Warmann begins duties as director of SDSU Extension Gerald W. Warmann began his duties June 2 as the new director of the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service.
He replaces Larry Tidemann, who retired in January and has been serving as acting director since then.
An agricultural economist, Warmann came to South Dakota from a position as northwest district director for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.
In his new position with South Dakota Cooperative Extension, he will provide leadership for the Extension/outreach functions of South Dakota State University's College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences.
"As an associate dean in the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences and director of South Dakota Cooperative Extension, Dr. Warmann will fill a key role in helping SDSU serve the citizens who depend on us for unbiased, science-based information," said Fred A. Cholick, dean of SDSU's College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. "I'm confident that his background, experience, and vision will continue to position the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service to make a difference for all South Dakotans."
Warmann said he's pleased to be part of SDSU's land-grant mission to serve the people of South Dakota.
"I continue to hear and read about the many good things happening in South Dakota," Warmann said.� "I am very pleased to be joining a team of
dedicated professionals who offer such a helpful and welcoming environment to me and to the clientele who rely on SDSU Extension for information and assistance. Our educators and specialists have a zeal for their chosen professional work."
SDSU Extension has offices staffed by Extension educators in every county of South Dakota, and has specialists on the SDSU campus and at the SDSU West River Ag Center in Rapid City.
SDSU Extension provides science-based information on such topics as plant science, animal and range sciences, dairy science, horticulture, climate, economics, and youth development/4-H for the people of South Dakota.
Before joining Oklahoma Cooperative Extension, Warmann worked as an agricultural economist for the Kansas Cooperative Extension Service. He also
worked previously as an economic adviser and Extension specialist for a Polish-American Extension project in Bielsko-Biala, Poland; as an ag economist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service; and as an Extension economist and assistant professor for Virginia Tech.
Warmann earned his doctorate in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University in 1984. His master's degree in agricultural economics and his bachelor's in economics are from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Warmann won an International Extension Award in 1993 from the Alpha Rho Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, a fraternity of Extension professionals.
He also won a 1992 leadership award, and was named outstanding teacher in 1986-87 by the Virginia Tech Undergraduate Agricultural Economics Club.
Warmann has written many research articles and Extension
publications on such topics as farm numbers, farm income, farmland values, and farm management.
Warmann is married to Carolyn L. Warmann, the head of the Access Services Department for Edmon Low Library of Oklahoma State University. They have one daughter, Emily, a mechanical engineer for Battelle in Columbus, OH.