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Strategic Plan

The core values of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Agriculture and Natural Resources reflect our commitment to developing and disseminating quality, relevant, research-based educational programs for the people of Iowa and beyond.

Adam Thoms

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. Read more about Adam Thoms

Leo Timms

When Leo Timms accepted a job at Iowa State in 1984, he voiced a confession to his wife. He was scared.

“I didn’t think I could find a better job. I thought right from the beginning that this was a place I could see myself retiring from,” said Timms, a Morrill professor of animal science and extension dairy specialist. “That’s a pretty big thought to have when you are just starting your career.” Read more about Leo Timms

About Us

agriculture in iowaAgriculture is important to Iowa. We grow crops and raise livestock to feed our nation and beyond. Much of Iowa’s economy thrives on our rich agricultural heritage and ANR Extension and Outreach plays an important role in providing research-based information and resources to educate Iowa’s farmers, producers and agribusinesses. Our programs impact all Iowans, whether they live in a rural or urban area, and have been developed to improve our quality of life.

Caitlin Szymanski

Being a part of a community that values learning, listening to others and supporting communities throughout the state is what drew Caitlin Szymanski to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Szymanski joined the organization in May 2016 and is working to find solutions to the food system needs of communities across Iowa.

Read more about Caitlin Szymanski