I-29 Moo University Faculty

Tracey Erickson Portrait

Tracey Erickson

South Dakota State University
Extension Dairy Field Specialist

After developing a passion for dairy while growing up on a diversified dairy, livestock and crops farm in eastern South Dakota, Tracey continues to be involved with farming today with her husband and in-laws. With a double major in Dairy Production and Manufacturing, as well as a Masters in Human Resource Management, most of her career has been spent serving dairy producers and the agricultural community through SDSU Extension focusing on Human Resource Management and Safety Protocols, Quality Assurance Programs and Dairy / Livestock development and profitability.

Expertise:

Dairy production, Human Resource Management, Farm Safety Training Programs, Dairy & Livestock Nutrition, and Quality Assurance Trainer.

Phone: 605-882-5140

Email: tracey.erickson@sdstate.edu

Jennifer Bentley Portrait

Jennifer Bentley

Iowa State University
Extension Dairy Field Specialist

Jennifer Bentley is a Dairy Field Specialist for ISU Extension and Outreach in NE Iowa. Her base office is in Decorah, Iowa and she currently works and develops educational programming with producers in 10 surrounding counties. Jennifer grew up on a dairy farm in North Central Iowa, where the 3rd and 4th generation family is operating the dairy farm today. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dairy Science and Masters of Agriculture Degree both from Iowa State University. She works closely with dairy producers, providing them with information regarding facility design, calf management, and overall dairy herd management. She enjoys educating the public about modern dairy practices and plays an integral role in telling the Iowa Dairy Story, a program to educate consumers about the importance of the dairy industry in Iowa. Jennifer is married and has 2 children Owen (12) and Addison (10).

Phone: 563-382-2949

Email: jbentley@iastate.edu

Heidi Carroll Portrait

Heidi Carroll

South Dakota State University
Extension Livestock Stewardship Field Specialist and State BQA Coordinator

After working in various aspects of the livestock industries across South Dakota and even Beijing, China, Heidi has promoted responsible animal care and safe food products. She has a Masters Degree in animal science with an emphasis in ruminant nutrition. She handles a wide variety of topics concerning animal well-being and perceptions of livestock care practices

Expertise:

Low-stress livestock handling and behavior; Quality assurance trainer for BQA, BQAT, PQA, TQA, and SSQA; Consumer perceptions of livestock husbandry practices

Phone: 605-688-6623

Email: Heidi.carroll@sdstate.edu

Kim Clark Portrait

Kim Clark

University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Dairy Extension Educator

Kim Clark is a dairy extension educator at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) in the Animal Science Department.  She joined the faculty at UNL in July 2015.  Clark earned both her B.S. degree in Animal Science and her M.Ag. degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics with a minor in Agriculture Leadership from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.  Since 2016, Clark has served as chair for I-29 Moo University, a five-state dairy extension consortium.  Additionally, she also serves as a technical advisor for the Nebraska State Dairy Association.  Clark’s expertise includes calf care and animal welfare.  She is third-party auditor certified with PAACO in dairy and is a National Dairy FARM auditor.

Phone: 402-472-6065

Email: kimclark@unl.edu

Fred Hall Portrait

Fred Hall

Iowa State University
Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Specialist

Hall joined Iowa State University Extension in January 2017 as the dairy specialist for Northwest Iowa. He served as the Chickasaw County Extension Director for Iowa State University Extension from 2005 to July of 2009. Hall was the county lead on the Iowa Emergency Management Agency agricultural disaster team and served on the Iowa Extension Dairy Team. Hall is married to Sharon Lee and has two sons. Conor is a graduate of Iowa State University, served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is currently in law school at the University of Iowa. Cameron is a graduate of Iowa State University in Global Resource Systems and is currently the manager of the Poultry Research Center at Iowa State University. The family lives south of Orange City and are active Milking Shorthorn breeders and beekeepers.

