Class Notes

July 2022

2020s

Jill Parrent (’20 agricultural and life sciences education) accepted a new position as director of communications for the Nebraska Corn Board.

2010s

Jamie Pudenz (’17 agricultural studies, ’19 agricultural and life sciences education), agriculture and FFA advisor at Aplington-Parkersburg High School, received the Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators North Central District Outstanding Young Member Award.

Carlton Ness (’12 agricultural and life sciences education, ’20 MS), agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at South Hamilton High School, was elected President Elect of the Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators.

Cody Sacquitne (’15 dairy science, ’19 DVM) started a new position as postdoctoral resident (dairy) at Iowa State University Veterinary Field Services.

Joel Pudenz (’13 agricultural business, economics) started a new position as fuel optimization manager at Casey’s.

Ruben Isai Madriz (’17 PhD entomology), entomologist and zoologist based in southern Chile, is featured on a trailer advertising the CNN Original Series, “Patagonia: Life on the Edge of the World.” He is the only person shown speaking during the trailer.

Nathan Anderson (’10 agronomy), farmer near Aurelia, Iowa, was featured in a New York Times article.

Dustin Gaede (’17 agricultural business) accepted a new position with Lincoln Savings Bank as assistant vice president ag/commercial lender.

Keaton Keitzer (’18 agricultural studies), agronomist and farmer in Mediapolis, Iowa, has been elected to the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer Advisory Committee.

Megan Kregel (’11 dairy science), dairy farmer in Guttenberg, Iowa, has been elected to the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer Advisory Committee.

Jamie Studer (’18 animal science, ’21 MS), current Ph.D. student at Iowa State University, was featured in Farm Journal’s PORK’s Up & Coming Leaders series.

Rachel Whitehair (’15 biology, ’19 MS agricultural and life sciences education) joined the Nebraska Corn Board as the director of innovation and stewardship.

2000s

Aaron Nelson (’04 agronomy, animal science), farmer in Buena Vista County, Iowa, was featured in a story on the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service of Iowa website.

Katie Hess (’08 agricultural business) has transitioned into a new role with Liqui-Grow as director of sales and marketing.

Chris Gaesser (’08 agronomy), farmer with Gaesser Farms near Corning, Iowa, was featured in a New York Times article.

Dawn Koltes (’08 animal breeding and genetics, ’13 PhD genetics), assistant professor in animal science at Iowa State University, was awarded the Poultry Science Association Early Achievement Award for Teaching.

Mark Licht (’00 agronomy, agricultural extension education, ’03 MS soil science, ’15 PhD crop production and physiology), associate professor in agronomy at Iowa State University, was presented with the Arden R. Campbell award for his service to the M.S. in Agronomy Distance Education Program.

Tricia Wood (’07 animal science, ’09 MS animal physiology, ’17 PhD animal physiology) has accepted a position with Lallemand Animal Nutrition as a member of its technical support and sales team.

Courtney Burkhalter (’09 agriculture and life sciences education, ’16 MS) was hired as program coordinator for Jefferson County ISU Extension and Outreach.

1980s

Steven Lonergan (’88 animal science, ’91 MS), Morrill Professor in animal science at Iowa State University, was recognized as an American Society of Animal Science Fellow in the teaching category.

Greg Nickerson (’81 agricultural journalism), Bader Rutter chairman and former CEO, was inducted into the Agricultural Public Relations Hall of Fame.

1970s

John Schneider (’78 farm operation), real estate evaluator and farmer near Le Mars, Iowa, became the 2022-2023 Governor of Rotary District 5610.

Brad Taylor (’78 agriculture and life sciences education, ’00 professional agriculture), a retired agriculture teacher, received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Iowa Association of Agriculture Educators.

Richard Kaitany (’83 plant pathology, ’89 MS), former Iowa State distance standout, and his wife Andrea, have opened an all-girls secondary school in Rift Valley on the edge of Iten, Kenya.

Travis Knight (’89 agricultural biochemistry, ’92 MS animal science, ’99 PhD biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology), has been hired as the consumer protection and regulatory division director at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.


June 2022

2020s

Sydney Heims (’22 agricultural business) accepted a position as a grain operation specialist at Cargill.

Catie Johnson (’22 agricultural and life sciences education) has taken on a new role as the office and program assistant for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Des Moines County.

Erin Smeltzly (’21 agronomy), farm success manager at Golden Harvest, was featured by the Iowa State University Department of Agronomy.

Tanner Volkman (’22 animal science) has been selected to serve as the manager of the Stanley L. Balloun Turkey Teaching and Research Facility at Iowa State University.

Jenna Siegel (’22 agricultural business) has started a position with the Illinois Soybean Association as market development coordinator.

Riley Conrad (’22 animal ecology) was officially sworn-in as a full-time Tama County park officer.

Rachel Zumbach (’21 international agriculture, agricultural and life sciences education) started a new position as public relations manager at Iowa Corn.

Jake Sterle (’22 animal science, ’22 MBA) accepted a position with BarnTools as a customer support specialist.

2010s

Morgan Rhea (’16 agricultural business) accepted a position with the Cargill Branded Feed Team in Blair, Nebraska, as a material requirements planner.

Kylie Peterson (’17 agricultural and life sciences education), director of marketing and communications for the Iowa Beef Industry Council, was named one of the 2021 40 Women to Watch in Iowa’s Hospitality Industry by the Iowa Restaurant Association.

Jenna Gehring (’16 public service and administration in agriculture, agricultural and life sciences education) accepted a position as senior market associate at FORVIS.

Randall Vos (’14 PhD horticulture) was named as the newest fruit crop specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Kelli Ruther (’10 animal science, ’17 DVM) has joined the Riverside Animal Hospital team to work with both small and large animals.

Kourtney Determan (’13 agriculture and life sciences education) has taken on a position with John Deere as a creative copywriter.

Annie Keene (’13 agriculture and life sciences education) started a new position as a client services representative at Hepworth and Associates – Wealth Management Advisors.

Clark Dolch (’11 agricultural business), farmer and ag loan officer for Farmers Merchant State Bank, was named one of Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2022 Young Farmer Leadership Award recipients.

Rebekah Sletten (’19 international agriculture, agricultural business) started a new position as a public affairs manager at Cultivation Corridor.

Heidi Darrington (’17 agricultural and life sciences education) has moved into a new role as a project manager at Look East PR.

Blaine Groth (’15 agricultural business) started a new position as strategic account manager at Proagrica.

Chloe Carson (’18 agricultural and life sciences education, agriculture and society) has joined Smithfield Foods as manager of digital communications.

Andy White (’12 agronomy) was promoted to senior agronomist at Corteva Agriscience.

Adam Fitcher (’15 international agriculture, economics, agricultural business) started a new position as controller at LongView Farms.

Sophie Hansen (’17 agricultural business), public relations specialist for AMVC Management Services, was featured on the “Who’s Your Iowa Farmer?” Facebook page.

Aysha Majeed (’16 microbiology and genetics) has become a Weintraub Tobin Firm associate in the Healthcare and Corporate practices groups.

Jay Solomonson (’17 PhD agriculture and life sciences education), assistant professor at Illinois State University, has been named a national finalist for the ACTE Teacher Educator of the Year Award for 2023.

Jessie Juarez (’10 animal science, dairy science, ’12 MS animal science, ’14 DVM, ’20 MS agriculture and life sciences education) has been named the new director of South Dakota State University’s Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine.

2000s

Julie Gonzalez (’04 MS genetics) and her husband, Irangel Gonzalez, opened Frutta Bowls in Ankeny, Iowa, next to their Mediterranean café, Garbanzo.

Jeff Bradshaw (’07 PhD entomology, plant pathology) earned a promotion to full professor at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Nebraska.

Joe McClure (’02 MS crop production and physiology, agronomy) has been appointed as co-director of the Iowa Soybean Association’s research team.

Jason Ross (’00 animal science) has been named the new chair of the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.

1990s

Jason Klootwyk (’98 agricultural business) has been selected as the new chief executive officer of Agtegra Cooperative.

Rolston St. Hilaire (’98 PhD horticulture) has been named the new dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State.

Xiang-Jin Meng (’95 PhD microbiology, immunology and preventative medicine) has been elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Heather Loenser (’99 animal science, ’03 veterinary medicine) has been appointed vice president of professional development, culture and well-being for Harbor Vet by Suveto.

Eric Boeck (’93 animal science, dairy science) took on a new role as regional director of North America Seeds for Syngenta.

1980s

Kenneth Stalder (’87 animal science, ’95 PhD), professor of animal science at Iowa State University, received the 2022 Dean Lee R. Kolmer Excellence in Applied Research award from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Peter Ferket (’87 PhD animal science) has been named the interim head of the Prestage Department of Poultry Science at North Carolina State University.

1960s

Roger Christensen (’62 farm operations) has self-published two books, “100 Years of Pig Raising in Boone County” and “60 Year History of the Boone County Pork Producers.”


May 2022

2020s

Isabella Shehab (’20 global resource systems), landscape architecture graduate student at the University of Michigan, received the Kenneth R. Brooks MLA Research Scholarship from the Landscape Architecture Foundation.

Mikayla McKenna (’21 agricultural and life sciences education and international agriculture) has accepted a position as communications manager at Renewable Fuels Association.

Ross Cady (’21 international agriculture, agricultural business) has accepted a position as Pioneer territory manager with Corteva.

Larissa Becker (’20 animal science), graduate student at Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, received the Larry Corah Graduate Student Award.

Vishesh Bhatia (’20 genetics), PhD student at Iowa State University, will work this summer on a collaborative project looking at uterine prolapse and genetics with Department of Animal Science faculty Jack Dekkers and Jason Ross in collaboration with Topigs Norsvin.

Grace German (’21 animal science) accepted a position with Informa Markets on their agriculture portfolio. She will be working with the Farm Progress Team as their social media specialist.

2010s

Mitchell Hora (’17 agricultural systems technology, agronomy) was featured in a story on Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering website.

Katie Romesberg (’16 agricultural business) accepted a position as origination team leader at Cargill.

Garrett Gourley (’16 agricultural studies) joined BarnTools as business development manager for swine.

Matie George (’12 animal science, ’14 MS) has joined the Iowa Pork Industry Center as an education Extension specialist.

Joseph Hora (’13 agricultural studies) has accepted a position as distribution development manager – Channel Brand at Bayer.

Scott Thellman (’14 agricultural business), president of Juniper Hill Farms, was featured on the Lawrence Business Magazine Radio Show.

Jacob Hunter (’11 agricultural and life sciences education), agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at North Scott Community School District, graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a master’s degree in school leadership.

Chance McDonald (’15 agronomy) started a new position as a commercial agronomist at Pivot Bio for north central and northeast Iowa.

Lindsay Fischer (’16 MS agricultural and life sciences education) started a new role as senior advisor, human resources at First National Bank of Omaha.

2000s

Jeremy Burkett (’06 MS animal science, ’09 PhD animal science), agriculture instructor and head livestock judging coach at Casper College, was featured by the Tri-State Livestock News.

Francine Ide (’08 MS professional agriculture) has accepted a co-administrator position at Mayflower Heritage Christian School in Creston, Iowa.

Sarah Carlson (’08 crop production and physiology and sustainable agriculture) began a new position as senior programs and member engagement director at Practical Farmers of Iowa.

Brittany Elmquist (’03 agricultural and life sciences education, ’08 MS), ag education teacher and FFA sponsor at Audubon Community High School, was featured by the Iowa Farmer Today.

1990s

Jon Davis (’90 agricultural and life sciences education, ’00 MS agricultural education and studies), assistant teaching professor in Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural Education and Studies, was featured by the Iowa Farmer Today.

Mike Stahr (’97 crop production and physiology), seed lab manager at the Iowa State University Seed Science Center, was awarded the Meritorious Service Award from the Society of Commercial Seed Technologists.

Noel Williams (’95 PhD animal science), chief operating officer for Iowa Select Farms, received a 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award from Purdue University.

1960s

Gene Rouse (’69 MS animal science, ’71 PhD), retired Iowa State University professor, received the 2022 Golden Alumni Award for Achievement in Academia from the University of Minnesota Department of Animal Science.


April 2022

2020s

Maddy McGarry (’20 agricultural and life sciences education, international agriculture) accepted a position as senior content manager for BarnTools. 

Matt Stenzel (‘21 agricultural business) has joined Gold Star Feed & Grain as a merchandiser. 

Hannah Burken (‘20 animal science) has started a position as a farm advisor at AHV International. 

Erin Chalupa (‘21 animal science) accepted a position as a marketing communication specialist for Kemin Animal Nutrition & Health. 

Tayler Reynolds (‘21 agricultural and life sciences education) has joined Innovative Ag Services as a human resources communications generalist. 

2010s

Trey Kellner (‘14 animal science, ‘17 PhD), swine nutritionist for AMVC, was recognized by the Midwest Section of the American Society of Animal Science as the Outstanding Early Career Agribusiness awardee. 

Jeb Gent (‘13 agricultural and life sciences education), co-founder of Ascension Ag, was featured on The Real P3 and named a member of the 2022 Iowa Pork Leadership Academy. 

Abrah Meyer (‘19 agricultural business) accepted a position as project manager of production and precision ag at John Deere. 

Hannah Ptacek (‘14 agricultural business) has joined Golden Grain Energy as an assistant risk manager. 

Caitlan Clark (‘19 animal science) has started a position as customer success manager at BarnTools. 

Sarah Tweeten (‘15 agricultural and life sciences education) has joined the Iowa Corn Growers Association as the District 2 field manager. 

Lexi Ammann (‘18 animal science, agricultural and life sciences education), senior supply chain associate at The Maschoffs, was featured in Farm Journal’s PORK. 

Megan Bierschenk (‘12 agricultural business) has been promoted to grain merchandiser manager at POET. 

Justin Bahr (‘16 agricultural business, international agriculture) has joined Summit Agricultural Group as a farm manager. 

Ellen Rahn (‘12 agronomy), ag operations specialist at Conagra, was featured by Illinois Farmer Today. 

