Class Notes

February 2024

2020s

Lindsay Peters (’23 MS animal physiology) has been hired as an extension specialist for the Iowa Pork Industry Center.

Kara Jeffrey (’23 animal ecology, biology) joined Reef Relief as a spring 2024 conservation intern.

Karen Van De Walle (’20 MS agricultural and life sciences education) was featured in a story published by Waverly Newspapers about the increasing number of female agricultural education teachers and FFA advisors.

Matthew Schroeder (’20 agricultural and life sciences education, ’21 MS) was named one of seven finalists for the Golden Owl Award.

Casey Allen (’22 agricultural and life sciences education) was named one of seven finalists for the  Golden Owl Award.

2010s

Cody Smith (’18 agricultural and life sciences education) was featured in an Indiana University article about his efforts to tackle environmental challenges.

Carlton Ness (’12 agricultural and life sciences education, ’20 MS) was named one of seven finalists for the Golden Owl Award.

2000s

Erin Brenneman (’04 animal science) has been appointed to the National Pork Producers Delegate Body.

Jen Sorenson (’01 animal science) has been appointed to the National Pork Producers Delegate Body.

Patrice Bailey (’01 MS agricultural education and studies) was featured in a Farm Progress article about the unique perspective he brings to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Ashley Wolfe (’06 MS agricultural and life sciences education) was named one of seven finalists for the Golden Owl Award.

John Daniels (’07 agricultural and life sciences education) was named one of seven finalists for the Golden Owl Award.

Amber Greiman (’03 agricultural and life sciences education, ’17 MS) was named one of seven finalists for the Golden Owl Award.

1990s

David Hill (’96 agricultural and life sciences education) will begin as Waverly-Shell Rock Community School District’s superintendent July 1, 2024.

Doug Houser (’93 agricultural systems technology) accepted a role as a digital ag extension specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Ryan Pudenz (’96 animal science) has been appointed to the National Pork Producers Delegate Body.

Susan Kaaria (’90 MS economics) was featured in a University World News Africa Edition article about her work as director of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development and efforts to support and encourage women involved in agricultural research.

John Zimmerman (’95 animal science) was elected to serve as the 2024 National Turkey Federation chairman.

1980s

Kevin Cooper (’83 agricultural and life sciences education) received the Golden Apple Award for his work as Nevada High School’s agriculture teacher and FFA advisor.

Gregg Hora (’82 farm operation) has been appointed to the National Pork Producers Delegate Body.

David Moody (’85 animal science) has been appointed to the National Pork Producers Delegate Body.

Dean Frazer (’87 agricultural studies) has been appointed to the National Pork Producers Delegate Body.

Steven Kerns (’81 animal science) has been appointed to the National Pork Producers Delegate Body.

Todd E. Wilson (’86 animal science) has been appointed to the National Pork Producers Delegate Body.

Barb Lemmer (’82 agricultural and life sciences education, ’04 MS) was named one of seven finalists for the Golden Owl Award.

1970s

Dennis Liljedahl (’75 animal science) has been appointed to the National Pork Producers Delegate Body.

Jamie Schmidt (’78 CT farm operation) has been appointed to the National Pork Producers Delegate Body.

Mark Meirick (’79 agricultural business) has been appointed to the National Pork Producers Delegate Body.


January 2024

2020s

Taylor Lekin (’23 agricultural and rural policy studies) accepted a role as a marketing and program development coordinator for American Feed Industry Association.

Jenna Vander Heiden (’23 agricultural business) started a new position as a marketing rep – ISG Test Farm at John Deere.

Grace (Hansen) McAfee (’20 agricultural and life sciences education) has been hired as the new community wellness coordinator for Cass County, Iowa.

Madelynn (Cornell) Wuestenberg (’23 MS agricultural meteorology) has been appointed the agricultural climatology specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Will Taylor (’21 MS animal science) has joined Iowa State University’s Department of Animal Science as an assistant teaching professor and the livestock judging team coach.

Harrison Furlow (’21 animal science) has accepted a role as manager of state pork industry relations with the National Pork Producers Council.

