Peggie graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Platteville with a degree in Agriculture Education, specializing in Crop and Soil Science. She is also a 2002 graduate of the Leadership Wisconsin Program which traveled to Korea and China and trained facilitator which she has utilized when working with many sister conservation agencies.
Peggie worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service for 23 years in various roles within Illinois and Wisconsin. She completed her career in NRCS as the State’s Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program Coordinator. This is where she developed a love for conservation easements, several of which were with the Driftless Area Land Conservancy. Peggie served on the Board of Directors and President for two years for the Soil and Water Conservation Society, an international conservation association based in Ankeny, Iowa.
Peggie and her husband Mickey live and farm in rural Dodgeville. Her husband raises Shorthorn Beef, which have been in the James family for several generations. Peggie has a genuine love of the Driftless Area and says that you can drive three hours south and still see conservation practices that she designed and installed. She said, “Someday, my grandchildren will drive by those installed practices and say, ’my grandma designed those terraces’!”