ISU Extension staff and Iowa’s representatives to the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (CARET) met with all members of the Iowa congressional delegation during a March visit to Washington, D.C. From left are Wendy Wintersteen, dean of the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Donald Latham, Latham Seed Company; Terri Carstensen, cattle and crop producer; Sen. Tom Harkin; Sally Stutsman, Johnson County supervisor; and Jack Payne, vice president for ISU Extension and Outreach.
CARET is a national grassroots organization created in 1982 by the Division of Agriculture in the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC). CARET includes representatives from the 50 states, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. CARET offers testimony in support of land-grant agricultural programs of research, extension and teaching to Congressional committees and Executive Branch agencies. It also works with national agricultural organizations to tell agriculture’s “story.” For more information, contact Mark Settle, director of ISU Extension Communications and External Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org.