Lori K. Mannel

County Extension Director

Agriculture and Natural Resources, Community Economic Development

Laura Ballard

Office Manager

Office Support, Reception, Bookkeeping Coordination

Sarah Jo Reynolds

County Youth and 4-H Coordinator

Youth and 4-H

Sue Richardson

County Families Coordinator

Families and Human Sciences

Mary Tighe

Mentoring Program Coordinator

KIDS with a Connection Mentoring Program

Terry Torneten

Regional Extension Education Director
(712) 792-2364

David Brown

Family Life Program Specialist
515 298 1505

Provides research-based learning opportunities for professionals, community leaders,and volunteers. Builds partnerships by facilitating individual, organizations and communities to work together to address high priority needs. Provides leadership, delivery and support for porgrams like Strengthenign Families, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, and training programs for child care providers and new child care center directors. Serves Audubon, Buena Vista, Calhoun, Carroll, Cherokee, Crawford, Greene, Guthrie, Ida, Pocahontus, Sac, & Shelby counties.

Chris Clark

Beef Field Specialist

Beef Production Management

Shane Ellis

Farm Management Specialist

cattle and hog marketing; costs of production; price risk management

Abbie Gaffey

Community Development Specialist

Leadership development and organization development

Joe Hannan

Commercial Horticulture Field Specialist

Commercial fruit and vegetable production including small fruits, tree fruits, and vegetables, soil fertility, irrigation, and high tunnel production.

Alan D. Jensen

Community Developement and State Geospatial Technology Program Coordinator
(515) 290-2075,

Geographic information systems, conservation, small town and rural planning

Mark Johnson

Field Agronomist

Educational programs for agronomic resource management with emphasis in: conservation and land use; manure nutrient management; soil and water quality; soil fertility; soil survey use; and crop production.

Lee H. Kilmer

Dairy Program Specialist

Instruction Dr. Kilmer teaches nutrition and management; and guest lectures in various animal science and veterinary medicine courses, and milk production. Research Dr. Kilmer's areas of research are software development for management information systems on microcomputers and mainframes including the ISU dairy ration program, revisions to the Dairy Herd Improvement Association feed information program, and development of templates for electronic spreadsheets; and factors affecting dry matter intake and performance of lactating dairy cows during the periparturient period.

Katie Knobbe

Family Nutrition and Health Program Specialist

Earl McAlexander

Youth Program Specialist
(712) 792-2364

Youth Science and Technology Curriculums, Animal Science Activities/Materials, Life Skills Development, Youth Record Keeing and Recognition Models, Experiential Learning Process

Dan Morrical

Sheep Extension Specialist

Sheep and meat goats, grazing systems, sheep production and management

Shawn Shouse

Agricultural Engineering Program Specialist

Ventilation, manure management, DNR regulations, manure storage designs and handling systems, building layout and siting, feedlot runoff design, energy conservation and heating, grain drying systems and well water quality

Matt Swantek

Swine Field Specialist
Cell phone: 712-371-2856


Derek L. Thompson


Account Manager

Alan Vandehaar

Community Development Specialist

Community Planning

Michael White

Viticulture Specialist
515 961-6237

Agronomic Resource Management with emphasis in:  soils, soil fertility; waste nutrient use; crop production practices; forage selection and use; soil conservation; integrated crop management; pesticide safety and compliance training.

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