2010s

Stephanie Carlson (’13 animal science) started a new position as assistant vice president of state and national relations for the National Pork Producers Council.

Preston Poots-Jacobsen (’14 agricultural and life sciences education) has joined Corteva Agriscience as marketing communications manager.

Jared Morse (’14 agricultural business) was promoted to senior credit officer at CoBank.

Emily (Flory) Carolan (’14 agricultural business) has taken on a new role as home designer for Kelly Building Systems.

Haley (Hillyard) Kerr (’17 animal science) joined Sustainable Environmental Consultants as a livestock specialist.

Bailey Morrell (’14 agricultural studies) joined the National Pork Board Team where she will take on the channel market development manager role.

Stuart McCulloh (’13 agricultural and life sciences education) began a new position as crop adjuster at AgriSompo North America.

Michael Dolch (’13 agricultural and life sciences education) joined Ag Processing Inc. as director of government affairs.

2000s

Adam Gittins (’03 agricultural business) purchased High Tech Solutions for Agriculture (HTS Ag) in Harlan, Iowa, and will assume the role of president of the precision agriculture technology dealer.

Mark Licht (’00 agronomy, agricultural extension education, ’03 MS soil science, ’15 PhD crop production and physiology) has been named the new associate chair for Extension and Outreach in Iowa State University’s Department of Agronomy.

Lorilee Schultz (’07 agricultural business, economics) has joined the Dairy Girl Network board of directors.

Devin Mogler (’08 agricultural business, economics) started a new role as senior vice president of corporate and investor relations at Green Plains Inc.

1990s

Eric Boeck (’93 animal science, dairy science) was featured in a Q&A published by Successful Farming about his role as regional director, North America Seeds for Syngenta.

Suzanne Shirbroun (’91 agronomy, pest management) was featured in an Iowa Soybean Association article about her thoughts as president of the ISA board, looking ahead to the association’s 60th year.

1980s

Zita Quade (’85 agricultural journalism) joined the Iowa Water Center in November as a Research Administrator.

Jeff Kaisand (’89 animal science, ’93 DVM) was named a 2023 Honorary Master Pork Producer by the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

1970s

Wayne Fredericks (’73 animal science) was presented the Legacy of Leadership Award from the Iowa Soybean Association.

1960s

Marv Holtkamp (’63 farm operation) and his wife, Sue, were named to the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s 82nd class of Master Pork Producers.


December 2023

2020s

Mickayla Jordan (’23 agricultural communication) received the Rookie of the Year award from the Iowa Soybean Association.

2010s

Ben Covington (’12 agricultural systems technology, ’13 MS industrial and agricultural technology) received the Programming Innovation Award from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Levi Powell (’12 agricultural systems technology, ’14 MS industrial and agricultural technology) received the Programming Innovation Award from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Sarah Tweeten (’15 agricultural and life sciences education) was named the winner of the Iowa Farm Bureau’s Discussion Meet.

Matthew Burt (’12 agricultural business) received one of Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2023 Young Farmer Leadership Awards.

Elizabeth Burns-Thompson (’11 agricultural business, international agriculture) accepted a position as vice president of external affairs at Landus.

2000s

Patrice Bailey (’01 MS agricultural education and studies) was named to the Twin Cities Business 100 for 2024.

Kellie Blair (’06 forestry, agronomy) was one of four women who received the Women Impacting Agriculture Award from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

1970s

Tom Grau (’72 animal science) has accepted the role of member development and support specialist with Storm Lake United.


November 2023

2010s

Cara Haden (’10 animal science, ’14 DVM) received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Zack Peppmeier (’18 animal science) was featured by Farm Journal’s Pork Business as part of its Up & Coming Leaders feature.

Curtis Behrens (’11 animal ecology) has been appointed as the new director of Tama County Conservation.

Hayley Williams (’17 food science) accepted a new position as a food scientist at Cargill.

Carter Oliver (’15 forestry, animal ecology) received the County Professional Excellence in ANR Programming Award from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Bryan Whaley (’11 MS agricultural and life sciences education) has been named the new chief executive officer of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.