Austin Pueschel (‘18 agricultural business) accepted a position as an account manager at AgCulture Media LLC. 

Haley Kerr (‘17 animal science), finishing pig flow specialist at TriOak Foods, has been named a member of the 2022 Iowa Pork Leadership Academy. 

Stacie Matchan (‘12 animal science), extension program specialist at Iowa Pork Industry Center, has been named a member of the 2022 Iowa Pork Leadership Academy.

2000s

Zack Smith (‘02 agronomy), co-founder of Stock Cropper and farmer, was featured on the Future of Agriculture. 

Katie Tapper (‘09 animal science), animal well-being specialist at Iowa Select Farms, has been named a member of the 2022 Iowa Pork Leadership Academy. 

Patrice Bailey (‘01 MS agricultural education and studies), assistant commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, was awarded a Minnesota FFA Honorary State Degree. 

Antoine Alston (‘00 PhD agricultural education and studies), professor and associate dean within the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina A&T State University, is publishing a new book, “The Legacy of the New Farmers of America”, available at Barnes & Noble and Target. 

Alan Loynachan (‘01 microbiology, ‘03 DVM, ‘05 PhD veterinary microbiology) has been named the interim director of the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. 

Hannah Lewis (‘07 MS sustainable agriculture, sociology), editor of Compendium of Scientific and Practical Findings Supporting Eco-Restoration to Address Global Warning published by Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, is releasing a new publication, Mini-Forest Revolution, available through Amazon or Chelsea Green Publishing. 

Amanda De Jong (‘02 agricultural business), head of government affairs and policy engagement at Pivot Bio, was named the Outstanding Ag Business Alumni of the Year by the Agricultural Business Club at Iowa State University. 

Micah Weber (‘01 agricultural and life sciences education, ‘09 MS), Rock Valley High School ag instructor, was named the Agriculture Educator of the Year awardee by the Iowa FFA Foundation and Nationwide Insurance.

1990s

Heather Loenser (‘99 animal science, ‘03 DVM) has been appointed vice president of professional development, culture, and well-being for Habor.vet by Suveto. 

Xiang-Jin Meng (‘95 PhD microbiology, immunology & preventative medicine), professor of molecular virology at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

Scott Heuchelin (‘92 MS plant pathology, ‘97 PhD), North America plant pathology group leader and global phytosanitary leader at Corteva Agriscience, has been named the recipient of the Excellence in Regulatory Affairs and Crop Security Award by the American Phytopathological Society. 

Kevin Kimle (‘91 MS economics), Rastetter Chair of Agricultural Entrepreneurship and director of Start Something College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was presented the inaugural Pioneering College Innovation Award by Iowa State University and the Student Innovation Center. 

1980s

Mark Erlander (‘84 MS biochemistry and biophysics), chief executive officer at Cardiff Oncology, has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Iowa State University Alumni Association. 

Sergio Lence (‘88 MS economics, ‘91 PhD), professor and Marlin Cole Chair of International Agricultural Economics, has been named a 2022 recipient of the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. 

John Lawrence (‘84 animal science, ‘86 MS economics), vice president of Extension and Outreach, received the Alumni Award of Merit from the Iowa Beta Chapter of the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture. 

1970s

Dwight Dial (‘72 agricultural and life sciences education, ‘77 MS animal science), farmer near Lake City, Iowa, was honored with the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award presented by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig. 

1960s

Robert Walton (‘61 PhD animal science), retired CEO and chairman emeritus of the American Breeder Service, has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Iowa State University Alumni Association. 


March 2022

2020s

Hannah Spies (’21 agricultural business) accepted a position as marketing coordinator for DPH Biologicals. 

Skylar Bloom (’21 agricultural studies), content editor at ICONMA, was featured by The Observer. 

Maddy McGarry (’20 agricultural and life sciences education, international agriculture) received a MS in International Agriculture from Oklahoma State University. 

Kristen VanDeVelde (‘21 agricultural and life sciences education) has joined Illinois Farm Bureau as a county farm bureau manager trainee. 

Wyatt Staab (‘21 agricultural business) accepted a position as a regional sales agronomist for Central Farm Service Coop. 

Ryan Calvert (‘21 agricultural and life sciences education ) has been promoted to regional marketing director for Asset Living. 

2010s

Jackson Kimle (’16 agricultural business), owner of Midland Company, was named the Think Big award winner by the Iowa Small Business Development Center. 

Marshall Dolch (’16 agricultural and life sciences education) has been promoted to seedcare specialist manager at Syngenta. 

Angela Shippert (’13 global resource systems) has been named director of operations at Trinity Insurance and Financial Services. 

Kara Schreck (‘15 animal science) has joined Corteva Agriscience as the U.S. CRM customer segmentation and information manager. 

Bailey Morrell (’14 agricultural studies) accepted a position as an account executive with Midan Marketing. 

Jill Marshall (‘13 genetics, ‘16 MS) has joined Kemin Industries as an internal quality assurance auditor. 

Joni Erwin (‘17 agricultural business, international agriculture) accepted a position at Clear Lake Bank & Trust Company as an ag and commercial lending officer. 

Nick Spellman (‘14 agronomy, international agriculture) has started a position as a law clerk with Buchanan, Bibler, Gabor & Meis. 

Josie Burgett (‘18 agricultural business, international agriculture) has joined John Deere as a customer support specialist. 

Donna Klosterman (’14 agricultural business), farmer, was featured by AGMag. 

Ashley Wiebe (’12 agricultural and life sciences education, ‘18 MS), Susan Clark Junior High School ag instructor, has been selected as an Iowa Golden Owl Award Finalist by Nationwide. 

Kristen Halbur (‘12 agricultural business) accepted a position with Peoples Company as a certified general appraiser. 

Dillon Flynn (‘15 agricultural business) has joined Nutrien as a nitrogen supply manager. 

Andrew Heath (‘13 agronomy, seed science) accepted a position with Pivot Bio as a commercial agronomist. 

Kate Van Manen (‘14 agricultural and life sciences education) has joined Latham Hi-Tech Seeds as a digital marketing strategist. 

Connor Bollum (‘19 agricultural business, international agriculture) started a new position as DDG merchandiser at CHS Inc. 

Dawyn Albertsen (‘13 animal science) has joined Heartland Coop as a regional manager. 

Amber Hammes (‘17 agriculture and society) accepted a position as a product manager at John Deere. 

Jamie Pudenz (‘17 agricultural studies, ‘19 MS) was named the Iowa STEM Teacher of the Year for the North Central region by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and Kemin Industries. 

2000s

Katy (Yedlik) Svihra (’00 public service and administration in agriculture) received a MA in Education from the University of Arizona and has been promoted to a training manager with J. P. Morgan Chase & Co. in Chicago, IL. 

Rachel Chikwamba (’02 PhD genetics), group executive and vice president for chemicals, agriculture, food and health at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa, has been recognized as a collaborator on the Agile 50 list. 

Jamie Christiansen (’05 agricultural and life sciences education, ‘16 MS), Midland High School ag instructor, has been selected as an Iowa Golden Owl Award Finalist by Nationwide. 

Micah Weber (’01 agricultural and life sciences education, ‘09 MS), Rock Valley High School ag instructor, has been selected as an Iowa Golden Owl Award Finalist by Nationwide. 

Michael Fritch (‘00 agronomy) accepted a position with Truterra as a conservation advisor. 

Mollie Aronowitz (’06 horticulture), land manager and director of sustainability for Peoples Company, was recognized by the Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers by being named the 2022 Early Career Award. 

1990s

Andy Yedlik (’98 agricultural studies) has joined Delta Dental as a marketplace sales representative. 

Jon Davis (’90 agricultural and life sciences education, ‘00 MS), assistant teaching professor at Iowa State University, has been selected as an Iowa Golden Owl Award Finalist by Nationwide. 

1980s

Kevin Cooper (’83 agricultural and life sciences education), Nevada High School FFA instructor, has been selected as an Iowa Golden Owl Award Finalist by Nationwide. 

Bill Northey (’81 agricultural business) has been appointed CEO of the Agribusiness Association of Iowa and received the Outstanding Service in Agriculture Award from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. 

1970s

Joe Yedlik (’70 agricultural and life sciences education, ’02 professional agriculture), retired Jones County extension education director and CCO of the Great Jones County Fair, was named 2021 Iowa Fairman of the Year by the Association of Iowa Fairs. 

John Harms (’76 animal science), general manager of the Great Jones County Fair, was elected to the Iowa State Fair board of directors. 

Patricia Walker (’77 animal science), Randolph Junior/Senior High School ag teacher, has been selected as a New York Golden Owl Award Finalist by Nationwide. 

1960s

Dale Netherton (‘63 forestry) recently published his 13th book, “Barriers to Thought”, found on Amazon and Apple Books.


February 2022

2020s

Jacob Handel (’21 environmental science, biology) has joined the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as an environmental program analyst.

Skylar Bloom (’21 agricultural studies) accepted a position as a content editor at ICONMA.

Macy Evans (’21 agricultural and life sciences education, agriculture and society) has accepted a position as the partnership coordinator for the American Royal.

2010s

Katelyn Gregory (’18 animal science), veterinary student, was featured by the Monte Journal.

Brianna Jones (’18 animal science), veterinary student, was featured by the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Danny Brummel (’17 agronomy, ’19 MS soil science), agronomy systems manager for Corteva, was featured by the Iowa State University Department of Agronomy.

Shannon Moeller (’13 agronomy, international agriculture) accepted a new position as a farm services coordinator for Sustainable Iowa Land Trust.

Alicia Humphrey (’14 agricultural and life sciences education) accepted a position as a key account manager for the National Pork Board.

Jordan Hanson (’13 agricultural business, dairy science) has joined Blue Ops as a manager.

Andrew Lauver (’12 agricultural studies), director of programs and strategic alliances for Leading Harvest, received the Agricultural Achievement Award from Iowa State Alpha Gamma Rho Eta Chapter.

Kimberly Dornbier (’18 agricultural business, international agriculture) has joined Carthage System as a feed ingredient merchandiser and risk management.

Dr. Cara Hoden (’10 animal science, ’14 DVM), associate swine veterinarian with Pipestone Veterinary Services, was named a Master Pork Partner by the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

Tim Sadler (’18 agricultural studies), finishing supervisor for Reicks View Farms, was named a Master Pork Producer by the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

Lexi Ammann (’18 animal science, agricultural and life sciences education) has been promoted to senior supply chain associate at The Maschoffs.

Brady McNeil (’12 animal science, ’15 MS animal breeding and genetics) has been promoted to multiplication business lead at DNA Swine Genetics.

Anna Baldwin (’17 agronomy) accepted a position as an account manager for CHS Inc.

2000s

Courtney Knupp (’07 agricultural business) has joined the National Pork Board as the vice president of international market development.

Amanda De Jong (’02 agricultural business) has been named head of government affairs and policy engagement for Pivot Bio.

TJ Brewer (’04 horticulture), head groundskeeper at Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals, was part of the grounds crew for the Super Bowl game.

Ryan Kruger (’02 agronomy) was recognized by the Iowa State Alpha Gamma Rho Eta Chapter as the 25th Year Testimonial honoree.

1990s

Jennifer Carrico (’96 animal science) has been named editor of Wallaces Farmer.

Ryan Pudenz (’96 animal science), general manager at Prestage Farms of Iowa, has been re-elected as the District 6 director for the Iowa Pork Producers Association and selected as the board’s vice president of resources.

1980s

Chuck Cornelius (’83 agronomy), president of Cornelius Seed Corn, received the Alumni Achievement Award from Iowa State Alpha Gamma Rho Eta Chapter.

Michael Duffy (’87 agricultural business) has been selected as the chief examiner and director of the Office of Examination for the Farm Credit Administration.

Dean Frazer (’87 agricultural studies), farmer, has been elected the District 3 director for the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

Deland Myers (’81 MS food technology, ’84 PhD), emeritus professor in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences at Prairie View A&M University, was featured by the Iowa State University Alumni Association.

1970s

John Wood (’75 farm operation) was recognized by the Iowa State Alpha Gamma Rho Eta Chapter as the 50th Year Testimonial honoree.

Wayne Fredericks (’73 animal science), farmer, received the Policy Champion Award from the Iowa Soybean Association.


January 2022

2020s

Jian “Mark” Cheng (’21 PhD animal breeding and genetics) received the Lauren Christian Graduate Student Award from the National Swine Improvement Federation.

Sarah Heiller (’20 animal science, world languages and cultures) has joined Distynct as a customer success consultant.

Bailey Dohlman (’20 animal ecology) accepted a position as the coordinator of the 4-H and youth development program for the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office in Mitchell County, Iowa.

Decker Mann (’21 agricultural business), farmer, was featured by the Iowa Soybean Association.

Devan Mann (’20 agronomy), farmer, was featured by the Iowa Soybean Association.

Grant Hilbert (’20 economics, agricultural business), YouTube personality-turned first-generation farmer, was featured by the Iowa Soybean Association.

Mikayla McKenna (’21 agricultural and life sciences education, international agriculture) has accepted a position as a policy intern for NASDA – National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

Alexandra Keller (’20 animal science), graduate student in animal science at Iowa State, got second place in the Iowa Pork Congress Poster Competition.

2010s

Kyle Ruth (’16 agricultural business) accepted a new position as a product marketing manager for John Deere’s Intelligent Solutions Group office in Urbandale, Iowa.

Martin Gross (’11 biology, ’13 MS food science and technology, ’15 PhD ag and biosystems engineering), founder, president and CEO of Gross-Wen Technologies, received the 2021 Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Clay and Milk.

Mitchell Hora (’17 agricultural systems technology, agronomy), CEO and president of Continuum Ag, received the 2021 Startup of the Year Award from Clay and Milk.

Rachel Owen (’13 agronomy, global resource systems) accepted a position as science policy manager for Agronomy, Crops and Soil Science Societies of America.

Zach Adams (’17 animal science, ’21 DVM veterinary medicine) accepted a position as a veterinarian at Makotah Veterinary Center in Blue Earth, Minnesota.

Andrew Lauver (’12 agricultural studies) has been named director of programs and strategic alliances for Leading Harvest.

