Mark Jackson

About Mark Jackson

Mark is a grain and livestock farmer in Mahaska County, near Rose Hill. He farms soybeans and corn and raises pigs with his son, Michael, and brother, Tom, on their family's Century Farm, which dates back to 1890. In addition to two grown children, Mark and his wife, JoAnn, have five energetic grandchildren and a host of shop cats. The Jacksons are passionate about our environment, conservation and the importance of the family legacy toward these goals.

Mark Featured by TED@Unilever

In 2014, Mark was one of the featured speakers in a TED event in New York City. TED Talks partnered with Unilever to place a spotlight on ideas, projects and insights they hope will contribute to shifting perspectives and a brighter future. The program, "TED@Unilever" provided a voice to 16 people, spanning several continents, to share their ideas of creating social and business change for billions of people.

In his talk, Mark painted a picture of the struggles and joys that his family has gone through since the 1800s while farming near Rose Hill. He highlighted technology he uses on his farm to aid in conservation and decrease pesticide use while saving on fuel costs.

Mark's Farm Life Journal

In 2017, Mark shared a closer look at his farm in the monthly Farm Life Journal blog series. The year-long diary chronicled all aspects of life on his farm; from equipment repair to sustainability to budgeting for farm expenses. He also shared personal stories, including the joys of farming with children and the antics of his furry farm companions.

Mark Joins Let's Grow Together

Mark also shares his passion for agriculture through his involvement in Let's Grow Together, a collaboration between the Iowa Food & Family Project and Earl May Nursery & Garden Center. The program encourages Iowans to take try their hand at food and flower gardening. Mark provides valuable insights about agriculture while opening up conversations on the similarities between gardening and farming. Learn more about Let's Grow Together.

Mark Jackson describes how his leadership roles in state ag groups have led to a desire to share his family's farming story.