2000s

Larry Sadler (’02 animal science, agricultural business, ’09 MS animal physiology, ’13 PhD biomedical sciences) received the Lorraine J. Hoffman Graduate Alumni Award from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Brittini Brown (’09 MS industrial and agricultural technology) was appointed associate vice president for student engagement and dean of students for Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

1980s

Earl McAlexander (’80 agricultural and life sciences education, ’97 MS) was part of a team that received the Outstanding Team Award from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

1960s

Peter Hoffman (’67 MS animal science, ’69 PhD) was inducted into Conrad Weiser High School’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.


October 2023

2020s

Harley Butler (’22 environmental science) graduated from the Land Stewardship Leadership Academy offered by ISU Extension and Outreach.

Zach Nie (’22 forestry) graduated from the Land Stewardship Leadership Academy offered by ISU Extension and Outreach.

Benjamin Porepp (’20 agronomy) graduated from the Land Stewardship Leadership Academy offered by ISU Extension and Outreach.

Joy Van Wyngarden (’20 agricultural and life sciences education) graduated from the Land Stewardship Leadership Academy offered by ISU Extension and Outreach.

Austin Waters (’22 forestry, animal ecology) graduated from the Land Stewardship Leadership Academy offered by ISU Extension and Outreach.

2010s

Miranda Baer (’13 animal ecology) accepted a new role as senior academic advisor at Purdue University’s School of Mechanical Engineering.

Amanda Cole (’19 environmental science) graduated from the Land Stewardship Leadership Academy offered by ISU Extension and Outreach.

Brittany Decker (’18 agronomy) graduated from the Land Stewardship Leadership Academy offered by ISU Extension and Outreach.

Ben Zelle (’14 agricultural business, management information systems) has been promoted to tactical sales manager of the Eastern Region USA for John Deere.

Nate Dobbels (’12 agricultural and life sciences education, international agriculture) received the W. Robert Parks Honors Commendation award from the Iowa State University Honors Program.

2000s

Justin Bisinger (’09 animal science, ’14 MS environmental science, nutritional sciences) graduated from the Land Stewardship Leadership Academy offered by ISU Extension and Outreach.

Carolyn Ihde (’00 horticulture, ‘15 MS agricultural and life sciences education) is the new Small Ruminant Outreach Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension.

Antoine Alston (’00 PhD agricultural education and studies) was featured alongside his daughter, Kayla, in a Triad City Beat article about their family’s multigenerational involvement in agriculture.

Nicholas Paulson (’02 agricultural systems technology, ’04 MS economics, ’07 PhD economics) received the Hobart R. and Marian Gardner Hinderliter Endowed Professor in Farm Management at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

1970s

Dave Drennan (’75 agricultural journalism) received the 2023 Thomas Jefferson Leadership and Service Award from the Missouri chapter of the National Association of Benefits and Insurance Professionals.

1960s

Fred Sick (’65 animal science, ’74 DVM veterinary medicine) was named the 2023 Iowa Veterinarian of the Year by the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association.


September 2023

2020s

Grace Howe (’22 agricultural and rural policy studies) began a new role as director of communications and policy for the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association.

Emily Campbell (’20 agricultural studies) accepted a role as an agribusiness instructor at Des Moines Area Community College’s Ankeny campus.

Carlie Miller (’23 animal science) was featured in an article in the Waverly Newspapers about her hopes of being selected in a national contest to sing the National Anthem at the National Finals Rodeo.

Jenna Vander Heiden (’23 agricultural business) has accepted a position with John Deere’s marketing development program.

Marjorie Hanneman (’21 agronomy, genetics) was recently named a 2023-2026 FFAR Fellow.

2000s

Madeline Schultz (’03 agricultural business, economics) received a Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

Ben Slinger (’08 industrial technology) and his family were honored with a 2023 Iowa State Fair Way We Live Award.

Brian Swart (’01 agronomy, ’04 MS crop production and physiology) was appointed to the position of president-elect on the Iowa Soybean Association’s executive committee.

