Staff

Amber Luckstead


County Extension Program Director
amberlea@iastate.edu
563-927-4201

Cindy Baumgartner


Human Sciences Specialist, Nutrition and Health
cbaum@iastate.edu
563-927-4201

Nutrition and wellness education

Julie Diesch


Office Assistant/Bookkeeper
jdiesch@iastate.edu
563-927-4201

Paul Mariman


Regional Extension Education Director
pmariman@iastate.edu
563-583-6496

Open Position


County Youth Coordinator
collinsm@iastate.edu
563-927-4201

Katie Peterson


4-H Youth Program Specialist
katiejp@iastate.edu
563-583-6496

4-H

Kristi Cooper


Human Sciences Specialist, Family Life
kcoop@iastate.edu
(319) 377-9839 Ext 315

Educator of sustainable living, aging and caregiving, parenting and fatherhood, quality child care and child development, relationship education, self-care and stress management.

Sean Galleger

Sean Galleger


Account Manager - CIRAS
galleger@iastate.edu
515-290-0181

Sean has more than 20 years of experience in managing financial and operational areas of manufacturing firms, including mergers & acquisitions, contract negotiations and financial analysis. Sean was previously in the Aerospace industry in California, was CFO of a manufacturing firm in Detroit, managed acquiring and selling manufacturing businesses in Texas and was most recently VP of Contracts and Pricing for an automotive industry company in Indiana.

Dan Huyser

Dan Huyser


Agricultural Engineering Program Specialist
dehuyser@iastate.edu
(641) 435-4864

Dairy Engineering

Brian Lang


Extension Field Agronomist - Forage Specialist
bjlang@iastate.edu
563-382-2949

Develop and conduct educational programs in row crop, forage, and pasture management with emphasis on integrated crop management and controlled intensive grazing. Specific areas of expertise include: corn, soybean, small grain, hay, silage, and grazing management; soil testing and nutrient recommendations; manure management; pesticide management; conventional, ridge-till, and no-till production; with emphasis on net profit, sustainability, and environmental concerns. Advise and assist with multi-agency water quality projects in Northeast Iowa. Arrange multi-disciplined programs with local and state extension agricultural specialists, agricultural providers, and conservation agencies. Provide timely media releases on critical crop management related issues.

Patrick O'Malley


Commercial Horticulture Specialist
omall@iastate.edu
319-337-2145

Horticulture

Virgil Schmitt


Extension Field Agronomist
vschmitt@iastate.edu
563-263-5701 or 563-260-3721 (cell)

Production of corn, soybeans, small grains, and forages and the management of diseases, insects, and weeds that affect these crops

Kristin Schulte


Farm and Ag Business Management Specialist
kschulte@iastate.edu
563-419-2790

Land leasing, land valuation, financial analysis, government programs, and risk management. In addition, Schulte will specialize in dairy economic, financial statements and analysis.

Denise Schwab


Beef Specialist
dschwab@iastate.edu
319-472-4739

Production information related to nutrition, facilities, health, records analysis, and pasture and forage management for beef and sheep producers. Individual consultation on improving productivity in livestock operations.

Mark Storlie


Swine Field Specialist
mstorlie@iastate.edu
563/425-3331

Swine production management—production pig flow, breeding and farrowing schedules, principles and application of PQA; initiating and using production and financial records for management—marketing, cost control; analysis of nutritional feeding programs; alternative housing options—hoop buildings; mortality composting; contracting considerations—production and marketing; development and communication with employees—production handbooks; development of computer templates for management control or awareness; support of value-added production and marketing systems —organic, sustainable production, direct marketing

Susan Taylor


Family Finance Specialist
taylorse@iastate.edu
(563) 583-6496

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.

Larry Tranel


Dairy/Beef and Forage Field Specialist
tranel@iastate.edu
563/583-6496

Dairy/beef and forage production with additional specialties in management intensive grazing and dairy financial management

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