5th Generation Farmer
Roy Bardole is a 5th generation farmer from Rippey, Iowa. Along with his two grown sons (Peter and Tim) and his wife Phyllis, Roy farms about 1,400 acres of soybeans and corn. An innovative and progressive farmer Roy was an early adopter of precision and no-till farming practices. He is active in the promotion of American soybeans domestically and internationally serving as the Chairman of the United States Soybean Export Council and a Director of the United Soybean Board.
Presenter for the Following Session
- National Youth Summit on the Dust Bowl
In the 1930s drought and intensive farming in the Great Plains brought about dust storms, crop failure, and human misery in one of the worst ecological disasters in America’s history. The 2012 National Youth Summit will unpack this story and connect it with current issues of drought, agricultural sustainability, and national and global food security. The Summit will include segments from award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns’s forthcoming film The Dust Bowl, and a discussion moderated by Huffington Post science correspondent Cara Santa Maria featuring: Ken Burns; Dust Bowl survivor Cal Crabill; USDA ecologist Debra Peters; 5th generation farmer Roy Bardole from Rippey, Iowa; and Glenn Roberts, farmer and founder of Anson Mills.