County Program Director

Jade Hargrafen

County Program Director

Kenzie Griffin

County Youth Coordinator
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Kathy Boeding

Office Assistant/Bookkeeper

Sara Baumgartner

K-12 Youth Education Coordinator

Paul Mariman

Regional Extension Education Director

Katie Peterson

4-H Youth Program Specialist
Kelsey Salow

Kelsey Salow

Human Sciences Specialist, Nutrition and Wellness

Provides integrated content including family nutrition, health and wellness, food preservation and food safety. Families, schools, athletes, food services and worksites benefit from nutrition education.

Phyllis Zalenski

Family Finance Specialist

Financial Management for individuals and families including spending plans, budgeting for your needs, consumer decision-making, dealing with credit and debt, and planning for your future - savings, insurance, and retirement.

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Danielle Day

Human Sciences Specialist, Family Life

facilitates learning experiences with professionals and community groups to promote healthy relationships, well-being, quality child care, parenting, and caregiving.

Larry Tranel

Dairy/Beef and Forage Field Specialist

Dairy/beef and forage production with additional specialties in management intensive grazing and dairy financial management

Brian Lang

Extension Field Agronomist - Forage Specialist

Develop and conduct educational programs in row crop, forage, and pasture management with emphasis on integrated crop management and controlled intensive grazing. Specific areas of expertise include: corn, soybean, small grain, hay, silage, and grazing management; soil testing and nutrient recommendations; manure management; pesticide management; conventional, ridge-till, and no-till production; with emphasis on net profit, sustainability, and environmental concerns. Advise and assist with multi-agency water quality projects in Northeast Iowa. Arrange multi-disciplined programs with local and state extension agricultural specialists, agricultural providers, and conservation agencies. Provide timely media releases on critical crop management related issues.

Melissa O' Rourke

Farm Management Specialist

Patrick O'Malley

Commercial Horticulture Specialist


Virgil Schmitt

Extension Field Agronomist
563-263-5701 or 563-260-3721 (cell)

Production of corn, soybeans, small grains, and forages and the management of diseases, insects, and weeds that affect these crops

Denise Schwab

Beef Specialist

Production information related to nutrition, facilities, health, records analysis, and pasture and forage management for beef and sheep producers. Individual consultation on improving productivity in livestock operations.

Mark Storlie

Swine Field Specialist

Swine production management—production pig flow, breeding and farrowing schedules, principles and application of PQA; initiating and using production and financial records for management—marketing, cost control; analysis of nutritional feeding programs; alternative housing options—hoop buildings; mortality composting; contracting considerations—production and marketing; development and communication with employees—production handbooks; development of computer templates for management control or awareness; support of value-added production and marketing systems —organic, sustainable production, direct marketing

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Brian Dougherty

Agricultural Engineering Specialist

dairy facilities, manure handling, water quality, biochar production and use, regenerative agriculture, soil health

Scott Timm

Community Development Specialist
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