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.
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
A simple idea to get updated information into the hands of farmers and ag lenders spurred the creation of Ag Decision Maker. Since its inception in 1979, Ag Decision Maker has become one of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s most valuable tools. Video length: 4:47
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is helping Iowa farmers manage weeds, insects and diseases in their fields. Pest management is key to high yields and quality grain. ISU Extension and Outreach specialists are working to provide the tools and resources farmers need to manage those pests. And the ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic can help farmers and homeowners alike identify diseases and insects that are impacting production. Video length: 4:10
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is helping farmers and livestock producers manage their manure supplies. Environmental stewardship, safe handling, and providing crops with the nutrients they need are priorities for Iowa farmers. Video length: 3:16