Mr. Joseph M Hannan

Field Specialist III
Joseph Hannan

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Field Specialist Joseph M. Hannan supports the Local Foods Industry and is tasked with developing a regional extension education program for Iowa’s commercial fruit and vegetable producers.  His expertise is in Commercial fruit and vegetable production including small fruits, tree fruits, and vegetables; soil fertility; irrigation; high tunnel production; and food safety.  His goal is to increase the quality, quantity, and safety of produce entering the local market. 





Iowa State University

Commercial Horticulture Field Specialist

  • Develop a regional extension education program for Iowa’s commercial fruit and vegetable producers with emphasis on research, education, and outreach. 
  • Develop, deliver, and evaluate educational programs derived from needs assessment primarily focused around vegetable production in high tunnels, Produce Safety Alliance curriculum, apple production, and small fruit production.
  • Edits and contribute content for websites, podcast, newsletters, and social media.
  • Coordinate beginning farmer and apple peer groups.
  • Provide leadership and subject matter support to local, state, and regional teams.
  • Diagnose, consult, and provide technical assistance to Iowa farmers in the field and remotely.
  • Build partnerships and networks across the Midwest region.
  • Mentor new employees.

Agriculture Specialist                                                                                                   

  • Work as a team to: bulk produce corn, soybeans, snap beans, and melons; conduct fruit, vegetable, and commodity crop research and demonstrations; promote the farm and research projects through field days, newsletters, and a website.
  • Hire and supervise part-time employees and interns as well as coordinate vineyard employees to successfully complete farm projects.
  • Maintain a clean, organized, and functioning farm and equipment.
  • Manage the research vineyard at offsite location.
Roscommon Berry Farm
  • Owner/operator of small wholesale strawberry farm.
French Family Farms
  • Production Manager for small wholesale tomato farm                                                                                                                    
Area of Expertise: 
Fruit and vegetable production
food safety
M.S. Horticulture. Iowa State University
+1 515 993 4281
28059 Fairground Rd