Rich Wrage

Rich Wrage

Regional Extension Education Director
(641) 752-1551
Alex Merk

Alexandria Merk

County Director

Lauren Britton

Youth Outreach Coordinator
Natalie Hedlund, County 4-H Youth Coordinator

Natalie Hedlund

County 4-H Youth Coordinator
(515) 432-3882
Dawn Schmidt, Office Assistant and Bookkeeper

Dawn Schmidt

Office Assistant / Bookkeeper
(515) 432-3882
Annette Brown

Annette Brown

4-H Youth Development Specialist
(515) 432-3882

4-H Youth Development focuses on empowering youth to reach their full potential through youth-adult partnerships and research-based experiences in STEM, Healthy Living, Citizenship and Leadership, and Communication and Arts.  Education is provided through 4-H clubs, camps, workshops, afterschool programs, schools, and volunteer development.

Meaghan Anderson

Meaghan Anderson

Field Agronomist

Weed management, weed biology, cover crops, corn and soybean management, and integrated pest management.

Kapil Arora

Agricultural Engineering Program Specialist
(515) 462-1001
Christopher Clark

Christopher Clark

Livestock Specialist
Russ Euken, Beef & Swine Specialist

Russ Euken

Beef and Swine Specialist

beef cow nutrition, heifer development, cow reproduction and calving, estrus synchronization, bull reproduction breeding soundness, pasture and forage management, grazing management, cost analysis and herd records, weaning management and preconditioning, genetics and selection, feedlot nutrition, data management and monitoring, marketing, margin and risk management, facilities and housing, implants and feed additives, carcass grades and value based marketing, alternative beef systems, identification systems and traceability, animal welfare assessment or auditing, air quality, animal behavior, housing and ventilation, manure management and utilization, production management software, record systems, pork quality assurance - PQA+ producer education, pork quality assurance - PQA+ site assessments, TQA (trucker quality assurance), MAC program (manure applicator certification), county fair derby programs, state fair derby programs

Joe Hannan

Horticulture Specialist

Commercial fruit and vegetable production including small fruits, tree fruits, and vegetables; soil fertility; irrigation; and high tunnel production.

Steven Johnson

Farm & Agriculture Business Management Program Specialist
(515) 957-5790

Kelvin Leibold

Farm Management Program Specialist
(641) 648-4850
Jolene McCoy

Jolene McCoy

External Relations

Malisa Rader

Human Sciences Specialist, Family Life
Diane Van Wyngarden

Diane Van Wyngarden

Tourism Specialist
Holly VanHeel

Holly VanHeel

Human Sciences Specialist, Nutrition & Wellness
Michael White

Michael White


Barbara Wollan

Human Sciences Specialist, Family Finance
(515) 832-9597
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