Paula Sonnabend (’16 agricultural business) has joined CLUTCH as a senior manager in their Catalyst consulting services group.

Daweyn Albertsen (’13 animal science) has been named regional manager at Heartland Co-op.

Kelley Maassen (’14 agricultural and life sciences education) has been named sales enablement specialist at WinField United.

Logan Ott (’18 microbiology), graduate student at Iowa State, recently received a USDA-NIFA Predoctoral Fellowship.

Krista Downing (’17 agricultural and life sciences education), Guthrie County Extension and Outreach Office program coordinator, received the Excellence in COVID Recovery award.

Carter Oliver (’15 animal ecology, forestry), director of the Harrison County Extension and Outreach office, received an award in recognition of his community economic development work.

Lillie Beringer (’18 animal science), owner of Beringer Family Farms Beef, received first place in the Iowa Farm Bureau’s Grow Your Future Award.

2000s

Trisha Grevengoed (’09 animal science) accepted an assistant professor position in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.

Angela Anderson (’05 public service and administration in agriculture) accepted a position as director of dairy sustainability for Starbucks.

1990s

Anne Shimerdla (’98 animal ecology) was featured for her work as CEO and president of the Blank Park Zoo.

Kirsten Gruis (’94 microbiology) has been appointed as chief medical officer at DiaMedica Therapeutics Inc.

Shannon Latham (’93 public service and administration in agriculture, agricultural journalism) announced she will run for re-election for the new Iowa House District 55.

1980s

Leon Schumacher (’87 PhD agricultural and life sciences education) has been named the chair of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at North Dakota State University.

John Lawrence (’84 animal science, ’86 MS economics) has been named interim chair of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University.

Wendy Wintersteen (’88 PhD entomology), president of Iowa State University, was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Business Leaders by Business Record.

Mitchell Hoyer (’80 animal science, ’81 agricultural and life sciences education) has accepted the position of assistant director for Iowa 4-H Youth Development with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Dan Dylla (’86 agricultural and life sciences education), agriculture teacher at United South Central High School in Wells, Minnesota, was featured by the Faribault County Register.

1970s

Gerald “Jerry” Miller (’71 agronomy, ’74 PhD), retired agronomy professor, was re-elected for a second two-year term as president of the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts.

Mary Wagner (’78 bacteriology, ’80 MS food technology) has been named the first independent board director at BlueNalu.

Mary Holz-Clause (’76 agricultural business, ’91 MPA political science, ’09 PhD agricultural and life sciences education), chancellor at the University of Minnesota Crookston, has been selected as one of five finalists for president of North Dakota Statee University.

David Williams (’72 PhD animal science), owner and president of Burkmann Industries, was inducted into the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association 2022 Hall of Fame.

1960s

Dale Den Herder (’64 agricultural business, ’65 MS agricultural economics), chairman and CEO of Ambank Company and former city council member and mayor of Sioux Center, Iowa, was featured by the Sioux Center News.


December 2021

2020s

Heidi Mandt (’20 agriculture and life sciences education, global resource systems), agriscience/horticulture teacher at Des Moines Public Schools’ Central Campus, received a $24,000 grant for the development of an orchard on underutilized ground owned by the school on the south side of Des Moines.

Theresa Brehm (’20 environmental science, global resource systems), a graduate student at The Ohio State University, was named to Western Dubuque High School’s 2021 Young Accomplished Alumni list.

Zach Timm (’20 agronomy), farmer near Monticello, Iowa, and conservation agronomist for Dubuque County, was named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

Michael Vittetoe (’20 agricultural business), farmer near Washington, Iowa, was named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

Graham Redweik (’21 PhD microbiology), postdoctoral associate at the University of Colorado-Boulder, was featured in this CALS news release.

2010s

Mitchell Hora (’17 agricultural systems technology, agronomy), CEO and president of Continuum Ag, was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. He was also named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

Erin Hinderaker (’14 MS nutritional sciences) has joined Iowa State University’s Master of Professional Practice in Dietetics program as a clinical assistant professor.

Raegan Hoefler (’18 genetics), a PhD candidate in plant breeding and plant genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was named to Western Dubuque High School’s 2021 Young Accomplished Alumni list.

Megan Kregel (’11 dairy science), dairy farmer near Guttenberg, Iowa, was one of three recipients of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmer Leadership Award for 2021.

Michael McEnany (’11 agricultural studies), farmer near Nevada, Iowa, was one of three recipients of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmer Leadership Award for 2021.

Victoria Pocius (’18 PhD ecology and evolutionary biology) has joined Douglas Products as a field scientist I.

Lyndi Buckingham-Schutt (’17 PhD nutritional sciences) has been appointed as an assistant professor and community nutrition and health state extension specialist for Iowa State University’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and Human Sciences Extension and Outreach.

Andrew Hess (’16 PhD genetics) joined the University of Nevada, Reno, as an assistant professor in the Department of Agriculture, Veterinary and Rangeland Sciences.

Nate Jones (’13 agricultural business, DMJ economics), manager/farmer for Circle J Grain in Williamsburg, Iowa, was named to The Scoop 40 Under 40.

Josh Henik (’10 agronomy, ’12 MS crop production and physiology), farmer near Mount Vernon, Iowa, and assistant professor in agriculture business and agricultural science at Kirkwood Community College, was named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

2000s

Thomas Fawcett (’05 agricultural business, economics), precision ag specialist with Heartland Co-op, was named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

Chris Gaesser (’08 agronomy), farmer near Lenox, Iowa, was named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

1990s

Brent Johnson (’95 agronomy), farmer near Manson, Iowa, was elected the 14th president of the Iowa Farm Bureau.

Steph Essick (’99 agricultural business), farmer near Dickens, Iowa, was named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

Brent Renner (’98 agricultural studies), farmer near Klemme, Iowa, was named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

Suzanne Shirbroun (’91 agronomy, ’91 DMJ pest management), farmer near Farmersburg, Iowa, was named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

Mike Paustian (’98 microbiology), farmer near Walcott, Iowa, was named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

1980s

Scott Hutchins (‘87 PhD entomology) has joined the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council’s Sustainability and Value Creation research teams.

Mark Boggess (’83 animal science, ’90 PhD), director of the USDA Meat Animal Research Center, was presented the Charles Stanislaw Memorial Distinguished Service Award.

Kirk Den Herder (’87 agricultural studies), farmer near Orange City, Iowa, was named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

Mark Mueller (’81 agricultural business, ’87 agronomy), farmer near Waverly, Iowa, was named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

Joe Shirbroun (’87 agricultural studies – certificate, ’89 agricultural studies), farmer near Farmersburg, was named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

Brian Hora (’85 farm operation), farmer near Washington, Iowa, was named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

Don Swanson (’84 agricultural business), farmer near Ottumwa, Iowa, and co-owner of Son Risk Management, was named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

Patrick Schnable (’86 PhD agronomy), Iowa Corn Promotion Board Endowed Chair in Genetics, a C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor, the Baker Scholar of Agricultural Entrepreneurship, and the Director of the Plant Sciences Institute at Iowa State University, co-founded Dryland Genetics, which was recently featured by agnewscenter.com for two new varieties of proso millet the start-up company developed.

1970s

Bill Drury (’74 farm operation, ’78), farmer near Clarion, Iowa, was named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

Dwight Dial (’72 agricultural and life sciences education, ’77 MS), farmer near Lake City, Iowa, was named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

Chuck White (’79 fisheries and wildlife biology, ’86 MAG professional agriculture), farmer near Spencer, Iowa, was named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

Wayne Fredericks (’73 animal science), farmer near Osage, Iowa, was named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

Steve McGrew (’79 farm operation), farmer near Emerson, Iowa, was named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

Rob Stout (’78 farm operation), farmer near Washington, Iowa, was named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

Clark Whitaker (’77 agricultural business), farmer near Hillsboro, Iowa, was named to the Iowa Soybean Association’s Iowa’s Front Forty list.

1960s

Kent Nelson (’68 PhD animal science), founder and former president of Nelson Dairy Consultants, Inc., has been selected as the Iowa State Dairy Association’s recipient of the 2021 Ralph Keeling Leadership Award.


November 2021

2020s

Brian Lois (’21 agricultural business) has joined Community State Bank as an agricultural relationship coordinator.

Jillian Kurovski (’20 animal ecology), University of Wisconsin-Green Bay graduate student, was featured by Patch.

2010s

Tad Beekman (’18 food science), doctoral candidate in food science at the University of Arkansas, earned a $10,000 MISA Foundation Scholarship.

Benjamin Smith (’16 agricultural systems technology, ’17 animal science, ’18 MS industrial and agricultural technology, ’21 PhD industrial and agricultural technology), lecturer in agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State and associate director of engineering at FarrPro, was featured in an Iowa State College of Engineering News story.

Brett Ramirez (’17 PhD agricultural and biosystems engineering), assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State, was featured in an Iowa State College of Engineering News story.

Stephanie Carlson (’13 animal science) has joined U.S. Senator Joni Ernst’s office as the ag policy advisor/deputy legislative director.

Katherine Frels (’11 agronomy) has accepted a position as assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where she is the first female to lead the university’s small grains breeding program.

Martin Gross (’11 biology, ’13 MS food science & technology, ’15 PhD agricultural and biosystems engineering, food science and technology), co-founder and president of Gross-Wen Technologies, received a $6.5 million investment to grow his business.

Wes Schweer (’13 animal science, ’15 MS, ’18 PhD), swine research nutritionist at Zinpro Corporation, was recently featured on the “Swine it” podcast.

2000s

Matt Russell (’03 rural sociology) was appointed by President Joe Biden to serve as the Farm Service Agency State Executive Director for Iowa.

Heather Duncan (’06 public service and administration in agriculture), grants management specialist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recently finished her term as a member of the Iowa State University Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Allison Flinn (’10 animal science, ’14 DVM), director for public policy and government relations for Merck Animal Health, has been elected to be a member of the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors.

1990s

Brandi Boyd (’98 animal science, ’00 MS agricultural education and studies), agricultural education instructor for Clarke Community Middle School and High School in Osceola, Iowa, took part in Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural Education and Studies’ Teacher in Residence Program.

Bill Backhaus (’94 MS seed technology and business, ’10 agricultural systems technology), agronomist for BASF Corp., was featured on the Who’s Your Iowa Farmer? Facebook page.

1980s

Paul W. Snyder (’80 animal science, ’85 DVM), manager and senior pathologist at Experimental Pathology Laboratories Southeast, was awarded a Stange Award from Iowa State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

1970s

Lynn Henderson (’74 agricultural journalism), president/CEO of Henderson Communications, was named to the Agricultural Public Relations Hall of Fame for 2021.

1950s

Jim Evans (’54 agricultural journalism), retired University of Illinois professor, was inducted into the National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s Hall of Fame.

1940s

Donald T. Griswold (’40 agronomy), deceased, was recognized for his military service and ultimate sacrifice during the annual Gold Star Hall ceremony at Iowa State University.


October 2021

2020s

Rachel Zumbach (’21 agricultural and life sciences education, international agriculture) has joined Bader Rutter as an assistant account executive.

Holly Cook (’20 agricultural business, ’21 MS agricultural economics), staff economist with the National Pork Producers Council, was featured by Successful Farming.

2010s

Charlie White (’11 agricultural business) has joined Innovative Ag Services as the vice president of grain.

Joe Sweeney (’13 agricultural business), CEO of Eagle’s Catch, was selected as a member of the 2021 – 2022 class of Leadership Iowa.

Gail Lunde (’15 food science) has joined Beyond Meat as a trial coordinator.

Luke Gosse (’16 agricultural business), COO of Blue Diamond Farming Company near Jesup, Iowa, was selected as a member of the 2020 – 2021 Young Farmer Accelerator cohort by the Farm Foundation.

Tanner Scheuerman (’14 forestry) was hired as the Greene County Conservation Director.

Seth Todd (’14 agronomy), co-founder of Acorn Bluff Farms, was featured by The Gazette.

2000s

Ellen Walsh-Rosmann (’09 public service and administration in agriculture, international agriculture), owner of Farm Table Procurement and Delivery, has been appointed to the Farm to Table Task Force by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Vice President John Lawrence.

Cody Moorberg (’08 environmental science), associate professor of soil science at Kansas State University, received the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Rachel Chikwamba (’02 PhD genetics), group executive and vice president for chemicals, agriculture, food, and health at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), was honored with the 2021 George Washington Carver Distinguished Service Award from the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Kevin Ross (’03 agricultural studies, ’21 MBA), past chairman of the National Corn Growers Association and farmer from Underwood, Iowa, was honored with the 2021 Outstanding Young Professional Award from the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Dustin Loy (’05 animal science, ’09 DVM, ’11 PhD veterinary microbiology), associate professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, was honored with the 2021 Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the Iowa State University Alumni Association.

Joshua Day (’09 agricultural and life sciences education, ’14 MS), agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor at Muscatine Community School District, was featured on WQAD8.

Cassandra Brown (’09 agricultural and life sciences education) has joined Fairmont High School as an agricultural education instructor.

1990s

Kevin Kimle (’91 MS agricultural economics), director of the ISU Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, recently published a historical fiction with his wife, Patricia, entitled “The Only Free Road: An Underground Railroad Saga Unveiled”.

Skott Gent (’90 agricultural business), of Monmouth, Iowa, was inducted into the 2021 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame for Jackson County.

Corinne Rowe (’99 dairy science), owner of Rowe’s Red Cows, has been appointed to the Farm to Table Task Force by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Vice President John Lawrence.

Carol Reynolds (’92 animal science), vice president of human resources and communications for Kent Corporation, was selected as a member of the 2021 – 2022 class of Leadership Iowa.

Carol Pilcher (’97 MS entomology, ’01 PhD agricultural and life sciences education, entomology) has accepted a position as the manager of the Pesticide Safety Education Program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Aaron Cook (’94 agricultural studies), farmer near Winthrop, Iowa, was featured by Successful Farming.

Ryan T. Kay (’99 agricultural business), has been awarded the Early Career Award

1980s

Chris Edgington (’84 animal science), farmer near St. Ansgar, Iowa, was elected president of the Corn Board of the National Corn Growers Association.

