In Remembrance


Kevin Brussell Soldiers Grove, WI 2011Kevin Brussell


Kevin was a long-time organic activist, researcher and working organic farmer. He received the Spirit of Organic Award from the Organic Trade Association in 2008, recognizing his broad influence on the expansion of organic agriculture.

Kevin had 30 years of organic production experience on his family’s fifth generation grain and livestock farm in southeastern Illinois. He served as the superintendent of Organic Dairy Research at the University of New Hampshire, overseeing the first working organic dairy farm at a land grant University. Through the Midwest Organic Farmers Cooperative, under OFARM (Organic Farmers’ Agency for Relationship Marketing), Kevin provided leadership in the volatile area of organic commodity crop production and sales.

Kevin took leadership roles with the Illinois Sustainable Agricultural Society, the Southeastern Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Association, the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, and the Midwest Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. He served as president of Ag Organics. He also helped coordinate on-farm research and demonstration projects with the University of Illinois Agro Ecology Program, and was a part of the research committee for the Illinois Council on Food and Agricultural Research (CFAR), and co-chair of the CFAR Rural Economic Development working group.

As founding board member of the Illinois Chapter of the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA), he chaired the certification committee. He was a certified organic farm and processing inspector. He provided impetus for the formation of the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Association (NODPA), then served as a non-producer board member for that organization.

Kevin had an infectious enthusiasm for organic and enjoyed sharing his knowledge. He put his heart and soul into helping others succeed. He is missed throughout the organic community.

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