Kossuth County Woman One of Four Honored for Their Impact on Iowa Agriculture

Four women, including one from Kossuth County, received the Women Impacting Agriculture award for their contributions to Iowa agriculture at the 7th Annual Iowa Women in Ag Leadership Conference organized by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Joanne Bode is a proud promoter of Iowa agriculture in Kossuth County.  Her family operates the specialty crop business Bode’s Moonlight Gardens.  After growing and selling produce for several years, Bode and her family were mentored into the pumpkin business by neighbors who were ready to retire.

Her social medial pages educate and advocate for local agriculture by sharing daily activities on the farm.  She hosts a pumpkin patch each October with several community outreach events.  Bode was actively involved in the Iowa State University Extension Lead Community Visioning Project completed in Algona in 2022 and continues working to implement the plans.