AMES, Iowa – Agriculture and natural resources have a lot in common and Kaycie Waters, the new Natural Resources Specialist at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is eager to explore the ways the two intersect.
Waters, who grew up in a farming family in Arizona, began her role in natural resource extension on September 24. She previously worked in 4-H Youth Development with ISU Extension and Outreach.
Half of his job will be helping run the Master Conservationist program in Iowa, and the other half will focus on new programs related to wildlife, water, and forestry.
“The real purpose of this position is to create programming that has what counties need in order to deliver that programming on the ground,” she said. “I also work with county staff to share their ideas with others in the state because they really are the ones who have the knowledge on the ground.”
Waters received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in Renewable Natural Resources and Wildlife Conservation, where she also received her master’s degree in agricultural education.
She grew up raising dairy goats, and her family has a long history of producing lettuce – a popular crop grown in southwestern Arizona near Yuma.
She looks forward to the opportunity to help the people of Iowa improve their understanding of the state’s natural resources, while promoting conservation and sharing the university’s research.
“I love this extension that links higher education with fieldwork,” she said. “It’s a good bridge between the university and the individual, for things that might otherwise seem a little intimidating to some. “
Adam Janke, assistant professor of ecology and natural resource management and wildlife extension specialist at Iowa State University, said he was excited about the new ideas and energy Waters brings to extension, which includes experience working with a National Wildlife Agency, a private consulting firm, and most recently the Iowa 4-H program.
“His professional training in the natural and social sciences will be a real asset to our team as we seek to find ways to help people manage natural resources like water, wildlife and forests on behalf of all. Iowians alive today and future generations, ”Janke said. . “I’m especially excited to see what Kaycie is doing with the Master Conservationist program as we move into a new phase of growth with this program in partnership with the 100 Iowa County Extension Offices.
Today, more than 400 people have completed the program in partnership with 35 counties. Waters and Janke hope to work with these 400 graduates and the next 400 to continue building a strong Iowa.
For more information, Waters can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shareable photo: Kaycie Waters.