AMES, Iowa ― Tim Christensen has joined Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as a farm management specialist.
Christensen, who has worked at Iowa State as an agricultural specialist since 2015, will cover the counties of Ida, Sac, Calhoun, Monona, Crawford, Carroll, Greene, Harrison, Shelby, Audubon and Guthrie for ISU Extension and Outreach.
“I am very excited to be working with a talented team of farm management specialists,” Christensen said. “I am looking forward to getting out and meeting and working with people in the ag industry in west central Iowa.”
Christensen joins a team of eight farm management specialists located throughout Iowa who deliver the latest in research-based information on farm financial and risk management, instructions on government programs such as the farm bill and crop insurance, guidance on strategic and business planning and information on agricultural marketing tools and supply chains to farm owners and operators.
“Tim is perfectly suited for this job because he has a background that has touched on all the major agricultural markets within Iowa,” said Chad Hart, associate professor and extension economist at Iowa State. “He has worked within the co-op system, helping corn and soybean producers market their crops. He also has extensive experience in the livestock community, which is a major part of the ag industry in west central Iowa where he will be based. He has a great background of knowledge and skills to bring to the table and can help address a wide variety of producer needs.”
Prior to joining ISU Extension and Outreach Christensen was as an agriculture specialist for Iowa State University, working to monitor the health and wellbeing of Iowa State’s animals, maintaining detailed herd health records and training students and staff on animal welfare protocols.
Christensen also has experience as a location manager for Farmers Cooperative and as a group leader of vet services at Boehringer Ingelheim in Fort Dodge.
He holds a degree in animal science with a minor in commercial agriculture from Northwest Missouri State University.