Alumni

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.

We had some visitors on Monday! Over 40 seventh graders from AGWSR (Ackley, Geneva, Wellsburg, Steamboat Rock) visited Agronomy Hall as part of a visit to Iowa State University organized by the North Central hub of IowaSTEM. The students learned about what we do here at agronomy, from wind turbines impact on agriculture to bioenergy to the change in global climate.

Using science to address food insecurity is Catherine Leafstedt’s passion. It’s a passion that’s driven her for the past four years and it’s one reason she’s been accepted to the University of Cambridge in England to pursue graduate school.

Leafstedt, who has a double major in agronomy and global resource systems, has had many internships and experiences both in the United States and around the world.

Our crops team traveled to the Kansas Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Crops Contest on Friday, March 9 in Manhattan, Kansas. Overall, the team placed second in the four-year division.

Individual placings:

2nd place - Joshua DeGroot

4th place - Daniel Feucht

6th place - Andrew Blomme

10th place - Elizabeth Widder

Iowa State junior Aimee Schulz is aiming to make a difference when it comes to global food security, and she's doing this through identifying ways to protect the genetic lines of indigenous maize. Or, what most of us refer to as corn.

Aimee took on an ambitious research adventure her freshman year in Assistant Professor Matthew Hufford's genetics lab at Iowa State to identify the human and environmental factors impacting indigenous varieties of maize in southwestern Mexico.

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