ISU, Crawford welcomes new beef specialist to the area
By Greg Forbes,
Iowa State University Extension recently welcomed a new face to the
Chris Clark will now serve
Clark, a graduate of Albia High School, grew up around cattle on a Monroe County farm and spent some of his youth exhibiting livestock in 4-H.
"Cattle is in my family. My dad had beef cattle and I have two uncles back in Albia that still have beef cattle,"
His love and passion for animals propelled him to pursue a career as a veterinarian. He graduated from
Before his return to
Earlier in the summer,
"I took it for a variety of reasons,"
He continued that the Extension job provides an invaluable opportunity to combine his interest of education and teaching abilities with his love and knowledge of beef cattle.
He conducts the majority of his research responsibilities at the Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis. There, he has the opportunity to care for cattle and also compare research findings between different studies.
Though both capacities require different work styles,
"I've learned a lot about nitrate levels in corn and the toxicity of it in cattle,"
Clark admitted he hasn't gotten an opportunity to visit
"It's fun to just be able to talk about beef cattle and to beef producers every day,"
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