Martha Smith (’04 agricultural business, international agriculture) received the 2023 Emerging Iowa Leader Award from Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

1990s

Suzanne Shirbroun (’91 agronomy, pest management) was elected to serve as president of the Iowa Soybean Association.

Brent Renner (’98 agricultural studies) was appointed to the at-large position on the Iowa Soybean Association’s executive committee.

1970s

Ted Funk (’72 outdoor recreation services) was named one of the 2023 Distinguished Alumni honorees by the Osage Education Foundation.


August 2023

2020s

Alyssa Rosenbaum (’22 culinary food science, horticulture) received the Center for Produce Safety’s 2023 Professional Development Program Award.

2010s

Matie George (’12 animal science, ’14 MS) started a new role as a formulation and pricing specialist for Ridley Feed Ingredients.

Sam Showalter (’14 agricultural studies) has joined the Iowa Soybean Association board of directors and will serve a three-year term.

Justin Bahr (’16 agricultural business, international agriculture) received the Early Career Award from the American Society of Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers.

Tyler Walters (’14 animal ecology) has been named the manager of Lake Wapello State Park near Drakesville, Iowa.

Joshua Henik (’10 agronomy, ’12 MS crop production and physiology) received an Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award at the Iowa State Fair.

Mitchell Hora (’17 agricultural systems technology, agronomy) received an Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award at the Iowa State Fair.

2000s

Corey Goodhue (’07 industrial technology) will serve a three-year term on the Iowa Soybean Association board of directors.

Tahnee Szymanski (’00 animal science) has been selected to serve as the new Montana state veterinarian.

Zack Smith (’02 agronomy) received an Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award at the Iowa State Fair.

Lacey Luense (’07 MS genetics) was featured in an AgriLife Today article about the research she’s conducting as an assistant professor in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Animal Science to determine how male behaviors and the environment affect offspring in livestock.

1990s

Sharon Chism (’91 agricultural business) has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Iowa Soybean Association board of directors.

Perry Corey (’91 agricultural studies) and his wife, Stacy, received an Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award at the Iowa State Fair.

Mike Paustian (’98 microbiology) received an Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award at the Iowa State Fair.

Jarrett Smith (’97 agricultural business) received an Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award at the Iowa State Fair.

Todd Thilges (’94 agricultural studies) and his wife, Angie, received an Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award at the Iowa State Fair.

1980s

Dave Schlitter (’80 agricultural business) has accepted a position as retail sales supervisor at Woodford Lumber and Home in Clear Lake, Iowa.

Brian Hora (’85 farm operation) received an Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award at the Iowa State Fair.

Lori Ryner (’86 agricultural business) and her husband, Dan, received an Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award at the Iowa State Fair.

1970s

Paul Kassel (’78 horticulture, agronomy, ’81 MS crop production and physiology) will serve a three-year term on the Iowa Soybean Association board of directors.

Randy Petersen (’70 AA technical agriculture) received an Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award at the Iowa State Fair.

Leland Searle (’72 agricultural journalism) received an Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award at the Iowa State Fair.

1960s

Ron Stutsman (’63 agricultural business) was named an Iowan of the Day for the 2023 Iowa State Fair by the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products.


July 2023

2020s

Rachel Blum (’22 agricultural studies) is serving in a new role as a summer assistant with the Greene County Extension Office.

Taylor Kluesner (’21 agricultural and life sciences education) started as the Dubuque County Outreach coordinator for Iowa Farm Bureau.

Zach Petersen (’22 agricultural systems technology) was featured in a Cyclones.com story about he and his family’s involvement on Iowa State’s football team.

2010s

Cassie Jones (’12 PhD nutritional sciences) is the recipient of the 2023 Mark and Eva Gardiner Innovation and Excellence Faculty Award.

Jenna Gehring (’16 agricultural and life sciences education, public service and administration in agriculture) began a new position as industry marketing leader/northwest region at FORVIS.

Andrew Lauver (’12 agricultural studies) joined Farm Journal as director of business development, trust in food.