Grant Schaaf (’82 agronomy), of Randolph, Iowa, was inducted into the 2021 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame for Fremont County.

Jon Schaben (’87 animal science), of Dunlap, Iowa, was inducted into the 2021 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame for Harrison County.

Dwayne Wright (’81 animal science), of New London, Iowa, was inducted into the 2021 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame for Henry County.

Bill Goehring (’86 animal science), of Libertyville, Iowa, was inducted into the 2021 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame for Jefferson County.

Nick Hunter (’83 agricultural business), of Chariton, Iowa, was inducted into the 2021 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame for Lucas County.

Joe Rotta (’81 agricultural and life sciences education), of Merrill, Iowa, was inducted into the 2021 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame for Plymouth County.

Jan Libbey (’84 fisheries and wildlife biology), owner of One Step at a Time Gardens, has been appointed to the Farm to Table Task Force by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Vice President John Lawrence.

Bruce Stewart-Brown (’80 animal science, ’85 DVM), senior vice president of food safety, quality, and live operations at Perdue Foods, has been named governor of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.

Deland Myers (’81 MS food technology, ’84 PhD), emeritus professor in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences at Prairie View A&M University, was honored with the 2021 Henry A. Wallace Award from the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

1970s

Jack Van Laar (’74 animal science), of Leon, Iowa, was inducted into the 2021 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame for Decatur County.

Mike Hunter (’78 agricultural business), of Chariton, Iowa, was inducted into the 2021 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame for Lucas County.

Bill Drey (’72 agricultural and life sciences education, ’04 MS professional ag), of Red Oak, Iowa, was inducted into the 2021 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame for Montgomery County.

Chuck Morris (’74 public service and administration in agriculture, ’75 MS sociology, ’96 PhD agricultural education and studies), of Ames, Iowa, was inducted into the 2021 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame for the State Recognition Award.

Dwight Conover (’74 agricultural business), co-founder of Northwest Financial Corporation, was honored with the 2021 Floyd Andre Award from the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Fred Hepler (’76 agricultural business), has been awarded the D. Howard Doane Award.

1960s

Robert Walton (’61 PhD animal science), retired CEO and chairman emeritus of American Breeder Service (ABS), published volume one of his autobiography, “View from the Bull’s Eye”.

Leo Mallie (’60 agronomy), of Dubuque, Iowa, was inducted into the 2021 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame for Dubuque County.

LeRoy Witzel (’61 agricultural and life sciences education), of Humboldt, Iowa, was inducted into the 2021 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame for Humboldt County.

Neal Conover (’69 animal science), co-founder of Northwest Financial Corporation, was honored with the 2021 Floyd Andre Award from the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Denny Baker (’67 animal science), along with his wife, Kathy, were named Cy’s Favorite Alums at the homecoming football game on Oct. 23, 2021.

1950s

Paul Eness (’56 dairy science, ’63 DVM), of Ames, Iowa, was inducted into the 2021 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame for Story County.


September 2021

2020s

Brianna Gorham (’21 agricultural business, international agriculture) has joined Ag Spectrum Company as the marketing communications coordinator.

Hannah Garland (’20 horticulture, ’21 MS agricultural and life sciences education) has accepted a role as an agriculture teacher at Montezuma Community School District.

2010s

Mitchell Hora (’17 agricultural systems technology, agronomy), founder of Continuum Ag, was featured on AgWeb.

Lisa Kubik (’14 agricultural business) has accepted a position as a district field manager at Iowa Corn.

Marla Meyers (’10 agricultural business) has joined the ISU Ivy College of Business as the Executive MBA coordinator.

Allison Zabel (’13 agricultural studies), customer service specialist with PIC, was elected to serve as first alternate director of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA) board of directors.

Laura Cunningham (’10 agricultural business), vice president of SkyView Farms, has been appointed to the Artisanal Butchery Task Force by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig.

Jake Swanson (’14 global resource systems), agriculture policy adviser for the Office of the Governor State of Iowa, has been appointed to the Artisanal Butchery Task Force by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig.

Drew Mogler (’16 agricultural business) has accepted a position as a business development manager at Barn Tools.

Abigail Peterson (’15 agronomy) has been named director of agronomy of Illinois Soybean Association.

Tony Behnke (’16 agricultural and life sciences education) has accepted a position as a provider system and data visualization consultant at Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

2000s

Brock Blaser (’05 MS crop production and physiology, ’09 PhD) was been named the Vernon Harman Professor of Dryland Farming at West Texas A&M University.

Terry Houser (’01 MS meat science, ’04 PhD), associate professor at Iowa State University, has been appointed to the Artisanal Butchery Task Force by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig.

Indi Braden (’05 PhD crop production and physiology) has been named interim chair of the department of agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University.

Erik Christian (’04 agronomy, ’07 MS crop production and physiology, ’12 PhD) has accepted a position as regional agronomy lead at Pivot Bio.

1990s

Dave Gunklee (’91 agricultural and life sciences education, ’07 MS professional ag), dean of applied technologies at Hawkeye Community College, has been appointed to the Artisanal Butchery Task Force by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig.

Curtis Schaben (’98 agricultural systems technology) has been named managing director of Lemken USA.

1980s

Steve Kerns (’81 animal science), owner of International Boar Semen, has been appointed to the Artisanal Butchery Task Force by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig.

Jon Schaben (’87 animal science), owner of Dunlap Livestock Auction, testified in front of congress in the Beefing up Competition: Examining America’s Food Supply Chain committee hearing.


August 2021

2020s

Benjamin Thomas (’20 agricultural business) has been promoted to junior commercial lender at VisionBank.

Tiffany Tomlin (’20 agricultural and life sciences education) was honored with the Outstanding District Young Member Award – North West by the Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators.

Holly Cook (’20 agricultural business) has joined the National Pork Producers Council as a staff economist.

Annika Koppes (’21 agricultural and life sciences education) has accepted a position as an education specialist for the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University.

Emily Martins (’20 agricultural studies) has accepted a position as a county youth coordinator for ISU Extension and Outreach in Buchanan County.

Madeline McGarry (’20 agricultural and life sciences education, international agriculture), has been promoted to deputy press secretary at the United State Senate.

Jake Wilde (’18 horticulture), co-owner of Backyard Berries, was featured by the Times-Republican about their unique strawberry farm.

2010s

Alexandra Morris (’13 agricultural business) has accepted a position as an operations specialist for Bayer.

Joseph Hora (’13 agricultural studies) has accepted a position as an area business manager for AgriGold.

Preston Poots (’14 agricultural and life sciences education) has joined Corteva Agriscience as a marketing communications specialist.

Caleb Martin (’14 agricultural business) has been promoted to senior commercial credit analyst at One Community Bank.

Alicia Humphrey (’14 agricultural and life sciences education) has been promoted to director of public relations at AMVC Management Services.

Emma Casavecchia (’19 global resource systems) has accepted a new role as program manager of global youth programs and partnerships at the World Food Prize Foundation.

Sarah Wille (’17 agricultural and life sciences education) was honored with the Outstanding District Young Member Award – North East by the Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators.

Blair Bodkins (’19 agricultural and life sciences education) was honored with the Outstanding District Young Member Award – South East by the Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators.

Steven Eskildsen (’14 agricultural and life sciences education) was honored with the Outstanding Early Career Teacher Award by the Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators.

Jacob Hunter (’11 agricultural and life sciences education) was honored with the Outstanding Teacher Award by the Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators.

Hunter Hamilton (’19 agricultural and life sciences education) was honored with the Teachers Turn the Key Award by the Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators.

Megan Bierschenk (’12 agricultural business) has accepted a new role as grain merchandiser at POET.

Joshua Lenz (’14 horticulture, ’16 MS horticulture), assistant manager of athletic grounds for Arizona State University, was named 2021 Sports Turf Managers Association ‘Stars and Stripes’ Contest winner for his “Sun Devils Salute to Service” field design.

Max Cornelison (’15 agricultural business) has accepted a new role as a commodity broker at AgMarket.Net.

Charlie Kreis (’14 agricultural business) has accepted a new role as a rail transportation professional at Cargill.

Mark Johnson (’12 animal science, ’17 DVM) has joined the veterinary team at Pine Cone Pet Hospital.

Clarabell Knapp (’19 agronomy) has accepted a role as a field agronomist for ISU Extension and Outreach in region 11.

Scott Henry (’12 agricultural business, international agriculture), farmer and partner of LongView Farms near Nevada, Iowa, was awarded the 2021 Top Producer of the Year Award sponsored by BASF and Case IH.

Eric Henry (’17 agricultural business), farmer and partner of LongView Farms near Nevada, Iowa, was awarded the 2021 Top Producer of the Year Award sponsored by BASF and Case IH.

Tasha Nielsen (’12 animal ecology), natural resource and trail technician for Webster County Conservation, was featured by The Messenger.

Meaghan Anderson (’12 agronomy, ’14 MS crop production and physiology), ISU Extension and Outreach agronomist, was featured by the Times-Republican reflecting on the derecho one year later.

Teresa Blader (’14 animal science, ’18 MS entomology), has accepted a position as geographic information system (GIS) specialist for Olmsted County, Minnesota.

Paula Sonnabend (’16 agricultural business), has joined the Landus GROW Solutions Center as a solutions center specialist.

Zach Boss (’13 agricultural business), has accepted a new role as agent for Farm Bureau Financial Services.

Kayla Lyon (’19 agricultural studies), director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, has been appointed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to the Carbon Sequestration Task Force.

Eric Van Ginkel (’11 horticulture), construction operations manager at Iowa Sports Turf Management, was part of the grounds crew for the “MLB at the Field of Dreams” game.

Mitchell Countryman (’17 horticulture), construction assistant at Iowa Sports Turf Management, was part of the grounds crew for the “MLB at the Field of Dreams” game.

2000s

Rebecca Lucas (’08 microbiology) has joined Kemin Industries as Director of Research and Development for their human nutrition and health business unit.

Nick McKenna (’02 horticulture), Texas A&M Athletics field manager, was part of the grounds crew for the “MLB at the Field of Dreams” game.

Patrice Bailey (’01 MS ag and life sciences education), assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, was featured by The Circle.

Kellie Blair (’06 agronomy, forestry), farmer near Dayton, Iowa, has been appointed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to the Carbon Sequestration Task Force.

Casey Scheidel (’04 horticulture), president at Iowa Sports Turf Management, was part of the grounds crew for the “MLB at the Field of Dreams” game.

1990s

Kaitlyn Bartling (’98 public service and administration in agriculture, ’19 MS agricultural and life sciences education) was awarded the Outstanding District Young Member – North Central by the Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators.

Brian Berns (’92 agricultural business), sales agronomist for New Cooperative, was honored with the 2021 Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award by the Green County Farm Bureau.

Gentry Sorenson (’97 agricultural studies, ’18 MS professional ag), has accepted a role as a field agronomist for ISU Extension and Outreach in region 2.

Jill Zullo (’96 PhD food science and human nutrition), vice president of bioindustrials at Cargill, has been appointed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to the Carbon Sequestration Task Force.

1980s

Dwight Mogler (’87 agricultural business), farmer near Alvord, Iowa, was featured by ABCNews.

Laurie Henry (’83 animal ecology), farmer and partner of LongView Farms near Nevada, Iowa, was awarded the 2021 Top Producer of the Year Award sponsored by BASF and Case IH.

Steve Henry (’83 farm operation), farmer and partner of LongView Farms near Nevada, Iowa, was awarded the 2021 Top Producer of the Year Award sponsored by BASF and Case IH.

Keith Porter (’87 agricultural business, ’96 MS professional ag) has joined IntelinAir, Inc. as senior agronomist.

Carmen Nickerson (’89 public service and administration in agriculture), singer and songwriter, was featured by the Globe Gazette.

Bryan Sievers (’82 agricultural business), manager of AgriReNew and owner of Sievers Family Farms, has been appointed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to the Carbon Sequestration Task Force.

1970s

Dick Godfrey (’70 farm operation), farmer in Mills County, Iowa, was named part of the 2020 class of Iowa Master Farmers by Wallaces Farmer, the Iowa Master Farmer Foundation, and the Wallace Centers of Iowa.


July 2021

2020s

Jill Parrent  (’20 ag and life sciences education) has been promoted to communications manager at the Illinois Soybean Association.

2010s

Gary Wynne (’19 ag business, international ag) has accepted a role as a legislative assistant for U.S. Congressman Randy Feenstra.

Natalie Bidner (’18 global resource systems, political science) has joined the World Food Prize Foundation staff as a program manager for international dialogues.

Josue Chinchilla-Vargas (’18 MS animal science, ’21 PhD), dairy postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, was featured as a Farm Journal’s PORK’s Up & Coming Leader.

Elycia Ahl (’17 animal science) has joined the Iowa Poultry Association as a poultry health and education manager.

Mitchell Hora (’17 ag systems technology, agronomy), founder and CEO of Continuum Ag, was awarded fourth runner-up for the international Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge.

Erica Lain (’17 animal science) has accepted a role as a sustainability manager for Iowa Select Farms.

Sarah Mathers (’17 ag and life sciences education) has been promoted to development coordinator at Patriot PAWS Service Dogs.

Jenna Lansing (’16 ag business) has been promoted to director of the agri-food watchdesk at Aimpoint Research.

Molly Severn (’14 public service and administration in ag, ag and life sciences education), policy advisor for the Office of the Governor, was recognized as Story County 4-H Young Alum of the Year.

Amanda Blair (’13 ag business, public service and administration in ag) has accepted a new role as career development center human resources program consultant at Gundersen Health System.

Nichole Gent (’13 ag and life sciences education, ’15 MS) has been hired as an ag specialist at the ISU Dairy Teaching Farm.

Rachel Owen (’13 global resource systems, agronomy), executive director for MOST Policy Initiative, was featured by KBIA Radio.

Dakota Hoben (’12 ag business, international ag) founded Farmers Risk.

