Longtime Agriculture Advocate Lauded as Coalition-Builder
Marty Schwager has been named Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s (IFBF) Director of Field Service, succeeding longtime IFBF employee Joe Johnson in the role. Johnson, who was recently named IFBF Executive Director, says Schwager’s reputation for building successful coalitions with business and industry groups, legislators and farmers will help meet Farm Bureau’s goals as the 100-year-strong farm organization moves forward.
“Marty is widely recognized within the organization and across the industry for his forward-thinking passion for ag, diplomacy and ability to reach common ground to achieve goals. For all those reasons and more, he is perfectly suited to work with our staff and farm leaders as we come together to find solutions for the next century of issues for agriculture,” says Johnson.
Prior to being named Director of Field Service, Schwager served in several roles at IFBF, including State Lobbyist, National Lobbyist and Regional Manager. Schwager’s long service to agriculture also includes working as Director of Producer Education for the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA), overseeing the Pork Quality Assurance program and Swine Welfare Assurance program, along with other producer and consumer educational efforts. In addition to his agriculture expertise, the Clive resident served as president of the Clive Chamber of Commerce and as a volunteer for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.
“I’m honored to take on this new role within Farm Bureau. I am motivated by our members and staff and look forward to seeing what we can accomplish for Farm Bureau and Iowa agriculture moving forward,” says Schwager.
Schwager earned his Agricultural Business bachelor of science degree and his Master of Agriculture degree from Iowa State University.