DeCook Field Day

By Taylor on June 24, 2015 in Blog

Buffalo roam DeCook's ranch in Monroe County. (Photo by Ron Huelse)

Buffalo roam DeCook’s ranch in Monroe County. (Photo by Ron Huelse)

INHF board member Mike DeCook will host a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day at his ranch in Lovilia on Tuesday, July 28, from 1-4 p.m. The afternoon will be an opportunity for guests to brush up on their pollinator, prairie and bison-grazing education.

DeCook manages an organic, grass-fed bison herd on his ranch, using fire and managed grazing to restore native plants in his pastures. For two decades, he and his family have worked together to establish and “re-wild” their corner of southern Iowa.

He plans to speak about his year-round bison grazing operation and his efforts to promote grazing and wildlife together through various management practices. One of DeCook’s main missions in his efforts is to combine his love of Iowa’s open natural areas with ecological restoration, all on a working ranch.

Researchers and prairie experts will also present on prairie management, prairies on working lands, the benefits of prairies, pollinators and more:

Elizabeth Hill
Center for Prairie Studies, Grinnell College
Joe McGovern
President, INHF
Matt O’Neal
Iowa State University
Lisa Schulte-More
Iowa State University

Mike DeCook can be contacted at 641-946-7226 or More information can also be found here (on page 25).