Our Staff

omar de kok-mercado

Agroforestry Technical Service Provider

(608) 448-6432 ext. 215

Omar provides technical assistance and advice to beginning agroforestry farmers. Omar joins the Savanna Institute staff having already served on its board of directors. He currently manages silvopasture on his organic farm near Pilot Mound, Iowa as a regenerative grazier and is interested in the large-scale integration of a continuous grazing network into row crop agriculture. Omar brings to the Savanna Institute an expertise in soil microbiology and agroecology having completed his studies at Iowa State University. He recently led the STRIPS Team in writing and implementing the USDA Conservation Reserve Program CP43 Prairie Strips policy and brings along his experience working as a conservationist and state technical committee member for the USDA-NRCS.