BROOKINGS - Amanda Bachmann and Roger Ellis recently joined SDSU Extension as Field Specialists, pending approval from the Board of Regents.
Bachmann will serve as the SDSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Field Specialist and will be based out of the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Pierre. Ellis will serve as the SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Field Specialist and will be based out of the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Aberdeen.
"We are excited about the wealth of knowledge these two Field Specialists bring to our team," said Rosie Nold, SDSU Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources Program Director.
Bachmann is from Pennsylvania and recently completed a Ph.D. in Entomology at Penn State. She has research experience working with diseases like Cucumber Mosaic Virus and has worked with Master Gardener programs.
"Amanda's entomology expertise will be invaluable in developing educational programs that help gardeners deal with pest issues. Her enthusiasm is contagious and will greatly enhance our outreach and programs," Nold said.
In her role as SDSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Field Specialist Bachmann will provide programming for home gardeners and answer their plant and pest questions. She will work with community gardens and Master Gardener programs and provide horticulture and entomology content for iGrow.org. Bachmann will also incorporate her entomology and vegetable experience into many upcoming projects.
Ellis brings several years of experience as a practicing veterinarian in Nebraska to his new role as the SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Field Specialist. Ellis has several years experience working with feedlots as a practicing veterinarian. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1979 and his Masters of Veterinary Sciences - Beef Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Along with private practice, he has also served as an Assistant Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia and Colorado State University; where he also served as the Extension Veterinarian.
"We are excited about the wealth of experience Dr. Ellis brings to the Feedlot Field Specialist role," said Nold. "His many years of working with feedlots and other producers through his veterinary practice give him practical insight to many of the challenges facing producers. Combined with his recent extension experience in Colorado, he will soon become a recognizable face to those with interests in cattle feeding."
In his role as SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Field Specialist, Ellis will develop and provide educational programs and training in feedlot management, provide resources and services to aid feedlot managers, the feedlot industry, and those interested in starting cattle feeding. Ellis will also collaborate in research and education with SDSU Extension Field Specialists and animal science faculty. In addition, he will aid in the development of a feedlot benchmark and institute data bases which will guide the growth and advancement of South Dakota beef cattle feeding and marketing.