Our Mission

Society’s advance is contingent upon transformational changes in our food production system. Transformational changes seldom come from federal research organizations or universities. Currently, the farmers and ranchers are leading the innovation of food production systems, ahead of the researchers. Producers require independent, unbiased scientific support to ensure that concepts, practices, and systems are scalable and transferable to other operations and regions.

Our Team

Jonathan

Jonathan

Dr. Lundgren is an agroecologist, Director ECDYSIS Foundation, and CEO for Blue Dasher Farm. Lundgren’s research program focuses on assessing the ecological risk of pest management strategies and developing long-term solutions for sustainable food systems. His ecological research focuses heavily on conserving healthy biological communities within agroecosystems by reducing disturbance and increasing biodiversity within cropland.

One of his priorities is to make science applicable to end-users, and he regularly interacts with the public and farmers regarding pest management and insect biology.

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Jenna

Jenna

Jenna received her B.S. in Biology from the University of MN, Duluth. She’s passionate about preserving the natural world around us through research, education, and farming innovation. She believes that the future of our global food system and planetary health depends on inspiring the current and next generations to act. She’s spent the last 20 years working within the Girl Scout organization, helping to foster earth-friendly practices among the younger generations. In addition to her volunteer and advocacy roles, she’s worked for numerous years in management, marketing, and event planning. Blue Dasher Farm is the culmination of years of planning, dreaming, and aiming for a greener way of life.

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Claire

Claire

I am Claire Bestul LaCanne, I am an MS student at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD and received my Bachelor’s degree in biology from Augustana University. I am studying entomology and natural resource management, and my passion for conservation and sustainability is the foundation of my interests. My research involves sustainable and regenerative agriculture, specifically how management practices affect overall health of agroecosystems. My MS thesis involves comparing regenerative, life-promoting farming strategies (such as cover crop usage and reduced tillage practices) to conventional insect management strategies (limited crop rotation, tillage) and analyzing how these strategies affect insect diversity and soil health in a corn production system in the Midwest.

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Michael

Michael

As a PhD student at Ecdysis I focus my research on adding stability to agroecosystems. My passion revolves around adapting on-farm practices which allow producers to avoid pest pressure and withstand climatic extremes by using management strategies that mimic nature. In the past I have studied the use of insecticidal seed treatments and the unintended negative effects that this pest control strategy has on beneficial pollinators and predatory insects. Today, my fellow scientists and I seek to improve pest resistance, erosion control, and overall soil health through adding diversity across the farmscape. We are finding that the more we can diversify our cropping systems by using crop rotations, cover crops, and integrating livestock, fewer inputs are needed to maintain high profitability while simultaneously regenerating soils and wildlife habitat.

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Jacob

Jacob

I am Jacob Pecenka, a M.S. student at South Dakota State University where I earned B.S. degrees in Biology and Biotechnology. I have conducted research looking at risk of neonicotinoids in milkweed to monarch butterflies, but currently I am looking at the effect cattle management practices in the Norther Great Plains have on the dung arthropod communities living in the dung pats. Specifically I am interested in dung beetles and seeing if use of parasiticides such as ivermectin have a negative impact on their abundance and diversity in the region. Check out a video of my work by CLICKING HERE, or feel free to email me at jacob.pecenka@gmail.com if you have any questions about what I do!”

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