Macy Marek (’19 agricultural and life sciences education) started a new position as Pioneer corn product marketing manager at Corteva Agriscience.

Garett Onstot (’19 global resource systems, animal science) began a new role as regional sales representative at Anatomage Inc.

Rachel Owen (’13 global resource systems, agronomy) joined Land Core as a senior policy advisor.

Tory Mogler (’14 agricultural business, economics) was promoted to toll risk manager at Cargill.

Mitchell Hora (’17 agricultural systems technology, agronomy) was featured in an Iowa Farmer Today article about the business he started.

Sarah May (’18 animal science) was named 2023 Coach of the Year by the Madison City Chess League.

2000s

Courtney Knupp (’07 agricultural business) has been elected to serve as a member of the Iowa State University Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Martha Smith (’04 agricultural business, international agriculture) has been elected as an officer of the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Melea Licht (’00 public service and administration in agriculture, ’05 MS agricultural and life sciences education) began a new position as assistant director of communications at Iowa State University’s Parks Library.

Pierce Paul (’03 PhD plant pathology) has been appointed professor and chair of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Plant Pathology.

1990s

Laura Greiner (’96 animal science, ’99 MS, ’01 PhD animal nutrition) has been named director of Iowa State University’s Iowa Pork Industry Center.

1980s

Wendy Wintersteen (’88 PhD entomology) will serve as secretary/treasurer on the Big 12 Board of Directors.

1960s

Marshall Martin (’66 agricultural business) was named Indiana’s Honorary Master Farmer recipient, an award presented by Indiana Prairie Farmer and the Purdue College of Agriculture.


June 2023

2020s

Mikayla Spinler (’21 animal science) received the 2023 Larry Corah Graduate Student Award from the Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.

Megan Cady (’21 agricultural and life sciences education) has joined Iowa Corn as the new District 6 field manager in eastern Iowa.

Ross Cady (’21 international agriculture, agricultural business) is the new sales account manager at Distynct.

Nick Halbur (’21 agricultural studies) started a new position as account manager at Growers Edge.

Trentin Moeller (’22 agricultural business) accepted a new role as retail product agronomist at Brevant Seeds.

Zoey Dinkla (’20 agricultural studies) has been named the producer education director for the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

Mollee Patten (’21 agricultural studies) started a new position as business manager for Midwest Market Management, Inc.

2010s

Cassie Jones (’12 PhD nutritional sciences) was named an outstanding mentor to undergraduate researchers at Kansas State University.

Jonathan Campbell (’12 PhD meat science, food science and technology) has received the 2023 Distinguished Extension and Industry Service Award from the American Meat Science Association.

Mitchell Hora (’17 agricultural systems technology, agronomy) was featured in a Farm Journal AgWeb article about his business that has helped improve soil health conditions on his farm, as well as those of others’.

Erica Lain (’17 animal science) accepted a position as a sustainable systems agronomist at Bayer.

Colin Hurd (’13 agricultural studies) was featured in a story in the Iowa Stater magazine about his work using autonomous technology in agriculture.

Wesley Schweer (’13 animal science, ’15 MS, ’18 PhD) has joined Cargill Animal Nutrition as a swine nutritionist.

2000s

Christie Wiebbecke (’00 agronomy, ’11 PhD plant breeding) accepted a position with the Iowa Soybean Association as senior director of research.

Lesa Vold (’00 animal science) received an ACE Rising Star Award from the Association for Communication Excellence.

1990s

Larkin Powell (’92 MS animal ecology) has been named director of the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

1970s

Jerry Chizek (’79 agricultural and life sciences education, ’83 MS) was featured in an article in The Messenger about his lifelong career as an educator.


May 2023

2020s

Katherine Rasch (‘22 agricultural studies) started a new position as a customer support specialist at NEW Cooperative, Inc.

Hannah Spies (’21 agricultural business) has joined TELUS Agriculture and Consumer Goods as a member of its agribusiness marketing team.

Abbie Van Raden (’21 animal ecology) was hired as the new state technician for Keokuk County Soil and Water Conservation District/NRCS office in Sigourney, Iowa.