Elizabeth Burns-Thompson (’11 ag business, international ag) has accepted a position as vice president of government and public affairs for Navigator CO2.

Megan Kregal (’11 dairy science), farmer near Guttenberg, was featured by Dairy Herd Management.

2000s

Drew Henry (’09 MS animal ecology) was hired as the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 regional supervisor.

Melanie Bloom (’01 ag and life sciences education, animal science, ’08 MS) has accepted a position as an ag education instructor at Sioux Central Community Schools.

Melea Reicks Licht (’00 public service and administration in ag, ’05 MS ag and life sciences education) has accepted a role as a senior director of communications for the ISU Alumni Association.

1990s

Chris Schaffer (’94 ag business) has been named chief executive officer of Ag Processing, Inc.

1980s

Betsy Freese (’84 ag journalism) has retired as executive editor of Successful Farming after a 37-year career with Meredith Agrimedia.

Terry Hermiston (’83 microbiology), CEO of GLAdiator Biosciences and Coagulant Therapeutics, has been named to the board of directors for KaliVir Immunotherapies.

Shawn Tabke (’81 agronomy) has accepted a role as a horticulture coordinator for ISU Extension and Outreach in Woodbury County.

1970s

Paul Schmitz (’71 PhD sociology) has been honored as the Mentor of the Year by the Maryland Technology Council Venture Mentoring Services.


June 2021

2020s

Esperanza Moothart (’21 global resource systems) has accepted a role as a student services specialist for the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Trevor Maiers (’20 ag business), farmer near Payson, Illinois, was featured by the Quad-City Times.

2010s

Daiton Tietz (’18 ag and life sciences education) has accepted a role as a field marketing associate for Sound Agriculture.

Kalli Welte (’17 agronomy) has accepted a position as an agronomic solutions advisor for BASF.

Becca Haugland (’16 ag and life sciences education) has been promoted to events and partnerships marketing specialist at Global VetLink.

Ben Smith (’16 ag systems technology, ’17 animal science, ’18 MS industrial and ag technology, ’21 PhD) has accepted a role as associate director of engineering at FarrPro, Inc.

Catherine DeLong (’14 MS soil science, environmental science) has accepted a position as water quality program manager for ISU Extension and Outreach.

Megan Hindman (’14 microbiology, ’18 DVM) has accepted a role as clinical associate professor for the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine.

Kristin Liska (’14 animal science), has been promoted to associate project manager at XPO Logistics, Inc.

Elyssa McFarland (’13 agronomy) has accepted a position as a director of project management at Regrow Ag.

2000s

Manpreet Singh (’06 PhD food science and technology) has been named head of the Department of Food Science and Technology in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Aaron Steil (’05 horticulture, biology) has been promoted to consumer horticulture extension specialist for ISU Extension and Outreach.

Patrice Bailey (’01 MS ag and life sciences education), assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, was featured by MPRNews.

Eric Brevik (’01 PhD agronomy, soil science), has been named dean of the College of Agricultural, Life and Physical Sciences at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Rick Woten (’01 forestry, history, ’05 MS history, ’09 PhD ag history and rural studies), has accepted a position as an ISU Extension and Outreach regional director serving Appanoose, Monroe, Wayne and Lucas counties.

Corinne Newport (’00 forestry), tree expert at Blooms Garden Center in Marion, Iowa, was featured in KCRG-9 TV’s Show You Care Spotlight.

1990s

Elisabeth Huff-Lonergan (’91 MS animal science, ’95 PhD), professor in the ISU Department of Animal Science as honored as an American Society of Animal Science fellow in the teaching category.

Godfrey Gibbison (’95 MS economics), dean of extended learning and global programs at Cal State San Marcos, was recently featured by the organization.

1980s

Wendy Wintersteen (’88 PhD entomology), president of Iowa State University, has been named to the Iowa Business Hall of Fame.

Ken Stalder (’87 animal science, ’95 PhD), professor in the ISU Department of Animal Science, was honored with the Animal Management Award by the American Society of Animal Science.

Curtis Madsen (’81 Fisheries and Wildlife Biology) was awarded the Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Medal upon his retirement after 34 years as environmental program supervisor for the Iowa Army National Guard.

1970s

Paul Kassel (’78 horticulture, agronomy, ’81 MS crop production and physiology), long-time ISU Extension and Outreach agronomy field specialist for Northwest Iowa, will retire on June 30.

Laura Krouse (’77 agronomy, ’78 ag business), owner of Abbe Hills Community Supported Agriculture near Mount Vernon, was featured by The Gazette.

1950s

Kay Connelly (’56 farm operation, ’68 MS education), retired ISU Extension crop production specialist, has been honored as one of The Courier’s Eight Over 80 awardees.


May 2021

2010s

Hope Brotherson (’18 animal science) has accepted a position as a feed sales specialist for Remsen Farmers Cooperative.

Josie Burgett (’18 ag business, international ag) has accepted a position as a Downtown activation manager with the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

Hannah Bates (’15 MS sustainable ag, sociology), program specialist for the Water Resources Research Institute, was honored with the 2021 ISU Professional and Scientific Outstanding New Professional Award.

Sarah Henry (’15 ag and life sciences education) has accepted a role as district agriculture representative for U.S. Congressman Tracey Mann (Kansas).

Bailey Shober (’15 ag and life sciences education) has been promoted to human resources generalist with the HON Company.

Genna Tesdall (’15 biology, global resource systems) has been appointed director of Young Professionals for Agricultural Development.

Karl Kerns (’14 animal science), was promoted to assistant professor in the ISU Department of Animal Science.

Elyssa McFarland  (’13 agronomy), farmer near Fruitland, was featured in the Iowa Soybean Review. https://fb.watch/5is-ccIpuY/

Kate Danner (’12 agronomy, environmental studies, ag studies), president of Longley Farms near Aledo, Illinois, was featured by FarmWeekNow.com.

Jared Achen (’11 ag business), co-founder of ChopLocal, was featured by the Iowa Farm Bureau.

Kelsey Powell (’11 animal science, dairy science), academic advisor in the ISU Department of Animal Science, was honored with the 2021 ISU Early Achievement in Academic Advising Award.

2000s

Chris Beedle (’09 animal science), superintendent of the ISU Western Research and Demonstration Farm, was featured by Fox 44 Siouxland News.

Susan DeBlieck (’09 MS sustainable ag) has accepted a role as program coordinator for the ISU Extension and Outreach Powerful Tools for Caregivers program.

Trisha Grevengoed (’09 animal science), assistant professor with the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Biomedical Sciences, has been awarded a DKK 10M Hallas-Møller Emerging Investigator Award.

Dawn Koltes (’08 MS animal breeding and genetics, ’13 PhD genetics) was promoted to assistant professor in the ISU Department of Animal Science.

Kellie Blair (’06 agronomy, forestry), farmer near Dayton, Iowa, was featured by Progressive Farmer.

Maro Ibarburu-Blanc (’05 MS economics) research scientist for the ISU Department of Animal Science and the Egg Industry Center, was honored with the 2021 ISU Professional and Scientific Research Award.

Beth Rachut (’04 ag and life science education) has been promoted to senior project manager with Ag1Source.

AJ Blair (’03 ag business), farmer near Dayton, Iowa, was featured by Progressive Farmer.

Jerry Zamzow (’02 animal science), ISU associate vice president for research, was honored with the 2021 Iowa Regents Award for Staff Excellence.

Laura Jones (’02 animal ecology, zoology) has been named director of the Cherokee County Conservation Board.

Nick McKenna (’02 horticulture), assistant athletic field maintenance manager for Texas A&M University, has been elected president of the Sports Turf Managers Association.

Dan Hanrahan (’00 agronomy), owner of Hanrahan Ranch near Cumming, was featured by dsm Magazine.

Matt Wenger (’00 ag and life sciences education), program specialist for the ISU Meats Laboratory, was honored with the 2021 ISU Outstanding Achievement in Extension or Professional Practice Award.

1990s

Jessica Bell (’97 animal ecology), research administrator with the ISU Grants Hub, was honored with the 2021 ISU Professional and Scientific Excellence Award.

Ryan Schon (’95 agronomy), general manager of Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, has been appointed to the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Committee for Agricultural Development.

Chris Skaggs (’92 PhD animal science), associate dean for undergraduate program in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has also been named the associate vice chancellor for producer relations for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

Phillip Gauger (’90 animal science, ’94 DVM, ’08 MS vet microbiology, ’12 PhD), associate professor in the ISU Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, was honored with the 2021 ISU Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award.

Steven Whitham (’90 ag biochemistry), professor in the ISU Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, was honored with the 2021 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.

1980s

Steven Lonergan (’88 animal science, ’91 MS), professor in the ISU Department of Animal Science, was promoted to ISU Morrill Professor.

Alan Krysan (’87 ag business) has accepted a position as an area executive director (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota) for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital/ALSAC.

Beth Doran (’83 animal science), ISU Extension and Outreach beef program field specialist, was honored with the 2021 Iowa Regents Award for Staff Excellence.

April 2021

2010s

Blair Bodkins (’19 ag and life sciences education) has accepted a position as an ag educator and FFA advisor at Bellevue Community Schools.

Hope Brotherson (’18 animal science) has accepted a role as a feed sales specialist at Remsen Farmers Cooperative.

Derrick Kapayou (’18 agronomy), Iowa State graduate student in sustainable ag and anthropology, was featured by Iowa Public Radio as one of the Iowa State University Museums’ “Faces of Iowa State” collection.

Rebecca Runyon (’18 ag studies, ’19 MS ag and life sciences education), founder of Bessie’s Parlor and director of the Iowa State College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Innovation + Entrepreneurship Academy, has been honored with the Think Big Award by the Iowa Small Busines Development Center.

Ethan Lambert (’14 animal science), farmer near Dows, has been named to the 2021 Iowa Soybean Association Experience Class.

Kaitlyn Vrsek (’12 public service and administration in ag), has accepted a position as an ag marketing strategist for Gate 39 Media.

Elizabeth Burns-Thompson (’11 ag business) was honored with the 2020 Altoona Area Young Professional of the Year Award.

Liz Gehling (’10 animal science) has accepted a position as an account manager with Landus.

2000s

Michaeleen Golay Gerken (’05 MS forestry, ’13 PhD) was recently promoted to associate professor of biology at Wartburg College.

Shawna Weimer (’09 animal science, animal ecology, ’12 MS animal physiology), University of Maryland Extension poultry welfare specialist, was featured by The Poultry Site.  

Jason Haegele (’06 agronomy, ag engineering, ’08 MS crop production and physiology), region agronomist for WinField United in Illinois, has been named to the Illinois Soybean Association’s ILSoyAdvisor CCA Soy Envoy Class.

Jacob Bolson (’07 ag engineering), farmer near Eldora and product manager for John Deere, has been named to the 2021 Iowa Soybean Association Experience Class.

John Stokes (’06 ag studies), has accepted a role as the District 5 district field manager for the Iowa Corn Growers Association.

Holly Kasperbauer (’03 ag and life sciences education), assistant director of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, received the university’s Accountability, Climate and Equity Award for Women’s Progress Staff.

Matt Brummett (’02 ag engineering), farmer near Neola, has been named to the 2021 Iowa Soybean Association Experience Class.

1990s

Charlie McKenna (’96 ag business), director of sales at My Yield, has been named to the 2021 Iowa Soybean Association Experience Class.

Karol Fike (’91 animal science), associate teaching professor at Kansas State University, has been awarded the 2021 Mark and Eva Gardiner Innovation and Excellence Faculty Award.

Diane Young (’91 dairy science, ag microbiology), owner and director of technical services of Foundation Analytical Laboratory, has been appointed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds as co-chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

 1980s

Rex Hoppes (’87 animal science), executive director of the Iowa Beef Industry Council, has been named to the 2021 Iowa Soybean Association Experience Class.

Rodrigo Tarté (’87 food technology, ’90 MS, ’96 PhD food science and human nutrition, animal science), assistant professor in the Iowa State Department of Animal Science, was elected president of Phi Tau Sigma, The Honor Society of Food Science and Technology.

1970s

David Schramm (’78 forestry and pest management), vice president and senior consultant with EN Engineering, LLC, has been honored with the National Association of Corrosion Engineers International 2021 R.A. Brannon Award.  

Tim Blair (’77 animal science), team physician for Every Step Hospice and owner of The Bloom and Bark Farm near Keosauqua, was featured by the Times Republican.

 1960s

Roger Cooper (’66 animal science, ’70 DVM), owner of Cooper Animal Clinic in Aberdeen, South Dakota, is retiring after more than 50 years in the industry.


March 2021

2020s

Justin Swanton (’20 animal science, ag and life sciences education) has accepted a role as forage sales training specialist at Vermeer Corporation.

2010s

Allysa Blanchfield (’19 ag and life sciences education), ag educator and FFA advisor at Sibley-Ocheyedan Community Schools, was featured by NWIowa.Com.

Kristine Lang (’19 PhD horticulture, sustainable ag) has accepted a position as an assistant professor and extension specialist in consumer horticulture for the South Dakota State University Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science.

Michael Cropp (’18 MS meat science, food science and technology) has been hired as a technical services associate for Kemin.

Lara Schenck (’15 MS soil science) has accepted a position as a strategic initiatives manager with Practical Farmers of Iowa.

Ceara Mullins (’14 animal science, ’18 DVM), veterinarian with Forest City Vet Clinic was featured by Forest City Summit-Tribune.

Ehrich Sneller (’14 environmental science, agronomy, ’15 MS science education), chemistry educator at Harrisonburg City Public Schools in Virginia, was honored with the Virginia Association of Science Teachers Recognition in Science Education Award.

Jared Achen (’11 ag business); farmer near Wayland and founder of ChopLocal; will provide the keynote address at the 2021 Animal Agriculture Alliance Virtual Stakeholders Summit on May 6, 2021.

Mark Clinton (’10 ag studies), farmer near Massena, was featured by the Daily Nonpareil.

2000a

Gabe Whitaker (’09 public service and administration in ag) has been promoted to deputy construction and facilities management officer at the Iowa Army National Guard.

