Posted on September 11, 2020 at 8:41 AM by Global Reach
Joe Sellers spent 31 years with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach before retiring in 2018. He served as a beef specialist serving 16 counties in south central Iowa.
Growing up in southern Iowa, Joe was a long time 4-H member and even served on state 4-H council. He went on to graduate from Iowa State University with a degree in Animal Science. He later received a master’s degree, also from Iowa State University,in ag education.
Joe’s longtime career in extension established him as a national leader in grazing and forage management education. He also took the time to develop future beef industry and agriculture professionals by mentoring young Extension staff members and establishing a summer internship program for college students at the McNay Research Farm.
Joe’s professional role also allowed him to spend his summers supporting youth programs. He spent countless hours working with 4-H and FFA youth at carcass shows.This was one way he could share his knowledge on production practices and management.He was also a 4-H sheep superintendent at the Iowa State Fair for more than 20 years, helping thousands of kids with their sheep projects.
Upon retirement from Iowa State, Joe has filled his time by continuing the work on the family farm. He and his wife, Cindy, live in Lucas County.