Riley Wilgenbusch (’20 global resource systems, agronomy) earned his master of science in public health degree in international health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Cynthia Farmer (’21 agriculture and society, dairy science) began a new position as farm policy associate at the Center for Rural Affairs.

2010s

Eric Jones (’15 agronomy, ’18 MS crop production and physiology) has been hired as the new weed management specialist for South Dakota State University Extension.

Angelica Van Goor (’16 PhD genetics) was presented the Alumni Award of Merit from Gamma Sigma Delta, the Iowa Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture.

Rachel Farr (’19 biology) was featured in an Oklahoma State University article about her journey to becoming a veterinarian in the Army Veterinary Corps.

Lindsay Stoaks (’13 MS agricultural and life sciences education) has been named interim president of Southwestern Community College.

Dan Schaben (’14 agricultural studies) began a new position as area business manager at AgriGold.

Matthew Burt (’12 agricultural business) was named one of the 2023 Young Farmer Leadership Award recipients by the Iowa Farm Bureau.

Heidi Ackerman (’13 agronomy, ’16 MS soil science, agricultural and life sciences education) received the Early Achievement in Learning Community Coordination award from Iowa State University’s Learning Communities.

Megyn Dirks (’19 agricultural and life sciences education) was recently promoted to social media manager for Woodruff.

Charlie Kreis (’14 agricultural business) started a new position as rail fleet analyst at Cargill.

Brian Castro (’14 nutritional science, global resource systems) earned his master’s in foreign service from Georgetown University.

Molly Severn (’14 agricultural and life sciences education, public service and administration in agriculture) has advanced to the role of deputy chief of staff in the Office of Governor Reynolds, State of Iowa.

2000s

Cheryl Morris (’02 MS animal science, animal nutrition) received the Mission Award for Research from Gamma Sigma Delta, the Iowa Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture.

Ben Drescher (’05 agricultural and life sciences education) was presented the Regents Award for Staff Excellence by the Iowa Board of Regents.

Eric Underbakke (’01 agricultural biochemistry) received the James Huntington Ellis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Introductory Teaching from Iowa State University. He also was presented the Learning Communities Outstanding Innovations Award from Iowa State University’s Learning Communities.

Kirk Haaland (’06 industrial technology) was part of the CIRAS Manufacturing 4.0 Team that received the Award for Achievement in Economic Development in Iowa from Iowa State University.

Patrick Wall (’01 animal science, ’03 MS) was presented the Professional and Scientific Excellence Award from Iowa State University.

Steve Jonas (’01 horticulture) and Nicole Jonas (’02 horticulture) were featured in an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach article about their participation in Annie’s Project and how the program helped them grow their business.

Brent Hales (’00 PhD rural sociology) will become the new associate vice president for research and Cooperative Extension at the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Brittni Brown (’09 MS industrial and agricultural technology) was featured in a story on Iowa State University’s College of Engineering website.

Scott Smalley (’06 MS agricultural and life sciences education, ’11 PhD) was named the 2023 Distinguished Agriculture Teacher Educator by the American Association for Agricultural Education.

Amy Brandau (’00 agricultural business) received Learning Communities Outstanding Innovations Award from Iowa State University’s Learning Communities.

1990s

Justin Ewalt (’99 animal science) and his wife, Jamie, were featured in an Iowa Farmer Today article for their success in using social media to advertise their farm-based beef business in Tabor, Iowa.

Kyoungjin Yoon (’95 PhD microbiology, immunology and preventative medicine) received the Award for Achievement in Intellectual Property from Iowa State University.

Garland Dahlke (’94 MS animal science, ’97 PhD) was presented the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Extension or Professional Practice from Iowa State University.

1980s

Jim Jordahl (’82 farm operation, ’91 MS agronomy) received the Professional and Scientific Outstanding New Professional Award from Iowa State University.

Rich Wrage (’84 agricultural and life sciences education, ’98 MS) was presented the R.K. Bliss Extension Award from Iowa State University.

Kendall Lamkey (’85 PhD agronomy) received the Learning Communities Faculty Engagement Award from Iowa State University’s Learning Communities.

