Staff

Kraig Tweed


Regional Director
ktweed@iastate.edu
563-382-2949

Kraig has over 25 years of leadership experience and served on the Extension Council in Greene County for 10 years.  Kraig attended Wayland Baptist University, Plainview Texas, where he finished his graduate degree while serving in the U.S. Air Force.

Susan Barnes

Sue Barnes


Office Point of Contact - Office Manager
skbarnes@iastate.edu
563-547-3001

Office Manager making sure the office runs efficiently and clients  receive information from their requests and needs. Work with field staff to provide programming that is of interest and needed in our county.   Collaborate with county agencies and groups.  
Member of the Howard County Economic Development Board in Howard County.  Member of Evans Memorial Home board.  Trained Master Gardener with interest in horticulture.  

Position Vacant


County Youth Coordinator
563-547-3001

Terry Basol


Extension Field Agronomist
tlbasol@iastate.edu
641.435.4864

Crop production

Jennifer Bentley


Extension Dairy Field Specialist
jbentley@iastate.edu
563-382-2949

Youngstock Management, Dairy Herd Management, Facilities
Jennifer Bentley's Dairy Extension Resource Page

Kendra Crooks


4-H Youth Development Field Specialist
kcrooks@iastate.edu
641-394-2174

Serving Region 4 counties in youth development.

Brian Dougherty

Brian Dougherty


Agricultural Engineering Specialist
brian1@iastate.edu
563-239-70780

Science-based information to conserve land, air and water resources; promote efficient livestock and poultry systems; illustrate the latest techniques in precision ag; keep Iowans safe; teach responsible manure management and improve water quality in the state.
Brian holds a Master's degree in Agricultural and biosystems engineering from Iowa State University.

Russ Euken


Beef Program Specialist
reuken@iastate.edu
641-231-1711

Production information related to nutrition, facilities, health, records, and budgeting for swine beef, sheep and dairy producers. Computer applications for livestock production. Individual consultation on improving productivity in livestock operations. Environmentally sound livestock production methods

Brian Lang


Extension Field Agronomist
bjlang@iastate.edu
563-382-2949

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

Jeannette Mukayisire


Human Sciences Specialist - Family Finance
jeannet@iastate.edu
319-882-4292

Patrick O'Malley


Horticulture Program Specialist
omall@iastate.edu
319-337-2145

Primary areas of expertise: commercial fruits and vegetables. Secondary areas of expertise: ornamental horticulture including greenhouse and nursery crops, and turfgrass

Melissa R O'Rourke


Farm and Agribusiness Management Specialist
morourke@iastate.edu
563-382-2949

Farm Transition & Estate Planning; Human Resource Management; Farmland Leasing & Land Values; Farm Business Planning

Mark Storlie


Swine Program Specialist
mstorlie@iastate.edu
563-425-3331

Swine production management – production pig flow, breeding and farrowing schedules, principles and application of PQA; initiating and utilizing production and financial records for management – marketing, cost control; analysis of nutritional feeding programs; alternative housing options – hoop buildings; mortality composting; contracting considerations – production & marketing; development & 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.

Cindy Thompson


Human Sciences Specialist, Family Life
cpthom08@iastate.edu
319-334-8013

Human Sciences Specialist, Family Life
Quality child care, parenting education, child development, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), early childhood nature/science, managing stress, strength-based and relationship-based approaches, aging topics.

Jill Weber


Human Sciences Specialist, Nutrition and Wellness
jrweber@iastate.edu
319-234-6811 Ext. 112

Nutrition and foods-related education; food safety and sanitation; healthy lifestyles; human development; instructional strategies.

Karen K. Lathrop


Organizational Advancement Specialist
klathrop@iastate.edu
(319) 325-5465

Marketing, Branding,Organization Development

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