Anna Johnson always knew she wanted to work with livestock. Growing up in in the countryside of Suffolk, England, Johnson helped neighbors lamb. She was hooked from an early age on working with animals. After getting a degree in animal science and master’s degree in the UK, Johnson came to the United States and eventually landed at Iowa State University.
Emily Heaton sees herself as a bit of a throwback. The biomass crop specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach works with perennial grasses, developing energy crop portfolios and management strategies that look at the best way to use these new crops going forward.
Charles Schwab came to Iowa State University 27 years ago because of the university’s reputation as one of the pioneers of agricultural and biosystems engineering. In his time in Ames, it has been Schwab’s goal to make farmers and their families safe while at work and play.
Mike White has been at the forefront of Iowa’s resurgence as a grape and wine producing state. After beginning his career with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in 1994 as a crop specialist, White became increasingly involved with the grape industry. He made the full-time move to grapes in 2007, becoming ISU Extension and Outreach’s first viticulture specialist.
One of the priorities atop Yuko Sato’s list when looking for a job after graduation was that the university have a strong extension program. That university turned out to be Iowa State, to the benefit of poultry famers across the state.
Wendong Zhang came to Ames, Iowa ready to carry on two of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s longest traditions. The Iowa Land Value Survey has been conducted since 1941 and the companion Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference is the longest running conference at Iowa State, both are now under the extension economist’s care.
Angela Shaw grew up in Seattle and Chicago and moved to Iowa to pursue both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. After completing her Ph.D. in food science from Texas Tech University, Shaw got the call to return to Ames.
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.
For Meaghan Anderson, Iowa State University is a family school. Her father and four siblings attended Iowa State, and Anderson followed in their footsteps. After completing both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Iowa State, Anderson returned to the school in 2015 as a field agronomist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
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.