org