AMES, Iowa – Patrick Hatting has joined Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as a farm management specialist, working with farmers in southwest Iowa.
An experienced financial adviser, manager and insurance agent, Hatting will be housed at the Iowa State University Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis and will work with producers in Pottawattamie, Cass, Adair, Mills, Montgomery, Adams, Union, Clarke, Fremont, Page, Taylor, Ringgold and Decatur counties.
“I am excited to be a part of the farm management team with ISU Extension and Outreach,” Hatting said. “I am looking forward to helping the hardworking farmers in the state of Iowa in my new career.”
The ISU Extension and Outreach farm management team provides Iowa farm owners and operators the latest in research-based information. The team educates Iowans on farm financial and risk management, instructs on government programs such as the farm bill and crop insurance, provides guidance on strategic and business planning, examines environmental management policies and informs on agricultural marketing tools and supply chains.
“Patrick is a great addition to the ISU Extension and Outreach farm management team,” said Chad Hart, associate professor and extension economist at Iowa State. “He has a wealth of experience in financial management, especially in risk management, insurance and thinking about how to transition effectively toward retirement. We talk a lot about helping farmers transition their farm from one generation to the next, and Patrick will be a great asset to farmers making that change.”
Hatting joins ISU Extension and Outreach after working for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company as a financial adviser, advising prospective and existing clients on insurance and financial solutions. He also has served as an adjunct instructor at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, teaching courses for insurance agent and certified financial planner continuing education credit.
Hatting also spent over 30 years as a member of the U.S. Air Force, Michigan and Iowa Air National Guard, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
He has a degree in economics from the University of Iowa and finance from McMurry University. Hatting earned an MBA in management from Trident University.