The Iowa Beef Center (IBC) at Iowa State University has a new director, and chances are good you've already met him. Dan Loy, who led IBC in an interim capacity for two years, was named permanent director this spring by his predecessor John Lawrence. In 2010, Lawrence left the IBC director position to become the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences associate dean for Extension programs and director of ISU Extension for agriculture and natural resources.
Lawrence says the decision to name Loy as director was an easy one. "Dan has the experience and the expertise to lead the center," Lawrence says. "His willingness to work with faculty, staff, students and producers to make Iowa's beef industry efficient and profitable is valuable, and his reputation among beef industry colleagues is highly regarded."
Loy is just the third director for the center, which began in 1996 through a legislative mandate. He joined the ISU faculty as extension beef specialist in 1982, and has been involved in a variety of research, teaching and extension opportunities since then.
"John's legacy of 12 years of leadership at IBC gave us a sound foundation and I realized I had some big boots to fill," Loy says. "Two years later, I can say those boots have traveled a few miles and are well broken in. I've learned that we have a great team of ISU faculty and staff members who are determined to do the best job we can."
Loy says Lawrence and vice president for ISU Extension Cathann Kress have encouraged cooperation and collaboration with internal and external groups and organizations, and that's a big part of what makes IBC successful in spite of recent budget challenges and staff reductions. "We decided that through teamwork and innovation the center could continue to be responsive to the needs of Iowa's beef industry," Loy adds. "But we haven't done it alone. We've succeeded through partnerships. It's those organizations, companies and agencies that have worked with us that have helped us move forward and better serve our constituents."
Loy says IBC will continue to build the resources and partnerships necessary to bring cutting edge research based information to the Iowa beef industry, and he welcomes comments, questions and suggestions. "Feel free to give us a call at 515-294-BEEF or drop an email to [email protected]. I encourage you to get to know the ISU Extension beef program specialist in your area," he says. "You can check our website, www.iowabeefcenter.org, or contact your county extension office to find your specialist."
"Personally, the boots have been polished and resoled. I, along with the rest of the faculty and staff of the IBC, are in it for the long haul, and we look forward to working with you," says Loy.