Brooks Nelson (’08 public service and administration in ag) has accepted a position as a senior manager for disaster preparedness and response at Walmart.

Dan Bolin (’06 dairy science), farmer near Clarksville, has been honored with the Iowa Holstein Association’s Young Holstein Breeder Award.

Dustin Loy (’05 animal science, ’09 DVM, ’11 PhD vet microbiology), associate professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been named a Pew Charitable Trust Stand Up to Superbugs Ambassador.

Jacqueline Venner Senske (’03 horticulture) has accepted a position as a horticulture coordinator for Practical Farmers of Iowa.

Amber Harrison (’02 public service and administration in ag) has accepted a role as a head of marketing at  ReGrow Ag.

Terry Houser (’01 MS meat science, food science and technology, animal science, ’04 PhD), associate professor in the ISU Department of Animal Science and extension meat specialist, has been named the Smithfield Foods Chair in Meat Science Extension.

1980s

Ron Mardesen (’83 animal science), farmer near Elliott, has been named a Pew Charitable Trust Stand Up to Superbugs Ambassador.

Bill Northey (’81 ag business), has accepted a role as senior advisor to the General Food Rural Partners Fund for Big Idea Ventures.

 


February 2021

2020s

Ryan Hass (’20 ag studies) has been hired as a senior technician for Demico Finishing Equipment.

2010s

Trenton Houston (’19 agronomy), graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was featured in the North Platte Telegraph.

Rebecca Runyon (’18 ag studies, ’19 MS ag and life sciences education) has accepted a position as the inaugural director of the ISU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Innovation + Entrepreneurship Academy.

Kayla Bergman (’16 animal ecology, environmental studies) has been promoted to senior policy associate at the Center for Rural Affairs.

Ben Smith (’16 ag systems technology, ’17 animal science, ’18 MS industrial and ag technology), graduate student in the ISU Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, has been featured as a Farm Journal’s PORK Up and Coming Leader.

Josh Strable (’15 PhD plant biology) has accepted a role as an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry at North Carolina State University.

Kaytlan Moeller (’13 animal ecology), Dubuque County conservation naturalist, was featured by the Dyersville Commercial.

Stuart McCulloh (’13 ag and life sciences education) has been promoted to ag production supervisor with Seneca Foods Corporation.

BJ Brugman (’12 ag business), co-founder and chief executive officer of Distynct, was featured by Successful Farming.

Darrin Rahn (’12 ag business) has been promoted to brand manager at PepsiCo.

2000s

Courtney Knupp (’07 ag business) has accepted a position as a focus area director for animal/aquaculture nutrition meal with the U.S. Soybean Export Council.

Cheryl Morris (’02 MS animal science, animal nutrition), has joined the faculty in the ISU Department of Animal Science as an associate professor of comparative nutrition.

1990s

Mike Steilen (’92 biology, microbiology, ’98 MBA) has joined the North American marketing team for Lallemand Animal Nutrition.

Jeff Johnson (’91 ag business) has been elected to serve in the allied position role of the Iowa Pork Producers Association board of directors.

1980s

Nathan Deters (’87 animal science), accredited farm manager and partner with Stalcup Ag, was elected president of the Iowa-chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

1970s

James Borel (’78 ag business) has been appointed to the board of directors for AeroFarms.

Cheryl Enlow (’78 food technology) has been promoted to vice president of food safety and quality assurance with Calavo Growers, Inc.

Dennis Liljedahl (’75 animal science), farmer near Essex, Iowa, has been elected president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association board of directors.

1960s

Dale Netherton (’63 forestry) recently published his ninth and tenth books, “A Love for Keeps” and “Religion and Imagination,” on Apple iBooks.

David Van Wert (’60 animal science), was featured by the Iowa State University Foundation.


January 2021

2020s

Anna Marie Ehlers (’20 ag and life sciences education) has been promoted to a marketing and communications coordinator for Ag Leader Technology.

Jessica Jasper (’20 MS animal science) has accepted a position as a swine nutritionist and research coordinator for IDEAL Animal Nutrition in Tracy, Minnesota.

 2010s

Tyler Geiger (’19 ag business) has accepted a position as an insurance agent for Bear Creek Insurance Agency.

Josie Burgett (’18 ag business, international ag), customer success manager with Agrisync, was elected community relations chair for the Young Professionals in Agriculture board of directors.

Chloe Carson (’18 ag and life sciences education, ag and society), manager of digital communications with the National Pork Board, was elected special events chair for the Young Professionals in Agriculture board of directors.

Kristen Lowe (’18 ag and society) has accepted a position as an account manager for CornerPost Marketing Communications.

Grace Feilmeier (’18 ag and life sciences education), communications coordinator with Renewal Energy Group, was elected communications chair for the Young Professionals in Agriculture board of directors.

Austin Pueschel (’18 ag business), senior project manager with Lessing-Flynn, was elected president for the Young Professionals in Agriculture board of directors.  

Cody Smith (’18 ag and life sciences education) has been elected as a commissioner for the Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Nichole Wilson (’18 animal science), account manager with PIC, was elected secretary/treasurer for the Young Professionals in Agriculture board of directors.

Trey Forsyth  (’17 ag business, public service and administration in ag) has accepted a position as a director of government affairs for Michael Torrey Associates.

Cameron Jodlowski (’17 ag and life sciences education) has accepted a position as a precision ag specialist with Rural Community Insurance Services.

Peter Isaacson (’17 ag studies), farm manager for People’s Company, was elected membership chair for the Young Professionals in Agriculture board of directors.

Lexi Marek (’17 public service and administration in ag) has accepted a position as a digital marketing coordinator for PIC. 

Lindsay Calvert (’16 MS ag and life sciences education), leadership development manager with Iowa Corn, was elected programming chair for the Young Professionals in Agriculture board of directors.

Katie Mayo (’12 animal science, dairy science, ’17 MS immunobiology) has been promoted to applied nutrition research and development manager at Insta-Pro International.

David Bruene (’13 ag studies), ISU Beef Teaching Farm manager, was honored with the Iowa Beef Quality Assurance Cow-Calf Award.

Derrick Coble (’13 PhD genetics) has accepted a position as an assistant professor at North Carolina A&T University.

Todd Ramaeker (’13 ag studies, ag and life sciences education) has been promoted to territory customer support manager for John Deere, covering Eastern Idaho, Montana and Northern Wyoming.

T.J. Masker (’11 ag business) has accepted a position as a senior product manager for Tractor Zoom.

Ethan Crow (’10 ag studies), farmer near Marshalltown, was honored with the 2021 Iowa Soybean Association New Leader Award.

Jessie Juarez (’10 animal science, dairy science, ’12 MS animal science, ’14 DVM, ’20 MS ag and life sciences education), has accepted a position as faculty coordinator for South Dakota State University’s professional program in veterinary medicine.

2000s

Jenny Lichty (’09 ag and life sciences education, ’14 MS) has accepted a new position as a marketing specialist with Eldon C. Stutsman, Inc.

Sherry Johnson (’08 animal science, ’12 DVM), senior partner in Equine Sports Medicine, LLC and partner and co-founder of Equine CORE, Inc., was honored with the American Association of Equine Practitioners President’s Award.

Josh Merryman (’08 ag biochemistry) has accepted a role as director of channel engagement at Arable.

Brooks Nelson (’08 public service and administration in ag), senior director of global resilience with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, was featured in Forbes.

Kelly Norris (’08 horticulture, ’11 MS), director of horticulture and education at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, has published a book, New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden.

Jamie Baraibar (’07 ag systems technology) has accepted a position as an OES associate with the Okoboji Community School District.  

Alicia Heun (’06 public service and administration in ag) has accepted a position as director of engagement at Paulsen.

Kent Klingbeil (’05 ag business) has accepted a position as lead agronomist with Advanced Agrilytics.

Brady Stewart (’02 ag systems technology) has been appointed chief manufacturing officer for Smithfield Foods.

Kelli Cameron (’02 ag and life sciences education, ag extension education) has accepted a position as a director of provider recruitment and onboarding at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

1990s

Chad Nelson (’99 ag business), president of Farmer’s State Bank in Northwood, has been named to the Alumni Advisory Board for North Iowa Area Community College.

Jutta Roosen (’99 PhD economics), chair of the Department of Marketing and Consumer Research at the Technical University of Munich, was honored as a fellow by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Brett Hodnefield (’96 ag business), co-owner and manager of sales for Champion Seeds, was featured by Seed World.

Cynthia Brown (’92 forestry), licensed realtor with Signature Properties Group in the Golden Isles of Georgia, was featured by Coastal Illustrated.

1980s

Mark Schleisman (’86 ag business), farmer near Lake City, was honored with the 2021 Iowa Soybean Association Environmental Leader Award.

Jon Schaben (’87 animal science), co-owner of Dunlap Livestock Auction, was honored with the Marketer Iowa Beef Quality Assurance Award.

Douglas Quam (’85 animal science, ’89 DVM), veterinarian at Midwest Vet Clinic, was honored with the ISU Veterinary Medical Alumni Association’s inaugural Outstanding Mentor Award.

Mike Clayton (’83 agronomy), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service district conservationist for Caldwell and Lyon Counties in Kentucky, has retired after 38 years with the organization.

Dhamu Thamodaran (’83 PhD economics); retired executive vice president, chief strategy officer and chief commodity hedging officer for Smithfield Foods; retired following a 35-year career in the industry.

Will Martin (’82 PhD economics), senior research fellow in International Food Policy Research Institute’s Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division, was named fellow by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Bill Northey (’81 ag business), former U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary for farm production and conservation, was featured by KIWA Radio.

1970s

Steven Johnson (’78 ag and life sciences education, ’83 MS), ISU Extension and Outreach farm management specialist, retired on Jan. 4. 

Mary Wagner (’78 bacteriology, ’80 MS food technology), president of MK Wagner and Associates, Inc., has been appointed to the advisory board for Sensei Ag.

Steven Zumbach (’73 ag business, ’80 PhD economics) retired as an attorney from Belin McCormick.


December 2020

2020s

Riley Arthur (’20 ag business), marketing representative in precision ag tactical marketing with John Deere, was featured by the Cultivation Corridor.

2010s

Macy Marek (’19 ag and life sciences education) has accepted a role as a territory manager with Corteva Agriscience.

Abrah Meyer (’19 ag business) was promoted to tactical sales specialist with John Deere.

Kayla Dietz (’18 ag and life sciences education) has been promoted to ag marketing underwriter with Farm Bureau Financial Services.

Heidi Hamilton (’18 agronomy), farm account manager at Lee Agency, Inc., was elected as an alumni officer for the Iowa State Sigma Alpha chapter.

Sarah Orban (’18 animal science, ’20 MS ag and life sciences education) was promoted to tactical sales coordinator with John Deere.

Sarah Mathers (’17 ag and life sciences education) was promoted to executive assistant with Patriot PAWS Service Dogs.

Nettie Payne (’16 ag and life sciences education) has accepted a role as digital marketing manager for Bane-Welker.

Sarah Tweeten (’15 ag and life sciences education), farmer and office administrator for Cerro Gordo County Farm Bureau, was elected as an alumni officer for the Iowa State Sigma Alpha chapter.

David Drendel (’15 ag business, agronomy) has accepted a position as a precision agronomist at Advanced Agrilytics.

Kristin Liska (’14 animal science), was promoted to logistics specialist at XPO Logistics, Inc.

Dan Doeing (’13 ag and life sciences education, ’18 MS) has accepted a position as an ag educator and FFA adviser at Urbana School District.

Beth Baudler (’11 animal science), farmer near Fontanelle and manager of sales and procurement/leadership for Iowa Gold, LLC, won the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmer Discussion Meet.

2000s

Jenny Lichty (’09 ag and life sciences education, ’14 MS) has accepted a role as a marketing specialist with Eldon C. Stutsman, Inc.

Michelle Myers (’09 ag business), owner of Dirt Road Candle Co., was featured by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.

Chelcee Hindman (’05 ag and life sciences education) has accepted a role as a sales manager for North and Central America with Hamlet Protein.

Dana Schweitzer (’05 ag business, ’14 MBA) has been named managing director for the ISU Consortium for Cultivating Human and Naturally regenerative Enterprises (C-CHANGE).

Ryan Pfantz (’04 ag business), owner of Victorian Pines Christmas Tree Farm near State Center, was featured by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.

Dawn Refsell (’01 agronomy, ’03 MS crop production and physiology), seed protection product development manager at Valent, has been honored as a Fellow by the North Central Weed Science Society.

1990s

John Latham (’92 ag business), president of Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, was featured by Seed World.

1980s

Will Frazee (’81 farm operation), farmer near Emerson, has been elected to represent the farm organizations sector on the U.S. Meat Export Federation executive committee.

1970s

Ritch Berkland (’76 farm operation), farmer near Cylinder, was featured by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.

Richard Carter (’76 PhD ag and life sciences education), received the 2020 Oklahoma State University Ferguson College of Agriculture Outstanding Alumnus Award.


November 2020

2010s

Amy Bettle (’19 animal science) has accepted a position as a program coordinator for the World Food Prize Foundation.

Zachary Brown (’18 MS ag and life sciences education) has been named assistant director of Purdue University’s College of Agriculture Office of Multicultural Programs.

Kayleigh Koch (’18 ag business) has been promoted to financial officer at Farm Credit Services of America in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Trey Kellner (’14 MS animal science, ’17 PhD), swine nutritionist with AMVC Nutritional Services, was honored with the young alumni of distinction award by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Animal Science.

Joe Sweeney (’13 ag busines), CEO of Eagles Catch, was featured by the Business Record.

Kelsey Sutter (’10 ag and life sciences education), marketing and programs director for the Iowa Pork Producers Association, was selected as a 2020 40 Women to Watch in Hospitality by the Iowa Restaurant Association.

2000s

Josie Rudolphi (’09 ag and life sciences education, ’13 MS), assistant professor in the University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, was featured by National Public Radio.

Amy (Christofferson) Henry (’03 animal science, ’16 MS ag and life sciences education) is serving in a temporary position with the USDA’s U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program.

