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Matthew Breitzman is originally from Stillwater, MN. Spending time on his Grandpa and Uncles’ farm when growing up gave him a strong interest in agriculture. This background in agriculture led him to obtain his B.S.

Elizabeth Oys, senior in agronomy, has had many opportunities in her time at Iowa State, including traveling to Greece as well as being nominated as the student speaker for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Family Weekend.

Travis Lichtensteiger, a senior in agronomy, has traveled to 11 countries and plans to go back home to Ohio to farm with his family after college. His diverse experiences will help him with decision making on the farm.

Abby Kennon, senior in agronomy, has been involved in the ISU Good Earth Student Farm in many different aspects. She first found GESF through the student job board where she was looking for an opportunity that would allow her to work with organic fieldwork.

“Growing up in Iowa, it is pretty usual people assume that you want to work with row crops. On top of that, there can be a stigma around organic farming,” said Abby. “I used to have negative feelings for organic grown/raised products, but wanted to take the initiative to learn more.”

Austin Day, senior in agronomy, spent several months studying abroad in New Zealand this past year.

“I chose to study in New Zealand because I wished to learn about alternate forms of agricultural production and hoped to find methods that could improve our own,” said Austin.

Austin was able to take classes that fulfilled requirements in both his agronomy major and animal science minor. These classes included animal nutrition, animal production, and understanding plant protection.

Shannon Rauter, senior in agronomy and global resource systems, spent her summer in Mexico City in a Market Analysis position as an intern with the Global Trading Analytics Team of Cargill Agricultural Supply Chain North America.

Shannon is originally from New Jersey and decided to come to Iowa State specifically because of the agronomy program and because she received the Agronomy Academic Fellowship. Shannon toured a variety of land-grant universities and found Iowa State to have the strongest program, most welcoming environment, and the best scholarships.

Since Shannon interned with Cargill at a grain elevator in Ohio in 2018, Cargill helped her find an internship with a good fir that would help fill her international internship requirement.

Riley Wilgenbusch, senior in agronomy and global resource systems, spent his summer traveling the world. He visited Rome during May and through the beginning of June and then spent a week exploring central Europe. Riley then traveled to Uganda through the end of July.

Several students and faculty members were announced awards recipients through the Tri-Societies. They will be recognized at ceremonies during the Annual Meeting.

American Society of Agronomy:

Faculty:

Carl Sprengel Agronomic Research Award: Ken Moore

ASA Distinguished Service Award: Douglas Karlen

Students:

Travel Study Scholarship: Elizabeth Oys & Jack Pieper

J. Fielding Reed Scholarship: Katelyn Fritz

Greenfield Scholar: Blair Bennis

Soil Science:

Faculty:

Distinguished Service Award: Douglas Karlen

Students:

Golden Opportunity Scholars: Marjorie Hanneman, Jack Pieper, and Alyssa Swehla

 

The Agronomy Department hosted the Central Regional Crops Contest on Saturday, October 12th. Eighteen students from Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University and Iowa State University competed in three events: plant and seed identification, grain grading and seed analysis. 

The Iowa State team including Ted Hilgerson, Hannah Holdsworth and Ben Kolbe placed 2nd overall. Ben Kolbe also earned 5th place overall as an individual. Alternate team member Wyatt Westfall also competed. 

The team is coached by Dr. Mindy DeVries and Assistant Coach Andrew Blomme. Preparations are now underway for the National Intercollegiate Crops Contest events to be held in November. Thanks to Mindy Devries-Gelder for organizing, the Iowa Crop Improvement Association and the many volunteers for their support of the event.

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