AMES, Iowa ― Erika Lundy has been hired as a beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
A graduate of Iowa State University, Lundy has spent the last four years as a program specialist with the Iowa Beef Center, working with producers, industry leaders and other stakeholders across the state to develop new extension educational programming. She has also headed research projects on grazing cover crops, implant strategies in feedlots and fescue tolerance effects on cow reproduction.
Lundy will be housed in the ISU Extension and Outreach Adair County office and will work with producers in the southwest part of the state.
“I’m very excited to be back in southwest Iowa and have the opportunity to work with producers on a daily basis,” Lundy said. “In this role, interaction with producers is a two-way street and provides me with an opportunity to learn just as much from other producers as they hopefully can learn from me.”
Lundy joins a group of five other extension beef specialists located across Iowa who work to provide research-based information on cattle, production, marketing and management. Field specialists work in conjunction with faculty and staff at the Iowa Beef Center to develop and deliver the latest information to improve the profitability and vitality of Iowa’s beef industry.
“Erika has a strong background and training in both cow-calf and feedlot production as well as both extension and research experience,” said Dan Loy, director of the Iowa Beef Center and extension beef specialist at Iowa State. “Her background, along with the fact that she was born and raised in the area, makes her the perfect fit for the position.”
In addition to her work experience as a program specialist, Lundy has worked as a graduate assistant with the Iowa Beef Center and at Iowa State’s Ruminant Nutrition Laboratory. She is the author or co-author of several ISU Extension and Outreach publications, including “Pasture Management Guide for Livestock Producers” (AS 0014), “Growth Promotant Implants for Cattle” (IBC 0113) and “Feed Bunk Management” (IBCR 0201A). She also contributed to a six-part series titled “Ethanol Coproducts for Beef Cattle.”
Lundy holds a degree in animal science with a minor in agricultural business and a Master’s degree in animal science from Iowa State.