Armitra Jackson-Davis (’03 animal science, ’06 MS meat science, food science and technology, ’10 PhD), associate professor of food microbiology at Alabama A&M University, was featured by the ISU Alumni Association as a nominator for ISU Faculty and Staff Inspiration awardee Thelma Harding.

Nick McKenna (’02 horticulture), assistant athletics field manager for Texas A&M University, was featured by Vinton Newspapers.

Antoine Alston (’00 PhD ag and life sciences education) has been named interim chair of the North Carolina A&T Department of Animal Science.

1990s

Laura Greiner (’96 animal science, ’99 MS animal nutrition, ’01 PhD), assistant professor in the ISU Department of Animal Science, was featured by Wallaces Farmer.

Duane Kleve (’95 ag business) has accepted a position as general manager of Nedap Livestock Management.

1980s

Michael Roof (’87 microbiology, ’89 MS veterinary microbiology and preventative medicine, ’91 PhD), has been named chief technology officer for ISU Vaccines and Immunotheraputics research and innovation platform.

1970s

Bill Boggess (’74 ag business, ’79 PhD ag economics), has retired from his role as Executive Associate Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University. He will continue to serve in an emeritus faculty role.

1950s

Ernie Caltvedt (’55 farm operation) was featured by the Edina Sun Current.


October 2020

2020s

Jill Parrent (’20 ag and life sciences education) has accepted a position as a communications coordinator for the Illinois Soybean Association.

Karen Van De Walle (’20 MS ag and life sciences education), ag educator at Sumner Fredericksburg Community Schools, was elected president-elect of the Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators.

2010s

Derrick Kapayou (’18 agronomy), graduate student in sustainable agriculture at Iowa State University, was featured in the Baraboo News Republic.

Austin Pueschel (’18 ag business) has been promoted to senior project manager at Lessing-Flynn.

Haley Hillyard (’17 animal science) has accepted a position as a finishing pig flow specialist at TriOak Foods, Inc.

Andrea Basche (’15 PhD sustainable ag, crop production and physiology), assistant professor in cropping systems at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, has been named to the scientific advisory committee for the Soil Health Institute.

Randi Koehler (’15 ag and life sciences education, agronomy), ag educator at Lawton Bronson Community Schools, was elected secretary of the Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators.

Tory Mogler (’14 ag business) has been promoted to futures and options trading lead with Cargill.

Nathan Johnston (’13 ag business) has been promoted to area team leader at Beck’s Hybrids.

Stuart McCulloh (’13 ag and life sciences education) has accepted a role as a field representative for Seneca Foods Corporation.

Dan May (’11 ag and life sciences education), ag educator at Wayne Community Schools, was elected treasurer of the Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators.

2000s

Jacob Handsaker (’04 ag studies), co-owner of Hands-On Excavating and farmer near Radcliffe, was featured by WHO Newsradio 1040.

Amanda De Jong (’02 ag business) has accepted a position as an executive vice president with Landus Cooperative.

Tom Hughes (’02 horticulture), owner of Hughes Nursery and Landscaping, has been named chairman of the AmericanHort board of directors.

Mickie Deaton (’01 public service and administration in ag, ’15 MS education) has accepted a position as a registrar specialist with the Iowa State Office of the Registrar.

Rachel Allbaugh (’00 animal science, ’04 DVM), associate professor of veterinary clinical sciences, has been named the inaugural holder of the Lora and Russ Talbot Endowed Professor in Veterinary Medicine in the Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine.

 1990s

Chad Ingels (’91 horticulture, ’13 MS professional ag) farmer near Randalia, Iowa, was featured by Food Tank.

Melissa Rossman (’93 food science and technology) has been promoted to plant manager at the Hormel Foods Lloyd’s Barbeque plant in Mendota Heights, Minnesota.

Ron Walcott (’93 plant pathology, ’95 MS) has been named the University of Georgia’s inaugural vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School.

1980s

Scott Greiner (’89 animal science, ’97 PhD), professor and extension animal scientist with the Virginia Tech Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences was honored with the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Faculty Alumni Engagement Award.

Dawn Snyder (’88 fisheries and wildlife biology), education programs director for the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, was featured by KWIT Radio.

Roger Vos (’84 ag business) has been promoted to plant manager at the Hormel Foods plant in Beloit, Wisconsin.

Mike Gooder (’80 horticulture), president of Plantpeddlar, Inc., has been elected to the AmericanHort board of directors.

Roger Underwood (’80 ag business), was featured by WHO Newsradio 1040.

 1960s

Dr. Fred Sick (’65 animal science, ’74 DVM), retired veterinarian from Sioux Center, was honored with the 2020 Outstanding Service Award from the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association at Iowa State University.

1950s

Wayne Fuller (’55 ag economics, ’57 MS, ’59 PhD), Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Iowa State Departments of Statistics and Economics, was honored with a Clarivate Web of Science award in economics.


September 2020

2020s

Adam Legred (’20 ag business), was hired as an ag credit analyst/junior lender at Farmers State Bank in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

2010s

Andy Albrecht (’19 ag business), owner and operator of Big Cobb Enterprises, LLC in Mapleton, Iowa, was featured by the Maple River Messenger.

Spenser Becker (’19 MS animal science), graduate student in the ISU Department of Animal Science, was featured as a Farm Journal’s PORK Up & Coming Leader.

Paulina Padrón Saráchaga (’19 animal science), veterinary student at Tufts University, was featured by the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Allison Blomme (’18 microbiology, genetics), nutrition intern for AMVC, was featured by National Hog Farmer.

Paige Spowart (’18 animal science) has accepted a position as a field support specialist for the western U.S. for Lallemand Animal Nutrition.

Paige Gilster (’17 animal science), co-founder of Blu-Sky Stables, LLC, was featured by several media outlets for breeding “Finnick the Fierce,” a former Kentucky Derby contender.

Seth Gerlach (’16 agronomy), farmer near Nevada, Iowa, was featured as one of six Midwest farmers to serve on the Farmer Progress Show’s Virtual Experience FPVX Farmer Panel.

Jackson Kimle (’16 ag business) has started his own company and serves as founder and president of Midland, Co., a seafood company raising shrimp in Iowa.

Jenna Lansing (’16 ag business), has been promoted to agriculture watchdesk manager for Aimpoint Research.

Bryce Doane (’14 animal ecology), has been sworn in as a police officer for the City of Pella in Pella, Iowa.

Alix Crawford (’13 animal ecology) has accepted a position as an ICU veterinary technician with the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine.

Jordan Hanson (’13 dairy science, ag business), has been promoted to finance manager at Calyxt.

Kellie Walters (’13 horticulture, ’15 MS) has accepted a role as an assistant professor of controlled environment vegetable physiology at the University of Tennessee.

Scott Henry (’12 ag business), business development manager for LongView Farms near Nevada, Iowa, was featured as one of six Midwest farmers to serve on the Farmer Progress Show’s Virtual Experience FPVX Farmer Panel.

Stacie Matchan (’12 animal science) has accepted a role as a program specialist with the Iowa Pork Industry Center.

2000s

Kate Gilbert (’07 food science), associate teaching professor in the ISU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, was honored with a 2020 ISU Teaching Innovation Award.

Zack Smith (’02 agronomy), farmer near Buffalo Center, Iowa, was featured by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and the Storm Lake Times

1990s

Andy Rozendaal (’98 ag studies), manager of Eighth Day Farm in Holland, Michigan, was featured by The Lakeshore.

Jon Collison (’96 agronomy), has accepted a new position as regional sales manager for California and Arizona with Heliae® Agriculture.

Lee Crock (’94 animal science) and Lori Crock (’95 ag business), owners of Crock Angus near Mechanicsville, Iowa, were featured by Certified Angus Beef for damage sustained during the 2020 derecho storm.

1980s

Kevin Reynolds (’80 agronomy), first gentleman of the State of Iowa, was featured by The Inquisitr.

1970s

Ken Hartzell (’77 ag and life sciences education), owner of Hartzell Beef near Moscow, Iowa, was featured by Certified Angus Beef for damage sustained during the 2020 derecho storm.

1950s

Bruce Lease (’59 ag business) was featured by The Bemidji Pioneer.


August 2020

2020s

Andrew Larson (’20 forestry) completed his term on the Iowa State Alumni Association’s board of directors.

Allison Wisgerhof (’20 animal science) has accepted a position as a county youth coordinator for ISU Extension and Outreach in Dallas County.

2010s

Haley Carlson (’19 ag and life sciences education) started a new position as an ag educator and FFA adviser for West Sioux Community Schools in Hawarden.

Reed Burres (’17 ag business, international ag), co-owner and agent of AgriPeril Insurance and Risk Management, was featured by the Ford Dodge Messenger.

Hannah Darr (’16 global resource systems) has accepted a position as a science instructor at Battle Creek Middle School in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jennifer Elliott (’16 ag and life sciences education) has accepted a new role as a field sales representative for Bayer Crop Science.

Nicole Templeton (’16 animal ecology) has accepted a position as a natural resource technician with the Winnebago County Conservation Board.

Erin Horst (’15 animal science, ’20 PhD), was honored with the National Milk Producers Federation Richard M. Hoyt Award.

Karl Kerns (’14 animal science) has accepted a position as a lecturer in the ISU Department of Animal Science.

Kitt Tovar Jensen (’14 animal science), staff attorney for the ISU Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, was featured by the American Agricultural Law Association.

Carly Martin (’13 ag and life sciences education), was featured by Farm Journal’s PORK Magazine.

Ellie Wyatt (’13 ag studies), account executive for Lessing-Flynn, was honored with the 2020 Horizon Award from the National Agri-Marketing Association.

Meaghan Anderson (’12 agronomy, ’14 MS crop production and physiology), ISU Extension and Outreach agronomist, was featured by numerous media offering agronomic updates following damage from the Aug. 10 Midwest derecho, including the Chicago Tribune, Successful FarmingSuccessful Farming and WHO-TV 13.

Haley Jones (’12 dairy science, ’18 MS ag and life sciences education), Iowa 4-H youth development specialist, was featured by CALS.

Darrin Rahn (’12 public service and administration in ag); associate marketing manager for PepsiCo in New York, New York; was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America’s Quaranlean” series.

Kelly Sheets (’10 animal science), farmer near Nevada, was featured by Farm Journal’s PORK Magazine.

2000s

Mary Ebert (’09 animal science), farmer near Coon Rapids, was elected chair of the Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmer Advisory Committee.

Brandon Bonk (’06 ag systems technology), farmer near Magnolia, Delaware, was featured by American Agriculturist.

Carol Anne Fassbinder-Orth (’03 genetics), co-owner of Bountiful Blossoms Bee Company, LLC near Glenwood, was featured by the ISU Alumni Association.

Kerryanne Kocher (’03 ag and life sciences education), has been named CEO of Vytelle.

Stephanie Vinton-Pollock (’03 public service and administration in ag) has accepted a role as a financial officer for Farm Credit Services of America in Red Oak.

Brian Orth (’02 agronomy), co-owner of Bountiful Blossoms Bee Company, LLC near Glenwood, was featured by the ISU Alumni Association.

Patrice Bailey (’01 MS ag and life sciences education), assistant commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, authored Emerging Farmers in Minnesota: Legislative Report, which was honored with a 2020 Notable Document Award from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Mark Licht (’00 agronomy, ’03 MS soil science, ’16 PhD crop production and physiology), assistant professor in the ISU Department of Agronomy, was featured by numerous media offering agronomic updates following damage from the Aug. 10 Midwest derecho, including CBS News, Wired Magazine, Successful Farming and the New York Times.

1990s

Angie White (’99 ag business) has accepted a position on the management information excellence team with Farrell Growth Group.

Paul Koffman (’92 animal science) has been appointed to North American lead for Allflex Livestock Intelligence.

Dewayne Goldmon (’91 PhD agronomy), executive director of the National Black Growers Council, was featured by the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation.

1980s

Dennis Campbell (’89 ag and life sciences education), farmer near DeWitt, was featured on CBS News.

Brad Oelmann (’87 ag business) will join the Farrell Growth Group team later this summer.

Lee Burras (’81 agronomy, ’84 MS), professor in the ISU Department of Agronomy, has been named associate director of crops and soils for the ISU Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods.

July 2020

Hannah Burken (’20 animal science), has been hired as a research technician for TechMix.

Zachary Brown (’18 MS ag and life sciences education); graduate student at Purdue University and national graduate student president for the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS); was recently featured by the “AgriNovus Indiana”  podcast and as a panelist for the MANRRS webinar: “Examining Racism Biases in American Agriculture.”

Stephen Brockshus (’17 ag and life sciences education), founder and CEO of FarmlandFinder, was featured by the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

Emily Miller (’17 ag and society, animal science), graduate student at the University of Missouri, was featured in a roundtable discussion, “Scholarship of Activism in Food Studies,” during the Association for the Study of Food and Society/Agriculture, Food and Human Values Twitter Conference on July 24.

Celize Christy (’16 animal science, global resource systems), swing and poultry coordinator for Practical Farmers of Iowa, was featured in a roundtable discussion, “Scholarship of Activism in Food Studies” during the Association for the Study of Food and Society/Agriculture, Food and Human Values Twitter Conference on July 24.

Gabrielle Roesch-McNally (’16 PhD sustainable ag, sociology), received the 2020 Best Research Paper for Impact and Quality Award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

Cameron Hall (’15 global resource systems), superintendent for the ISU Hamilton Poultry Research and Teaching Farm, was elected to the ISU Professional and Scientific Council.

Molly Foley (’14 ag and life sciences education, public service and administration in ag), director of boards and commissions for Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, was featured by the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

Joe Sweeney (’13 ag business), CEO of Eagles Catch, was featured by AgriPulse.

Ethan Crow (’10 ag studies), farmer near Marshalltown, was featured by Iowa Farmer Today.

 2000s

Chris Beedle (’09 animal science), superintendent for the ISU Western Research and Demonstration Farm, was elected to the ISU Professional and Scientific Council.

Sarah Carlson (’08 MS sustainable ag, crop production and physiology), strategic initiatives director for Practical Farmers of Iowa, was featured as a 2020 Trusted Adviser Spotlight Honoree by Field to Market.