1970s

Douglas Ware (’75 MS animal science, ’76 PhD) was presented with the Distinguished Achievement in Agriculture Award from Gamma Sigma Delta, the Iowa Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture.

Russ Euken (’79 animal science, ’88 MAG professional agriculture) received the Award for Distinguished Service in Extension and Outreach from Iowa State University.


April 2023

2020s

Grace Reineke (’22 horticulture) was featured by the Denison Bulletin-Review for the floral business, Mill Creek Flower Farm, she recently established near Dunlap, Iowa.

Maddy McGarry (’20 international agriculture, agricultural and life sciences education) was named the 2023 U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen.

2010s

Laura Cunningham (’10 agricultural business) was featured in an Iowa Farmer Today article highlighting her involvement in agriculture.

Nichole Wilson (’18 animal science) was inducted as the alumni advisor for Sigma Alpha, Delta Chapter, at Iowa State University.

Rylee Triggs (’19 agriculture and society) began a new position as digital marketing specialist at Precision Planting.

Conrad Pannkuk (’16 horticulture) was hired as a sales representative for PBI-Gordon Corporation.

2000s

Nicole Jonas (’02 horticulture) was featured by KCCI Des Moines for how the training she received through Annie’s Project, a nationwide program to empower women in agriculture, helped her find success in her horticultural crop business, Red Granite Farm.

Brent Flander (’01 agronomy) has joined PBI-Gordon Corporation as national account manager.

Huaijun Zhou (’02 PhD animal breeding and genetics, animal science, ’03 MS bioinformatics and computational biology) was featured in an Alumni Spotlight article on Iowa State University’s Department of Animal Science webpage.

1980s

Mike Gooder (’80 horticulture) and his wife, Rachel, received the Iowa State University Outstanding Horticulture Alumni of the Year Award.

Mitchell Hoyer (’80 animal science, ’81 agricultural and life sciences education) has been named the interim 4-H Youth Development state program leader with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

1970s

Rachel Gooder (’79 horticulture) and her husband, Mike, received the Iowa State University Outstanding Horticulture Alumni of the Year Award.

1960s

William Crawford (’69 dairy science) was recognized for 50 years of service as a Mason.


March 2023

2020s

Ryan Calvert (’21 agricultural and life sciences education) accepted a position with DICK’S Sporting Goods as a marketing manager.

Mason Ohnemus (’21 agricultural business, finance) recently joined Principal Financial Group as a portfolio analyst – global asset allocation.

Brianna Powell (’21 agricultural business, international agriculture) was named the recipient of the 2022 Top New Local Member of the Year Award from JCI Iowa.

Cheyanna Sheaffer (’22 horticulture) was featured by The Oskaloosa Herald for the floral shop she recently opened in Pella, Iowa, called The Timeless Tulip.

2010s

David Bruene (’13 agricultural studies) was selected for the Professional & Scientific Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award from Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Nate Dobbels (’12 agricultural and life sciences education, international agriculture) received the Professional & Scientific Learning Community Coordinator Award from Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He also received the 2023 Outstanding Advisor Award from the National Professional Agricultural Student Organization.

Elizabeth Ripley (’11 agricultural business, economics) was part of the Iowa Learning Farms and Water Rocks! team that received the Team Award from Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Marcie Fahn (’14 international agriculture, economics, agricultural business, ’16 MS sustainable agriculture, economics) was presented the Dean’s Citation for Extraordinary Contributions to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences award at Iowa State University.

Beth Foreman (’12 PhD agricultural and life sciences education) was presented the Dean’s Citation for Extraordinary Contributions to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences award at Iowa State University.

Joe Wheelock (’14 sustainable agriculture, entomology) accepted a position as program manager – Heartland Tree Alliance at Bridging the Gap.

Brittney Carroll (’12 agricultural and life sciences education) has begun a new role as district director for U.S. Congresswoman Ashley Hinson.

McKinzie Flanagan (’15 animal science) was featured in a Big Rapids News story, highlighting her work as the animal control officer for the city of Dubuque.

