Extension-oriented Centers/Initiatives/Facilities

Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium

Chair/Director Name: 
Dana Schweitzer, Program Coordinator
Phone: 
(515) 294-9227
E-mail: 
monarchs@iastate.edu
Mission: 
The consortium is a community-led organization that seeks to enhance monarch butterfly reproduction and survival in Iowa through collaborative and coordinated efforts of farmers, private citizens and their organizations.
Mailing Address: 

2310 Pammel Drive
339 Science II
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011

Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and Outreach

Abbreviation: 
ANR
Chair/Director Name: 
Jay Harmon, Interim Director
Phone: 
(515) 294-7801
E-mail: 
jharmon@iastate
Mission: 
ANR Extension and Outreach plays an important role in providing research-based information and resources to educate Iowa’s farmers, producers and agribusinesses. Its programs impact all Iowans, whether they live in a rural or urban area, and have been developed to improve their quality of life.
Mailing Address: 

132 Curtiss
513 Farm House Ln
Ames, IA 50011-1054

Iowa Grain Quality Initiative

Abbreviation: 
IGQI
Chair/Director Name: 
Charles Hurburgh, Professor-in-charge
Phone: 
(515) 294-8629
E-mail: 
tatry@iastate.edu
Mission: 
This interdisciplinary project performs the "rapid response function" at ISU for the grain industry. Through diverse expertise of affiliated faculty and the use of information technology, the project addresses grain production and processing topics quickly, giving producers and agribusinesses information to make business decisions. Challenges related to genetically modified grains have accelerated the use of alternative delivery systems.
Mailing Address: 

3167 NSRIC
1029 North University Boulevard
Ames, IA 50011-3611​

Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute

Chair/Director Name: 
Ruth MacDonald, Interim Director
Phone: 
(515) 294-3308
E-mail: 
tkmartin@iastate.edu
Mission: 
Goals of the institute include conducting research to develop new cold-hardy grape varieties that can thrive in the Midwest; conducting wine & wine making research; developing a wine quality award program that will provide wine buyers a quality-assurance stamp of approval; establishing an outreach program to the industry; and partnering with community colleges to develop job-training programs specific to growing grapes and making wine.
Mailing Address: 

2312 Food Sciences Building, Ames, IA 50011-1061

Iowa Pork Industry Center

Abbreviation: 
IPIC
Chair/Director Name: 
Jason Ross, Director
Phone: 
(515) 294-4103
E-mail: 
ipic@iastate.edu
Mission: 
The center promotes efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintains Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthens rural development efforts.
Mailing Address: 

109 Kildee Hall,
Iowa State University,
Ames, IA 50011-3150

Iowa Beef Center

Abbreviation: 
IBC
Chair/Director Name: 
Dan Loy, Director
Phone: 
(515) 294-2333
E-mail: 
beefcenter@iastate.edu
Mission: 
The center enhances the vitality, profitability and growth of the Iowa beef industry.
Mailing Address: 

313 Kildee Hall,
Iowa State University,
Ames, IA 50011-3150

Community Vitality Center

Abbreviation: 
CVC
Chair/Director Name: 
Mark A. Edelman, Director
Phone: 
(515) 294-6144
E-mail: 
cvc@iastate.edu
Mission: 
Its mission is to serve as a catalyst for innovative projects and initiatives designed to improve the vitality of Iowa communities. The center assesses and encourages best practices for stimulating entrepreneurship, philanthropy and rural-urban policy studies leading to actions that help stimulate the economic vitality of communities and rural areas. The center also facilitates networking among small and medium size rural communities, sponsors policy analyses, engages communities in dialog and fosters discussion among rural and urban interests.
Mailing Address: 

183 Heady Hall, Ames, IA, 50011-1070

Beginning Farmer Center

Chair/Director Name: 
David Baker, Director
Phone: 
(877) 232-1999
E-mail: 
bfc@iastate.edu
Mission: 
The center coordinates educational programs and services for beginning farmer efforts statewide. It assesses the needs of beginning and retiring farmers; develops, coordinates and delivers targeted education to beginning and retiring farm families; as well as provide programs and services that develop skills and knowledge in financial management and planning, legal issues, tax laws, technical production and management, leadership, sustainable agriculture, human health and the environment.
Mailing Address: 

Beginning Farmer Center, 10861 Douglas Avenue, Suite B, Urbandale, IA 50322

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