Brian Charlton (’06 MS agronomy), has been named station director for the Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center.

Melea Reicks Licht (’00 public service and administration in ag, ’05 MS ag and life sciences education), has been named interim director of college relations for the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

1990s

Jason Lekin (’97 animal science), licensed real estate agent and auctioneer for Appraisal and Estate Services in Toledo, was appointed to the State Bank of Toledo board of directors.

Edward Sobek (’96 MS plant pathology), president of Assured Bio Labs, LLC, was recently featured in the OakRidger for his company’s accreditation for testing environmental air and surfaces for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

1980s

Chris Edgington (’84 animal science), farmer near St. Ansgar, was elected first vice-president of the National Corn Growers Association board of directors.

Hugh Brown (’82 agronomy, ’85 MS, ’89 PhD), received the 2020 Society Service Award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

1970s

Lynn Braband (’72 fisheries and wildlife biology, ’79 MS wildlife biology), senior extension associate with the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program of Cornell University, retired in June after serving more than 20 years with the organization.

June 2020

2020s

Katrina McCarty (’20 ag and life sciences education, seed science) has accepted a position as a 4-H program coordinator for ISU Extension and Outreach – Muscatine County.

2010s

Gary Wynne (’19 ag business, international ag) has been promoted to special assistant on the staff of U.S. Senator Charles Grassley.

Danielle James (’18 ag and life sciences education), ag educator at LeMars Community Schools, was selected as an Outstanding Young Member by the Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators.

Mikayla Sullivan (’17 global resource systems, public service and administration in ag), co-founder of KinoSol, was awarded the top prize for the Youth Ag Summit’s Thrive for Change competition.

Matt Heiller (’16 ag studies) has accepted a position as a regional sales manager for Vytelle.

Morgan Swanson (’15 global resource systems, genetics), MD/PhD student at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and College of Public Health, has been elected to the National Resident Matching Program board of directors.

Mackenzie Dierks (’12 ag and life sciences education, international ag) has accepted a position as a project specialist for ITA Group.

Chris Sievers (’12 animal science, ’16 DVM), veterinarian with Swine Vet Center, was featured by National Hog Farmer.

Laura Cunningham(’10 ag business), farmer near Nora Springs and marketing manager for Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, has been honored with a 2020 Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmer Leadership Award.

2000s

Amanda Snodgrass (’09 horticulture, environmental science, ’12 MS horticulture) has accepted a position as a biologist at Grand Teton National Park.

Brenda Sellers (’05 ag business) has been promoted to manager for pork trim sales for Tyson.

Kim Gibson (’03 ag and life sciences education) has been promoted to associate director, regulatory affairs for Kemin Industries.

Jason Manz (’00 ag studies) has accepted a position as director of national accounts for PBI-Gordon’s pest management business unit.

1990s

Jennifer Vit (’98 public service and administration in ag) has been named executive director of the Iowa Extension Council Association.

Cindy Evenson (’91 agronomy), president of AGVISE Laboratories, Inc., was featured in AgWeek.

Dewayne Goldmon (’91 PhD agronomy), executive director of the National Black Growers Council, was featured by Progressive Farmer.

1980s

Kent Weigel (’89 MS animal science) professor and chair of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was honored with the university’s Robert G.F. and Hazel T. Spitze Land Grant Faculty Award for Excellence.

1970s

Ron Kardel (’74 farm operation), farmer near Walcott and chairman of the National Turkey Federation, was featured by WGN Radio.

Jim Evans (’54 ag journalism), retired ag communications professor with the University of Illinois, was featured by Prairie Farmer.

May 2020

2010s

Madeline McGarry (’20 ag and life sciences education, international ag) has accepted a position as Trust in Food™ Community Engagement Specialist with Farm Journal.

Zachary Brown (’18 MS ag and life sciences education), graduate student at Purdue University, has been elected National Graduate Student President for the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences.

Kalli Weber (’17 agronomy) has accepted a position as a precision agronomist for Advanced Agrilytics.

Daniel Kohlhase (’16 MS crop production and physiology), graduate student in the ISU Department of Agronomy, received the Department of Agronomy’s C.R. Weber Award for Excellence in Plant Breeding.

Amanda Zuercher (’16 ag and life sciences education) has been promoted to marketing supervisor with the Illinois Farm Bureau.

Logan Worden (’15 ag and life sciences education, ’19 MS) has been promoted to senior account manager with Cargill.

Joe Sweeney (’13 ag business), CEO of Eagle’s Catch, was featured in the Global Ag Network’s podcast Ag News Daily.


2000s

Jason Haegle (’06 agronomy, ag engineering, ’08 MS crop production and physiology), region agronomist for WinField United in Illinois and leader for the eastern United States WinField United agronomy services team, was selected as a 2020 CCA Soy Envoy by the Illinois Soybean Association and Illinois Certified Crop Advisers.

Brett Peelen (’04 agronomy), started his own business, 5th Gen Ag, in Primghar, Iowa.

Susie Woodward (’04 dairy science) and her husband, Michael; dairy farmers in New Zealand; were featured on a podcast by Radio New Zealand.

Sarah Roelfs (’02 ag studies) has been named interim senior director of development and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences unit lead for the ISU Foundation.

Stephanie Hansen (’02 animal science), associate professor of animal science, received the Mission Award for Teaching from the Iowa Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture.


1990s

Justin Akers (’97 ag business, ’08 MS ag and life sciences education) has been hired as the regional director for ISU Extension and Outreach region 23, serving Adams, Union, Taylor and Ringgold counties.

Michael Pugh (’96 animal science, ’99 MS, ’06 DVM); owner and operator of Westwood Embryo Services in Waverly, Iowa; received the Alumni Award of Merit from the Iowa Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture.

Rob Glick (’94 ag studies) and Amy Glick (’96 public service and administration in ag), farmers near Solon, were featured by Iowa Farmer Today.

Dan Thomson (’90 animal science, ’00 DVM), professor and chair of the ISU Department of Animal Science was featured in the Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman podcast.


1980s

Mike Gaul (’86 MS horticulture), CALS director of career services, received the 2019-2020 Honorary Member Award from the ISU Block and Bridle Club.

Mark Mueller (’81 ag business, ’87 agronomy), farmer near Waverly, was featured by the Iowa Corn Growers Association.


1960s

Larry Glick (’68 farm operation), farmer near Solon, was featured by Iowa Farmer Today.

Dan Netherton (’63 forestry), has published his seventh book, Thoughts and Commentary.


April 2020

2010s

Eric Coddington (’17 agronomy), farmer near Montello, Wisconsin, was featured by Successful Farming.

Celize Christy (’16 animal science, global resource systems) has been promoted to next generation coordinator with Practical Farmers of Iowa.

Christian Hempen (’16 animal science), operation analyst for Global VetLink, was featured on WHO Channel 13.

Ben Ferris (’16 ag studies), farmer near Iowa Falls, was honored with his family during the New York Stock Exchange opening bell on April 15, 2020.

Matt Romoser (’15 animal science, ’17 MS animal physiology) has been hired as the new ISU Extension and Outreach swine field specialist, serving southeast Iowa.

Molly Foley (’14 ag and life sciences education, public service and administration in ag) has accepted a position as the director of boards and commissions for the Office of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.

Bailey Morrell (’14 ag studies), associate brand manager for Certified Angus Beef, LLC; was selected as one of 10 professionals to participate in the 2020 Leaders of Tomorrow program hosted by the North American Meat Institute and FMI.

Ben Zelle (’14 ag business) has been promoted to aftermarket business analyst at John Deere.

Omar de Kok-Mercado (’13 agronomy, ’15 MS soil science), program coordinator in the ISU Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, received the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Professional and Scientific Outstanding New Professional Award.

Kevin Duerfeldt (’11 MS horticulture, ’15 PhD horticulture, sustainable ag), assistant teaching professor in the ISU Global Resource Systems Program, is a member of the Uganda Service Learning School Garden Program which received the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Team Award.

Kelsey Powell (’11 animal science, dairy science), academic adviser in the ISU Department of Animal Science, received the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Early Adviser Award.

Ryan Jardon (’10 ag systems technology), has been promoted to product marketing manager with John Deere.


2000s

Brock Ferris (’09 ag studies), farmer near Iowa Falls, was honored with his family during the New York Stock Exchange opening bell on April 15, 2020.

Lisa Smiley (’08 MS professional ag); owner of Cannon Valley Vineyard near Cannon Falls, Minnesota; was featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Catherine Swoboda (’08 agronomy, ’10 MS crop production and physiology), assistant teaching professor in the ISU Global Resource Systems Program, is a member of the Uganda Service Learning School Garden Program that received the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Team Award.

Scott Smalley (’06 ag and life sciences education, ’11 PhD), associate professor in the ISU Department of Agricultural Education and Studies, received the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Early Adviser Award.

Wade Dooley (’05 agronomy), farmer near Albion, hosted a virtual field day on his farm April 24, 2020, in conjunction with Iowa Learning Farms, the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group.

Dana Schweitzer (’05 ag business, ’14 MBA), program coordinator for the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium in the ISU Department of Entomology, was honored with a 2019 CYtation Award from the ISU Professional and Scientific Council.

Marna Yandeau-Nelson (’05 PhD genetics), assistant professor in the ISU Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, received the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Early Achievement in Teaching Award.

Mickie Deaton (’01 public service and administration in ag, ’15 MS education), academic adviser in the ISU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, was honored with the 2019 Woodin CYtation Award from the ISU Professional and Scientific Council.

Amy Brandau (’00 ag business, ’08 MBA), academic adviser in the ISU Department of Economics, received the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Learning Community Coordinator Award.

Carolyn Ihde (’00 horticulture, ’15 MS ag and life sciences education) has been hired as a University of Wisconsin Extension and Outreach ag educator for Crawford and Richland counties.


1990s

Matt Hersom (’95 animal science, ’99 MS) has been named Clemson University’s director of campus farms.

Kent Berns (’92 ag business), superintendent for ISU Research and Demonstration Farms, received the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Professional and Scientific Excellence Award.

Garland Dahlke (’91 animal science, ’94 MS, ’97 PhD), associate scientist for the Iowa Beef Center, received the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Achievement  in Extension and Outreach Award.

Daniel Thomson (’90 animal science, ’00 DVM), professor and chair in the ISU Department of Animal Science, was featured on the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine’s podcast, The Round Barn.


1980s

Brian Bormann (’87 ag business) has accepted a position as the site lead in Leland, Iowa for Gro Alliance.

Rex Hoppes (’87 animal science) has been named executive director of the Iowa Beef Industry Council.

Dale Gruis (’86 ag and life sciences education, ’00 MS) has accepted a role as a special education teacher at Woodward Academy.

Lee Burras (’81 agronomy, ’84 MS), professor in the ISU Department of Agronomy, is a member of the Uganda Service Learning School Garden Program that received the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Team Award.

Don Groth (’80 MS plant pathology, ’83 MS), plant pathologist with the Louisiana State University AgCenter, was part of the team that won a Rice Technical Working Group Distinguished Rice Research Team Award.


1970s

Brad Greiman (’78 ag and life sciences education, ’91 MS), associate professor in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Agricultural Education, Communication and Marketing, was inducted in to the Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame.

Richard Schultz (’65 forestry, ’68 MS, ’70 PhD), University Professor in the ISU Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, is a member of the Uganda Service Learning School Garden Program that received the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Team Award.

March 2020

2010s

Mitchell Hora (’17 ag systems technology, agronomy), owner of Continuum Ag, was featured by the Aberdeen News.

Cody Sacquitne (’15 dairy science, ’19 DVM), veterinarian with Veterinary Medicine Center in Williamsburg, was featured by the Kenosha News.

Herbert Dardano (’14 agronomy), owner of Macubana, was featured by the Iowa State Daily.


2000s

Jean Eells (’08 PhD ag and life sciences education), co-founder of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network and Iowa conservation educator; was featured by PBS NewsHour.

Brittany Tow (’07 ag studies) is opening Brit Marie’s Country Boutique in Marshalltown on April 4.

Vlad da Costa (’06 MS crop production and physiology) has joined the global product development team with AgriThority®.

Nina Richtman (’06 entomology, ’09 MS microbiology), program manager for National Alliance on Mental Illness-Iowa , was honored as a member of the Business Record‘s 2020 Forty under 40 class.

Jacob Handsaker (’04 ag studies), farmer near Radcliffe and co-owner of Hands-On Excavating, was featured in the Times-Citizen.

Sherry Hoyer (’03 MS ag and life sciences education), communications specialist for the Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa Beef Center, was featured by ISU Ag and Natural Resources Extension and Outreach.

Angela Shaw (’03 animal science, ’06 MS meat science, food science and technology), Iowa State University associate professor of food science and human nutrition, was honored as 2020 Woman of Achievement by the YWCA Ames-ISU on March 5

Patrice Bailey (’01 MS ag and life sciences education), assistant commissioner in the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, was featured by KSTP Channel 5.

Erik Heggen (’00 ag business) has been named chief executive officer of Stratas Foods.


1990s

Brian Hora (’95 farm operation), farmer near Ainsworth, was featured in the Aberdeen News.

Tedd Kruse (’93 ag business) has been named president of global milling business for the Archer Daniels Midland Company.


1980s

John Cheville (‘86 entomology), physician and professor of laboratory medicine and pathology for the Mayo Clinic, was awarded the Distinguished Clinician Award at the Mayo Clinic Annual Meeting in November.

Gene Bomgaars (’84 ag and life sciences education, ’86 MS), ag educators at Sheldon Community Schools, will retire after 25 years with the organization.

Kevin Muhlenbruch (’82 ag and life sciences education), program leader with North Iowa Area Community College, was honored with the 2020 Growing Hands Award from the Agribusiness Association of Iowa.


1970s

Charles Sloniger (’74 dairy science) received the 2020 Cattleman of the Year award from the Story County Cattlemen’s Association.

Silvia Cianzio (’70 MS agronomy, ’78 PhD), Iowa State University professor of agronomy, was honored as 2020 Woman of Achievement by the YWCA Ames-ISU on March 5.


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