Dale Thoreson, ISU Extension Dairy, Beef and Forage specialist, will retire January 31st, 2010 from ISU Extension after serving the agricultural community for 37 years. There will be an open house on Sunday, January 31, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., St. James Lutheran Church, 421 N. Main St., Allison, to visit with Dale and wish him well in his retirement.
Dale started with ISU Extension in January, 1972, as the Butler County Extension Director. Prior to Extension, Dale received his bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University in 1969, worked for Hormel and served in the military before receiving his Masters degree from Oklahoma State University in 1972. In 1992, Dale became the area dairy, beef and forage specialist for ISU Extension. Dale and his wife Linda have made Allison, Iowa, their home since 1972. They have two children, John and Mark and two grandchildren.
Dale is one of the most renowned dairy specialists in Iowa and the Upper Midwest. He has been awarded the Ralph Keeling Leadership Award for his contributions to the Iowa dairy industry, the ISU Extension Distinguished Service Awards and many other accolades recognizing his service and expertise as an extension educator.
There will be no “program” at Dales’ retirement open house as he wishes to spend time visiting with the public and friends. Cards, letters of memories/appreciation, can be sent to Mr. Kay Connelly, 5025 Bluebell Road, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613. If further questions, contact (319) 267-2707.