Chris Clark has developed a simple philosophy for working with beef producers during his six years as a beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
“One producer at a time, one problem at a time, one question at a time,” Clark said. “I really enjoy working with producers. It is rewarding to help solve problems, provide answers to questions and provide quality information.
What do you do for ISU Extension and Outreach?
As a beef specialist, I develop and deliver educational programming about beef production topics. I also serve as a resource for area beef producers, county staff and others that may have specific questions about beef production topics.
What drew you to Iowa State?
Several family members, including my father, graduated from Iowa State. I graduated from the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. I was looking for an opportunity to do some type of teaching or consulting with a focus on beef production and this position seemed like a good fit.
Do you have any big upcoming projects or events?
I am helping plan the ISU Veterinary Update for later this spring at the McNay Research Farm near Chariton. I will also help plan a bus tour to several Kansas beef operations this summer, and we have several grazing schools, pasture walks and field days in the works for this summer. Additionally, I have been offering Beef Quality Assurance trainings and assisting with Food Safety and Quality Assurance training for our 4H youth.
What is one thing you would like to accomplish?
I just want to help people be successful in their operations so they can achieve their goals and live the life that they want. In my mind, that means addressing their problems, challenges and concerns as they arise rather than having predetermined goals in mind.
Name one fun thing about yourself that not many people know.
I love basketball. I play whenever I can and I have done some coaching and taught shooting lessons. I am a pretty good 3-point shooter.
What do you do in your free time?
I love spending time with my son. I also enjoy sports and exercise like running, swimming, basketball and volleyball.
How do you create a #StrongIowa?
Offering education and information that allows Iowans to make good decisions for themselves and their families.