BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Jennifer Filipiak recently joined the American Farmland Trust staff as a natural resource conservationist.

“Jennifer brings a wealth of experience in natural resource conservation issues and outreach to stakeholders from her experiences with the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, the Nature Conservancy of Iowa and the private sector,” said Michael Baise, AFT Midwest director. “She will be very involved in AFT’s promotion of cover crops, watershed management and outreach to women farmland owners.” 

In her position with the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Filipiak was responsible for promoting sustainable agriculture, watershed partnerships and best management practices for field crops. 

As director of conservation science at the Nature Conservancy of Iowa field office, Filipiak established overall conservation priorities, supplied technical support to field operations and help create, among other initiatives, the first freshwater program involving agricultural watershed management. 

She also held positions as a wildlife biologist at the Lake County Forest Preserve District in Illinois; served as a volunteer scientist at the Tambopata Reserve Society in Puerto Maldonado, Peru; and was an environmental resources specialist for the Christopher B. Burke Engineering consultancy in Illinois. 

Filipiak holds a master’s degree in wildlife ecology from Southern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University. 

AFT’s Midwest office is located in Bloomington and can be contacted by calling (317) 508-0756. The office focuses its work in Illinois and Indiana. 

Filipiak can be contacted by phoning (309) 808-3778 or emailing

AFT is the nation’s leading conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land. 

Since its founding in 1980 by a group of farmers and citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, AFT has helped save millions of acres of farmland from development and led the way for the adoption of conservation practices on millions more.