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Lundy named new IBC program specialist

By Staff | Sep 25, 2015

AMES (IBC) – Two and a half years ago, Erika Lundy began working at the Iowa Beef Center as an Iowa State University graduate student focusing on feedlot nutrition.

Eight weeks ago she started working for IBC as the center’s new extension program specialist. She said she is excited to put her education and experience to work.

“This position will allow me to collaborate with our field specialists, stakeholders, leaders and producers to identify industry and producer needs, to develop new and enhance current extension educational programs,” Lundy said. “As a young producer myself, I can bring some of my own production questions to the table and work on fresh ideas to ensure that both the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa’s beef industry continue to thrive.”

Lundy grew up near Adair on a diversified family farm with cattle, corn, soybeans, and hay production, including 230 cow-calf pairs and a 100-head feedlot operation. She attended ISU where she received a bachelor’s degree in animal science with a minor in agricultural business, and a master’s degree in animal science with a focus on feedlot nutrition. As an undergrad, she had internships with the Iowa Beef Industry Council and a feed company, and worked in a ruminant nutrition lab, all of which expanded her interest in beef nutrition. Her grad school experience included an extension assistantship with IBC and research focused on feeding new generation distillers grains.

“During a time of volatile feed prices, characterizing novel feedstuffs like these new generation products can aid in our understanding of how they can fit into finishing diets,” she said. “During the past few years I’ve helped with planning programs using this info, and have presented sessions on distillers grains, carcass quality and grazing management to a variety of audiences.”

IBC Director Dan Loy said the Iowa beef industry is well positioned for sustainable growth well into the future, and Lundy will help facilitate the center’s efforts.

“Erika brings background and expertise in both cattle feeding and cow-calf sectors, and is well prepared to support current programs and develop leadership in new exciting projects,” he said.

Lundy said she looks forward to increasing her knowledge and understanding of vital components of the state’s beef industry, and to sharing that knowledge with others.

“For the time being, I’ll be more of a general beef industry information source and hopefully serve as an asset to other members of our team, so we can be a resource for frontline industry information delivery,” she said. “I would like to get involved with program planning and producer education, especially in the areas of forage production and management, animal well-being and fostering young and beginning producers.”

She said this position allows an opportunity for personal and professional growth, and to increase the visibility and value of IBC.

“I am very excited to join an already very successful team in establishing strong relations with beef producers across the state,” said Lundy. “Our aim is to supply producers with the latest science based resources to help the Iowa beef industry strive for sustainable and profitable growth.”

Lundy can be reached at (515) 594-9881 or: ellundy@iastate.edu.

The IBC office is located at 313 Kildee Hall on the ISU campus in Ames.

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