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In March of 2021, a decade of hard work and persistence paid off as Katherine Frels moved back to Lincoln and into the field, not as a graduate student but as the first female small grains breeder in University of Nebraska history.

AMES, Iowa — Despite catastrophic damage to the aircraft flown by Donald T. Griswold Jr. during the Battle of Midway, he did not retreat.

Griswold was born July 8, 1917, to Don Griswold Sr. and Margaret North Griswold in Bryan, Texas. Five years later the family returned to Griswold Sr.'s home state of Iowa to a farm in Amity Township outside Clarinda. Griswold Sr. became the Page County Extension agent.

Growing up on a farm and as the son of an extension agent, Griswold’s childhood was tied to agriculture. While attending Clarinda High School, he participated in 4-H vocational agriculture clubs. Griswold and his brother North brought home medals from the county agricultural fair in 1933 for their raised market hogs.

Name: .Elizabeth ChristensonElizabeth Christenson

Hometown:  Sheboygan Falls, WI

Major and Graduation Date:  Agronomy & Animal Science, May 2018

Drainage water recycling (DWR) is a drainage management system designed to capture water during wet periods so it can be used later when growing crops are thirsty.

Versions of DWR have been around for years, but adoption has remained limited. Now, interest is growing as the practice is recognized for its potential to improve water quality and help farmers reduce risks from weather volatility.  

Research underway by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center (INRC) and the Iowa Soybean Association is analyzing drainage water recycling’s costs and benefits, with funding from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the INRC and the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture.  

Dewayne L. Goldmon (’91 PhD agronomy)
Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Photo of Dewayne Goldmon

Students in agronomy have a wide variety of unique career opportunities to pursue post-graduation. Jessie Hilby is an excellent example of an individual that went out of her comfort zone to take on a career to help communities out.

Jessie Hilby graduated in May of 2020 with her bachelor's degree in agronomy. She is currently working as the Gleaning Coordinator at Feed Iowa First. Her position is within the AmeriCorp 4-H Iowa Produce Gleaning Program.

Name: Jennifer Jensen

Hometown:   Des Moines, Iowa

Major(s) and Graduation Date:  Biology, Environmental Science & Agronomy, May 2016

Favorite ISU class:  AGRON/ENSCI 360 Environmental Soil Science (really anything with Dr. Burras)

Company:  Sustainable Environmental Consultants

Job Title & Company:  Manager of Sustainable Practices & Environmental Analytics

Allie Wise graduated from Iowa State in May 2016 with her B.S. in Agronomy and since has found herself in the position as a Field Agronomist for Pioneer Seeds in Southeast Minnesota.

Allie originally worked as a Local Pioneer Sales Representative, which led her to the opportunity to apply for her current field agronomist position.

Regarding her day-to-day, it varies a lot especially during different times of the year.

Tony Moellers, 2017 Iowa State University graduate with a double major in Agronomy and Seed Science and minor in Agricultural Business, is a Territory Manager for Mycogen Seeds, which is the retail-focused seed brand of Corteva. He manages the Mycogen corn and soybean business for 10 counties in Northwest Iowa.

As Territory Manager, no two days are alike for Tony. One day he is evaluating product performance and the next he is in strategy meetings with Mycogen’s retail partners. “Ultimately our goal is to work with our partners in identifying opportunities to grow our businesses together,” said Tony.

Originally posted on MaxYield Cooperative's From the Field blog. Photos by Greg Latza

Having a job and having a career you love are two very different things- Colby Kraninger, an agronomy specialist trainee at MaxYield Cooperative, prefers the latter. That’s why, after working for MaxYield Cooperative part-time and as an intern, he returned for a full-time opportunity in the agronomy department. A 2014 Okoboji High School and 2019 Iowa State University graduate, the Milford-native built his post-secondary plans around the goal of working for MaxYield Cooperative.

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