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Practical Farmers of Iowa co-founder, dies at 81

Posted on 20 August 2013 by KWBG

BOONE, Iowa—Boone farmers and Master Researcher Dick Thompson passed away last weekend.  Thompson, 81, was the co-founder of Practical Farmers of Iowa and a guiding light for the organization since its founding in 1985.

Dick and his wife, Sharon, hosted more than 41,000 visitors and conducted more than 52 research projects on their farm since 1987.  On-farm research is at the heart of Practical Farmers of Iowa’s farmer-to-farmer organization.  Dick and Sharon were recognized as Master Researchers of Practical Farmers in 2013.  Dick last presented his research results at the 2013 PFI Annual Conference in Ames.

Boone City Superintendent of Utilities Roy Martin told the City Council about Thompson passing at Monday’s City Council meeting.  Martin said that Thompson had worked with the for more than 30-years, handling solids from the city’s water environment plant at McHose Park.  Martin says Thompson’s meticulous record keeping, on more than one occasion, responded to concerns raised by either the EPA or the DNR.  Martin says the city will continue working with Thompson’s son Rex.

Dick Thompson, Boone County farmer and  co-founder of Practical Farmers of Iowa.

Dick Thompson, Boone County farmer and co-founder of Practical Farmers of Iowa.

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