Dan Doeing (’13 agricultural and life sciences education, ’18 MS) began a new position as an agricultural educator and FFA advisor at Puyallup School District.

Ashley Lusk (’14 animal science) has been promoted to sales account executive at Elanco.

2000s

Brady Stewart (’02 agricultural systems technology) was named group president of fresh meats at Tyson Foods.

Elizebeth Logsdon (’06 agricultural studies, ’08 MS agricultural and life sciences education) and her husband, along with another couple, have started a new business, Legends Farm and Lawn, in Centerville, Iowa.

Scott Smalley (’06 MS agricultural and life sciences education, ’11 PhD), associate professor at Iowa State University, was named a Golden Owl Award finalist.

Stephanie Hansen (’02 animal science) received the Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award from Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Jason Ross (’00 animal science) was selected for the Outstanding Achievement in Extension and Outreach Award from Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Patrick Wall (’01 animal science, ’03 MS) received the Professional & Scientific Excellence Award from Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Mark Licht (’00 agronomy, agricultural extension education, ’03 MS soil science, ’15 PhD crop production and physiology) was part of the Iowa Learning Farms and Water Rocks! team that received the Team Award from Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Marna Yandeau-Nelson (’05 PhD genetics) was presented the Rossmann Manatt Faculty Development Award from Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

David Kwaw-Mensah (’05 MS soil science, ’08 PhD agricultural and life sciences education) received the Raymond and Mary Baker Agronomic Excellence Award from Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Michael Fritch (’00 agronomy) started a new position as a sales agronomist at VERBIO North America.

Jamee Eggers (’02 animal science) started her own boutique consulting company, Rafter J Consulting.

Mark Knauer (’02 agricultural and life sciences education, ’06 MS animal breeding and genetics) received the 2023 North Carolina Pork Council’s Award for Excellence in Innovation.

1990s

Debbie Barkela (’97 agricultural and life sciences education), vocational agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Belmond-Klemme High School, was named a Golden Owl Award finalist.

Anthony Mahama (’98 PhD plant breeding, agronomy) received the Distance Education Teaching Award from Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Craig Morris (’92 animal science) was named one of the 100 most influential executives in the global seafood industry by IntraFish Media.

Todd Loecke (’91 agricultural studies) has been appointed to the new role of head of key accounts for Syngenta.

Todd Wiley (’91 animal science, agricultural and life sciences education) was featured by Wallaces Farmer for the farrow-to-finish operation he and his wife, Denise, run near Walker, Iowa.

1980s

Jim Russ (’83 agricultural and life sciences education), high school agricultural education teacher at New Hampton High School, was named a Golden Owl Award finalist.

Jim Jordahl (’82 farm operation, ’91 MS agronomy) received the Professional & Scientific Outstanding New Professional Award from Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Leon Schumacher (’87 agricultural and life sciences education) was featured in a story on Iowa State University’s College of Engineering website about his belief in the importance of engineering for agriculture.

John Lawrence (’84 animal science, ’86 MS economics) received the 2023 Iowa Master Farmer Exceptional Service award.

1970s

Craig McEnany (’79 agricultural and life sciences education) was presented the Dean’s Citation for Extraordinary Contributions to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences award at Iowa State University.

Warren Dick (’77 MS agronomy, ’80 PhD) was featured by Ohio’s Country Journal for his efforts in establishing the Bethel Environmental and Agricultural University and Training Center in Woliso, Ethiopia, to teach farmers about agricultural production.

Tom Hoegemeyer (’74 agronomy) was presented the Ag Achievement Award from the Nebraska Corn Board.

Mike Telford (’76 animal science) received the Paulson-Whitmore State Executive Award from the National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board.

John Fischer (’75 farm operation) and his wife, Mary, were honored as a 2023 Iowa Master Farmer.

1960s

Dale Netherton (’63 forestry) recently published his 14th book, “The Random Universe.”

John Miranowski (’66 agricultural business) was presented the Dean’s Citation for Extraordinary Contributions to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences award at Iowa State University.


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