John Hammerly graduated in 2007 with his degree in Agronomy. He is now currently located in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he is the Soil Data Quality Specialist for the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Soil and Plant Division.
With his position, he serves as the Soil Survey Representative to an assigned area and he assures the technical quality of soil survey data. Tyler also coordinates the development and presentation of soil interpretations with the National Soil Survey Center (NSSC) and other technical soil scientists. He provides training and technical assistance to soil survey offices in all phases of soil survey for his assigned area.
Kirsten Backes is a recent 2017 graduate. She is now located in Woodland, California where she is an associate in the Production and Supply Development Program for Syngenta, a rotational leadership development programs for college graduates. Each rotation is one year long, and so far she has completed two of the three years. Kirsten’s first rotation was in Waterloo, NE in seed corn operations. Her second rotation is happening right now in Woodland, CA in vegetable production, and her final rotation will be in Slater, IA in seed production research and digital technology. Her job duties vary from site to site.
Staci (Schmitt) Osborn graduated from Iowa State in 2006 with her degree in Agronomy. She is currently located in Winthrop, Iowa where she is a Field Testing Agronomist for Bayer. Her primary job duties are planning, planting, scouting, and harvesting field trials around northeast Iowa. Staci enjoys the variety that comes with her job. Each day is different and the people that she works with can vary week to week which is a nice change of pace for her.
The Agronomy Department had lots of opportunities to be involved and with those opportunities, they led her to meeting new people. It also provided her the opportunities for speaking and working closely with professors.
Jacob Perkins graduated in May of 2016 and he is now located in South Central Minnesota, where he is a Retail Sales Representative with Syngenta. His primary job duties are working with and through local retailers to help growers make the best agronomic and financial decisions for their operations regarding crop production products.
What Jacob likes most about his job is that he has the ability to help a grower from the planning stages of their crops, through the growing season if changes are needed, and then finally at the end of the year. He also likes to see what kind of ROI their products are providing for growers.
Haleigh Summers is currently a Second Year Master’s Student at University Park in Pennsylvania, where she is a graduate research assistant. As a graduate student, she developed her own thesis research questions, hypotheses, and protocols for her two field experiments. She oversees all operations for those experiments and will be in charge of analyzing and writing the results to submit for possible publication.
She works closely with graduate students in other departments, so she is able to learn about more than just her own research. Haleigh also enjoys the ability to have a flexible schedule.
Tyler Reimers graduated in 2012 with his BS in Agronomy. He now resides in Denison, IA where he is an Assistant Agronomy Division Manager for Farm Service Cooperative. His job duties include managing all aspects of agronomy business that pertains to the cooperative, as well as procurement, pricing, and logistics of the products and services they provide. He also trains and supports the agronomy staff.
Tyler enjoys most that he helps their farmer members make intelligent agronomic and economic decisions that affect their business and livelihood by keeping up to date on the newest technologies and advancements within the industry, and also by implementing local experimental plots to test new products first hand.
Sarah Carlson (MS sustainable ag and crop production and physiology) was recognized as a leader in Iowa agriculture back in March. Sarah is the strategic initiatives director for Practical Farmers and was one of four recipients of the 2018 Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Leader Awards.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig presented Sarah with the Leadership in Conservation Award during an awards ceremony and dinner on March 6, with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in attendance. The award winners were recognized for their leadership, innovation and commitment to agriculture in Iowa.
Evan's experience in the Department of Agronomy gave him the knowledge and problem solving skills to successfully transition an entire team to a new precision agriculture, data management software.
"ISU gave me the knowledge and skills to understand the calculations and rewrite, tweak them so they would work in our new programs format," said Evan. "Through my many experiences at ISU, I was very comfortable presenting, training and educating my agronomy colleagues in their application of the new programs within our business and in support of our customers."
Evan M. is currently an advanced agronomy manager for Cooperative Elevator Company in Sebewaing, Michigan.
Angie Begosh got her masters through the MS Agronomy online program and applied that real-life application of scientific knowledge to the process of getting her PhD.
Recently finishing her PhD in zoology from Oklahoma State University, Begosh is a research scientist for the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation focused on the influence of land use and the Conservation Reserve Program on native invertebrate pollinator communities in Southern High Plains wetlands and uplands.
Made possible by the flexibility of the online master’s program.
“If it had not been for the program providing me the opportunity to pursue an advanced degree without having to be physically on campus, I never would have considered it,” said Begosh.
As a student Rachael Cox (BS ’09 and MS ’12) thought outside the box. Today she’s going for what she wants in Guatemala and launching a multi-national business, EarthEmpower. Echoing her time in Agronomy.
“When I came to ISU agronomy there wasn’t a path written out for people like me who were a little weird and wanted a little something different with their life,” says Cox. “But there were people who were ready to support me. I was encouraged to start organizations, organize conferences, build networks, and pursue big dreams. All of those activities are parallel to the daily life of a startup founder.”
After graduate school, Cox was hired by CIMMYT in Mexico to coordinate conservation agriculture research partnerships with national research organizations.