Adam Thoms’ experience with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dates back to his youth. Thoms was in 4-H and FFA growing up, interacting with ISU Extension and Outreach specialists in Bremer County. Those interactions led to a healthy respect for what extension programming can offer.
Today Thoms is ISU Extension and Outreach’s state turfgrass specialist, a position he has held since July 2016.
What is the best part of working for ISU Extension and Outreach?
I love working with the people. I like meeting them and helping to solve problems with them.
What drew you to Iowa State?
Growing up in Iowa I’ve always had respect for Iowa State and its extension programming. I always thought they were unbiased experts and I appreciated their straight talk and ability to provide practical solutions to problems.
What have you been up to recently?
- The annual Turfgrass Field Day will be held on September 11 in Ames.
- I am presenting at the National Golf Industry Show in San Antonio during the first week of February.
- I coach and advise a group of ISU students who won first place in the Sports Turf Mangers Association Turf Bowl.
With your time here, what is one thing you would like to accomplish in this position?
I’d like to help make athletic fields safer in Iowa by teaching best maintenance practices. I also want to increase the number of people who know about extension and the resources we offer.
Name one fun thing about yourself that not many people know.
I work a lot with golf courses but I’m a terrible golfer.
What do you do in your free time?
I spend free time with my family, especially with my 18-month old son George.
How do you create a #StrongIowa?
By improving the safety and usability of golf courses, athletic fields and public spaces in Iowa.