Phone: 712-737-4230

Email: fredhall@iastate.edu

Maristela Rovai Portrait

Maristela Rovai

South Dakota State University
Assistant Professor/Extension Dairy Specialist

Dr. Rovai is a Veterinarian from Brazil with a MSc & PhD degree in Veterinary with emphasis in Animal Science (UAB-Spain). She had postdoc positions in USA (UW-Madison and E. (Kika) de la Garza American Institute for Goat Research-Langston University) and Europe (TUM in Germany and UAB-Spain) working in animal science with emphasis in mammary gland physiology and ruminant management. Dr. Rovai’s research activity has involved studies on the area of milk ability in dairy ruminants (goat, sheep, camels and cows), with a strong focus on milking technology, milk quality improvement, mastitis impact on technological properties of milk and cheese. Dr. Rovai has published more than 45 scientific and extension papers and has mentored graduate students in pursuing either their Master or PhD degree in Animal Science. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor / Extension Dairy Specialist at the Department of Dairy and Food Science at the South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. Dr. Rovai’s main responsibilities are to develop Extension programs for improvement of milk quality and assist dairy producers and industry personnel on workforce development and best production practices. She is also coordinating a program called “Semillas” – the Spanish word for seeds - designed to help Latino youth of dairy workers within the region to embrace their heritage and gain a sense of community while understanding the Dairy Industry. Dr. Rovai has the ability to assist dairy producers on developing farm protocols, educational trainings, which include hands on and assisting with farm employee meetings.

Expertise:

Lactation Physiology and Milk Quality; Employee Educational Training; Speaks fluent Spanish, English and Portuguese.

Phone: 605-688-5488

Email: maristela.rovai@sdstate.edu

Jim Salfer Portrait

Jim Salfer

University of Minnesota
Extension Educator-Dairy

Jim Salfer is a Regional Extension Educator – with University of Minnesota Extension. Jim has served in his present position for 22 years. Before that he managed a feed department, was a dairy nutritionist, a district sales manager for an AI company and managed a dairy farm. Jim has been involved on farm research projects studying robotic milking systems and automatic calf feeders. The focus of his education program has been to help farmers and other industry professionals understand the major factors driving dairy farm profitability and develop management strategies to improve profitability.

Phone: 320-203-6093

Email: salfe001@umn.edu

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Robert Tigner

University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Agricultural Systems Economist Educator

Tigner was born and raised on a small dairy farm near Fort Dodge Iowa. Tigner joined the US Navy in 1975 and served on active duty and reserve duty for 14 years. He operated a dairy farm near Fennimore WI before starting an Extension career. Tigner earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University’s Animal Science department majoring in Dairy Science. His Master of Science degree is from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in Agricultural Industries. Tigner is currently the Area Agricultural Systems Economics Educator. Tigner’s educational specialty includes crop marketing, computer decision aids, computer accounting, farm women’s financial and risk management education, crop cost and farmland leasing, farm transition and succession, employee management and farm bills as they are passed.

Phone: 308-696-6734

Email: Robert.Tigner@unl.edu

Leo Timms Portrait

Leo Timms

Iowa State University
Extension Dairy Specialist

Leo Timms is a Morrill Professor of Animal Science / Veterinary Diagnostics and Production Animal Medicine and Extension Dairy Specialist at Iowa State University. Leo was reared in NE PA and worked on his brother-in- laws 40 cow dairy. Leo received his BS degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural Engineering from Cornell University in 1978. Following 3 years as a herdsman on a 400-cow dairy in western NY, he returned to school and received a M.S. in 1982 and a Ph.D. in 1984 in Dairy Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He joined the Animal Science faculty at Iowa State in 1984. He has fostered many extension educational opportunities, many jointly with agri-business, and has conducted over 7000 individual farm troubleshooting visits and consultations. Leo co-developed the Dairy Production Medicine rotation at the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984 and has also developed courses in lactation biology, dairy troubleshooting, and distance education classes in nutrition, facilities, and biosecurity. Leo’s research has focused on mastitis prevention and therapy, milk quality, reproductive management tools, accuracy of milk component measurements, dairy housing, comfort and welfare, and using dairy records. Leo is married (37 years) and has 4 children Rob (35), Sam (33), Sadie (22) and Josh (19).

Phone: 515-294-4522

Email: ltimms@iastate.edu

Emily Wilmes Portrait

Emily Wilmes

University of Minnesota
Extension Educator-Livestock

Emily grew up on her family’s dairy farm near Le Sueur, Minnesota. She works for University of Minnesota Extension as an Extension Educator in Stearns, Benton, and Morrison counties. Her programming focuses on dairy, beef, and farm business topics, and her favorite topics to work with are milk quality/mastitis management and farm safety & health. She has a BS in Animal Science and a Masters in Agricultural Education from the University of Minnesota.

Phone: 320-255-6169 ext. 3

Email: krek0033@umn.edu