Jay D. Harmon

Jay D. Harmon

  • Associate Dean, Extension Programs and Outreach
  • Director, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension
Dr. Jay Harmon, P.E. is the Director of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and Associate Dean for Extension Programs and Outreach in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University. In this role, he oversees agricultural Extension programs conducted throughout the state of Iowa. This includes 10 Plan of Work teams, 43 field specialists, approximately 50 faculty and 60 staff. He has been in this role since April, 2017.

He is a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and an extension livestock housing specialist at Iowa State University. In his role as a faculty member he conducted extension programs and did research on ventilation, air quality, facility design and other areas related to the swine industry. He also taught wood structures, capstone design and animal facilities courses at various times in his career.

Dr. Harmon, who is originally from Indiana, holds degrees from Purdue, Minnesota, and Virginia Tech. He is a licensed professional engineer. He is also a member of the Rural Builders Hall of Fame and a Fellow in the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. He has held a position at Iowa State University since 1993 and worked at Clemson University from 1989-1993


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132 Curtiss Hall
513 Farm House Ln.
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  • Ph.D. Agricultural Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1989
  • M.S. Agricultural Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1986
  • B.S. Agricultural Engineering, Purdue University, 1984

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