On-Farm Evaluation Team

On-Farm Evaluation Team

Meet the IFAC On-Farm Evaluation Team

Inquiries that come in through the Help Line or web site will be reviewed by an experienced, trained IFAC Executive Director who will determine the most appropriate course of action. If an inquiry requires further evaluation, the Executive Director may enlist the help of the On-Farm Evaluation Team listed below to ensure that appropriate animal care is being provided to the animals. The team will visit the animal owner, provide advice, access to resources, follow up and a confidential report to the owner of the animals.

Denny Harding, Executive Director

Denny Harding is the Executive Director of the Iowa Farm Animal Care (IFAC) Coalition. In this role, he manages and coordinates efforts that address concerns and questions regarding farm animal care in the state of Iowa. He currently serves on Iowa State University’s Department of Animal Science External Advisory Committee and is the Bio-Economy Manager at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.  Prior to joining Farm Bureau in 1999, Harding operated a corn and soybean farm in Calhoun County in which he is still involved.  He also served as director of value added agriculture for the Calhoun County Economic Development Corporation and was instrumental in the formation of the Agricultural Development and Promotion Foundation which serves North Central Iowa. 

Suzanne Millman, PhD, Associate Professor of Animal Welfare, Iowa State University

Dr. Suzanne Millman is an associate professor at Iowa State University (ISU) with a split appointment with the veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine and biomedical sciences departments. Millman leads a research program in food animal welfare, coordinates animal welfare instruction within the DVM curriculum and provides expertise in animal behavior and welfare for producers, veterinarians and the public. Prior to coming to ISU, Millman was faculty at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph Canada for five years, where she now holds an adjunct appointment.

Anna Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor, Animal Behavior and Well-Being, Iowa State University

Dr. Anna Johnson is an associate professor of animal behavior and well-being at Iowa State University (ISU). She joined the ISU faculty in 2005 and has created a successful behavior research lab. Johnson’s research focuses on farm animal behavior and welfare in conventional and alternative production systems. Prior to joining ISU, Johnson was the director of animal welfare for the National Pork Board and was instrumental in the development of the Swine Welfare Assurance Program, designed to help producers track welfare on their farms.

IFAC On-Farm Evaluation Team Species Specialists

  • Dairy — Dr. Jan Shearer, Dairy Extension Veterinarian
  • Beef — Dr. Grant Dewell, Beef Extension Veterinarian
  • Poultry — TBD
  • Pork — Chris Rademacher, Swine Extension Veterinarian

Iowa Farm Animal Care (IFAC) Advisory Committee

Bill Northey - Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
Tom Colvin - Executive Director, Animal Rescue League of Iowa
Dr. David Schmitt - State of Iowa Veterinarian
Jerry Dunbar - Iowa State Sheriff and Deputy Association President