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.
With over 100 licensed wineries and 270 commercial vineyards, Iowa’s wine industry has a 420 million dollar impact on the state’s economy. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach strives to help producers be successful. Video length 4:46