Lori K. Mannel

County Extension Director

Agriculture and Natural Resources, Community Economic Development

Kayla Willms

County Youth and 4-H Coordinator

Youth and 4-H

Cindy Adamson

Office Assistant

Ann Parker

Human Sciences Specialist, Nutrition and Wellness

Terry Torneten

Regional Extension Education Director
(712) 792-2364

Earl McAlexander

Youth Program Specialist
(712) 792-2364

Youth Science and Technology Curriculums, Animal Science Activities/Materials, Life Skills Development, Youth Record Keeing and Recognition Models, Experiential Learning Process

Tim Christensen

Extension Farm Management Specialist

Pasture economics, crops and livestock insurance, livestock economics, crop/livestock econ related to manure, run-off, etc., livestock marketing, farmland and building leasing, CSR2 (corn suitability rating)

Mackenzie DeJong

Human Sciences Specialist, Family Life

Provides leadership, delivery and support for porgrams such as Strengthenign Families, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, and training programs for child care providers and new child care center directors. 

Carol Ehlers

Human Sciences Specialist, Family Finance
(712) 732-5056

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.

Russ Euken

Extension Swine Specialist

Animal behavior, animal welfare assessment and auditing, housing and ventilation, group housing, standard operating procedure creation, employee training and documnetation, pork quality assurance - PQA producer education, pork quality assurance - PQA site assessments, TQA (trucker quality assurance), ISO14001 Environmental Management Systems, OSHA18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

Abbie Gaffey

Community Development Specialist

Primary Extension and Outreach programming areas:

  • Community engagement
  • Housing needs assessments
  • Tourism customer service/hospitality training
  • Community leadership training
  • Strategic planning and facilitation services

Call me if you need…

To address a complicated community problem that requires engaging with multiple stakeholders, creating an organization, establishing or updating a strategic plan, or taking advantage of a unique economic development opportunity.

Joe Hannan

Commercial Horticulture Field Specialist

Organic crop production, vegetable crop production, fruit tree management, small fruit crop management, local foods

Alan D. Jensen

Community Developement and State Geospatial Technology Program Coordinator
(515) 290-2075,

Geographic information systems, conservation, small town and rural planning

Erika Lundy

Extension Beef Specialist


Shawn Shouse

Agricultural Engineering Program Specialist
OFFICE 712-769-2650 / CELL 712-250-0135

Ventilation, manure management, DNR regulations, manure storage designs and handling systems, building layout and siting, feedlot runoff design, energy conservation and heating, grain drying systems and well water quality

Derek L. Thompson


Account Manager

Alan Vandehaar

Community Development Specialist

Community Planning

Michael White

Viticulture Specialist
515 961-6237

Agronomic Resource Management with emphasis in:  soils, soil fertility; waste nutrient use; crop production practices; forage selection and use; soil conservation; integrated crop management; pesticide safety and compliance training.

Michael Witt

Field Agronomist

Educational programs for agronomic resource management with emphasis in: conservation and land use; manure nutrient management; soil and water quality; soil fertility; soil survey use; and crop production.

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