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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

Fred M. Hall

Bachelor of Science in Dairy Science, 1981; Iowa State University, Ames Iowa

A former Chickasaw County Extension Agent, I returned to Iowa in January to fill the North West Iowa Dairy Specialist position.

I was raised on a dairy farm near Fort Dodge, showed Holsteins  in 4-H, graduated in Dairy Science from Iowa State University and was a familiar face at dairy shows across the Midwest as a photographer and cattle fitter.

I served as the Chickasaw County Extension Director for Iowa State University Extension from 2005 to July of 2009, when Extension agent positions were eliminated as a cost cutting effort in Iowa Extension.

I then migrated to Texas and served as the County Agricultural Agent in Wichita County from 2009 to 2013 and Williamson County from 2013 to 2015 before accepting that position in the Tarrant County at Fort Worth. In Texas, I has served on regional livestock and livestock mentoring program development committees, Earth-Kind Living Development Committee, 4-H Photography publication committee and the district dairy judging, horse show and shooting sports committees plus served on the originating board of the Texas Master Bee Keeper certification program. In addition, I served on the Central Texas Animal Issues Committee (RAIC), several FFA advisory boards and the research animal treatment review board for Midwestern State University. Currently I contributes to the eXtension dairy, bee and horticulture programs.

I will work closely with dairymen in developing more processing capability and enterprise financing plus dairy youth programing. “Over the years I have specialized in non-traditional programs that met the needs of citizens, from resource management and disaster response to new enterprise development; with every program driven by the needs of producers”.

I am married to Sharon Lee Hall and  have 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 Studies and is currently the manager of the Poultry Research Center at Iowa State University.


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