Olson Begins Duties as Cass County Extension Program Coordinator


June 30th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Kate Olson, Cass Co. ISU Extension Pgm. Coordinator

Officials with Iowa State University Extension say Cass County native Kate Olson began her work as the Cass County Program Coordinator last week (June 20th).  Olsen replaces Bill Drey, who has been the shared Program Coordinator for Cass and Montgomery Counties for the past year and a half. Bill is retiring from his work with ISU Extension in Cass County effective July 1st. Olson’s position has fulltime responsibility for Extension programming in Cass County and bringing the resources and research of Iowa State University Extension to the local area.

The extension service says Kate comes to the position with a good background in agriculture and Extension work.  She is a graduate of Iowa State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science. Prior to coming to Cass County, she was employed as the County Program Coordinator in Shelby County. She also has a background in livestock production, communications and training, and is a former Cass County 4-H’er.

Kate, along with her husband Jon and two young children, live on a farm north of Atlantic.