Iowa Drainage School August 24-26, 2021 | Nashua, Iowa


  • Kapil Arora

    Kapil Arora
    extension field agricultural engineer, Iowa State University, Winterset, IA

    Kapil Arora is an extension field agricultural engineer covering seventeen counties in Central Iowa for Iowa State University Extension. Over the last five years, Kapil has held various workshops on drainage water quality and drainage design; and has helped various producers in understanding and solving various drainage and sub-surface water management issues.

  • Brian Dougherty

    Brian Dougherty
    extension field agricultural engineer, Iowa State University, Dubuque, IA

    Brian covers nineteen counties in Northeast Iowa as an extension field agricultural engineer with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Brian has researched the effects of cropping system management on nutrient losses to subsurface drainage water. His extension activities focus on the areas of soil and water quality.

  • Chris Hay

    Chris Hay
    senior environmental specialist, Iowa Soybean Association, Ankeny, IA

    Chris Hay is a senior environmental specialist with the Iowa Soybean Association. Chris joined ISA in September 2015. Hay’s responsibilities include managing ISA’s certified water quality lab, providing technical assistance for field planning/experimental operations and leading scientific research efforts. Prior to joining ISA Chris was an associate professor at South Dakota State University focusing his research on agricultural drainage practices.

  • Matt Helmers

    Matt Helmers
    professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

    Matt Helmers is professor and extension agricultural engineer in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. Dr. Helmers research and extension activities focus on the areas of water quality and water management as they relate to crop production with specific interest in water management and agricultural drainage.

  • Kelly Nelson

    Kelly Nelson
    research professor, Plant Sciences, University of Missouri, Novelty, MO

    Kelly Nelson is a research agronomist based at the Greenley Research Center, Novelty, MO. His research is focused on increased agronomic production needs specific to Northeast Missouri. Nelson conducts applied research in forage production systems, alternative crops, pest management and tile drainage. He also collaborates with campus-based faculty, growers and industry representatives. His research emphasizes the integration of crop production systems with the economic realities of farm management.

  • Kristina TeBockhorst

    Kristina TeBockhorst
    extension field agricultural engineer, Iowa State University, Iowa City, IA

    Kristina is an extension field agricultural engineer with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, covering 21 counties in southeast Iowa. Kristina’s graduate research at ISU studied impacts of drainage water management systems on crop production and water quality. Since joining ISU Extension and Outreach as a field specialist in August of 2018, Kristina has been assisting with tile drainage water quality research at the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm and helping producers with tile drainage system questions.

  • Kale Van Bruggen

    Kale Van Bruggen
    attorney, Rinke Noonan, St Cloud, MN

    I was lucky enough to be raised on my family’s corn, soybean, and wheat farm in rural southeast North Dakota. You might find it “emusing” that we even raised emus for several years under the business name “Dutch Emu Acres” (“Wooden shoe like to see our emus?”). Growing up farming with family taught me patience, responsibility, respect for natural resources, a solid work ethic, and the value of perseverance. My parents still farm south of Litchville and I enjoy the opportunity to help cultivate and harvest when I am home.

    Farm advocacy (we called it “agvocacy”) was an important part of my upbringing and shaped my choice to attend Drake University Law School, where I completed the Food and Agricultural Law Certificate program and graduated with highest honors. I bring my passion for farm “agvocacy” into my work representing farmers, landowners, and rural, local governments on litigation, regulatory and transactional matters primarily focused on water resources.