Bonnie Dalager

County Executive Director

Coordinates local county programming and operations on behalf of the Extension Council.  Families, Community and Agriculture program coordination through Extension and Outreach Specialists.

Amy Forrette

County Associate Director Youth Programming

County 4-H and youth program development.  Club, volunteer and member support.  Coordination of all Animal Science youth programming. 

Jo Engel

County Youth Program Coordinator for Human Sciences

4-H and Youth program coordination for science, ag and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, visual arts and dog project areas. 

Michele Hogrefe

Administrative Assistant

Bookkeeping and administrative assistance for the council and council related functions.  Also serves as the program assistant for 4-H  Youth Livestock program area. 

Jill Peters

Program Assistant

Extension and 4-H program marketing and communication.  Also provides administrative support for all adult programming as well as 4-H youth human sciences programs

Cheryl Hurst

County Youth Program Coordinator for School Programs at Fair

Program development and delivery for Ag-Citing and other educational school partnership programs at the Clay County Fair.

Linda Swanson

County Youth Program Coordinator for Fair Livestock Programs

Coordinates fair livestock market project areas, coordinates ultrasound programs and livestock auctions. 

Jean Johnson

County Youth Program Coordinator for In-School Programs

In-School programming coordination including Ricochet and Clover Kids.

Paul Kassel

Extension Field Agronomist
(712) 262-2264

Crop production and protection including soils, soil management and soil survey. Also soil fertility and fertilizer use, weed, insect, disease, and nematode management, tillage methods, crop management database, crop management and forage management.

Jane Nolan Goeken

Extension Field Specialist/Communities
(712) 262-2264

Community Development, economic development, eCommerce

Wade Weber

Youth Program Specialist

Educates young people in life skills, learning how to learn, communication, citizenship, leadership and decision making

Renee Sweers

Human Sciences Specialist, Nutrition & Health

Nutrition throughout the life-cycle, Nutrition, Health and Prevention of chronic disease, Women, Infant and Children's health issues, Food Safety and Quality, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Family Nutrition Program (FNP) in selected counties

Robert Coacher


Beth Doran

Extension Field Specialist/Beef

Provides Primary leadership for and conducts Extension education programming in the feedlot and cow-calf phases of agriculture.

Lori Hayungs

Human Sciences Specialist, Family Life
(605) 310-6318

Family life, parenting, and family development

Cheryl Heronemus

Regional Extension Education Director

Julie Hlas

Advancement Specialist

Public relations, media relations, marketing, digital photography, layout and design and external communications.

Kris Kohl

Extension Field Specialist/Agricultural and Bio-systems Engineering

Livestock facilities, building materials and construction ventilation systems, manure management systems, soil erosion and crop residue management, soil and water conservation, ground water quality, well construction and maintenance, farm machinery, environmental regulations, energy conservation and farm safety.

Jan Monahan

Family Finance

Financial Management for individuals and families including spending plans, budgeting for your needs, consumer decision-making, dealing with credit and debt, and planning for your future - savings, insurance, and retirement.

Melissa O'Rourke

Farm Management

Agriculture Farm Management

Agricultural law, employment legal issues, land and related leasing issues, estate and succession planning, Annie's Project for Farm Women.

David Stender

Field Specialist/Swine
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