Joshua Michel joins ISU Extension and Outreach as a field agronomist after working at the Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm. While at the farm he was responsible for coordinating corn and soybean field studies that included planting, harvesting, tillage and pest management. Michel also took part in several field days and classroom events to educate area farmers and industry representatives on current research and best practices. Prior to working at the Muscatine Island Research Farm, Michel worked for DuPont Pioneer in Johnston, Iowa, for five years overseeing irrigation and fertilizer operations for greenhouses and growth chambers.
Michel served in the Iowa Army National Guard earning the rank of Sergeant First Class. While in the military, Michel served as a senior military intelligence analyst and earned superior ratings in leadership training and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals and the Iowa Commendation Medal.