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Each year Dr. Wiedenhoeft’s Agronomy 110 class of freshmen have the opportunity to paint pumpkins for Northcrest Community in Ames, a retirement community where many emeritus professors live.

Agronomy students chose who they painted their pumpkins for from a list of names. Once selected, students also learned about the resident’s interests, such as chess, pizza, or Iowa State, which made the pumpkins even more personalized to residents. Many pumpkins were painted on Tuesday, October 15.

The pumpkins were then delivered to Northcrest Community residents by students and Dr. Wiedenhoeft. The residents were very thankful for the painted pumpkins and they will surely provide joy to residents throughout fall.

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.

On Monday, October 7 in Bessey Hall, students had the opportunity to network with industry professionals from several companies at the I'm An Agronomist Career Mixer. Bayer Crop Science, Corteva Agrisciences, J.R. Simplot Company, MaxYield Cooperative, and WinField United attended the mixer.

Massive networks of drains, pipes and tiles that enable food production on much of the world’s most productive cropland are due for expansion and replacement to meet the demands of agricultural intensification and climate change. How that infrastructure is updated will have enormous consequences on food production and the environment, according to a new study.

FMC has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, FMC will have a representative on the ISRC’s industry advisory council, which provides guidance on research priorities for the center.

“We are delighted to have FMC become the newest industry partner of the Iowa Soybean Research Center and to join the center’s industry advisory council,” said Greg Tylka, director of the Iowa Soybean Research Center and a professor of plant pathology and microbiology at Iowa State. “Their support of the center’s research portfolio and the perspective and direction they will provide on the advisory council are most welcomed.”=

Next Tuesday, October 8 from 9 am to 3 pm the Lied Recreation Center will be filled with organizations from across the Midwest as well as hopeful students searching for internships and jobs. The CALS Career Day is the largest career fair of its kind in the country. Career Day can be a little intimidating when it is student's first times attending. There are various tips and tricks that are likely to make the day go smoother when stepping into such a large fair.

Leah Philipp, sophomore in agronomy from Manchester, Iowa is one of two of the Department of Agronomy's peer mentors.

"I came to Iowa State because I originally wanted to study genetics in agriculture as I wanted to give back to the farming community that helped me become the person I am, and I knew Iowa State had an awesome ag program," said Leah. "At orientation, I realized I wanted to work more directly with farmers instead of in a research lab, so I changed my major to agronomy, and honestly, that was the absolute best decision I ever made."

Every school year, the department looks forward to students returning to campus to start back up one of their favorite traditions, the popcorn and doughnut stand in agronomy hall.

The Agronomy Club at Iowa State sets up a stand across from the commons to sell popcorn and doughnuts every Friday, starting early in the morning.

Junior in agronomy Ben Kolbe is currently the sales co-chair alongside Tyler Simons. “Before being co-chair I worked the stand every Friday,” Kolbe said. “My favorite part of working the shift is getting to see and talk with students and faculty that I might not get to see otherwise because they aren’t in any of my classes.”

Kolbe also explained that all of the funds from the popcorn and doughnut stand go directly back to the club, supporting activities such as Experience Agronomy and SASES.

Senior in agronomy Tyler Flak had the opportunity to spend his summer as an agronomy intern at CNH Industrial.

Tyler spent his time both in the office and field. In the office, he worked on field data, background reading, and presentation. When he was in the field he collected data and helped setup experiments.

Tyler's favorite part of his internship was traveling to Kentucky to work on farm trials.

By being in agronomy classes at Iowa State, Tyler learned to have an open mind and was also exposed to different crop production, such as wheat, that he found to be very helpful. He also had experience from past internships working with sprayer application that provided him with a good background for being an agronomy intern.

The Iowa Crop Improvement Association has pledged $1.5 million to Iowa State University’s feed mill and grain science complex.

Iowa Crop Improvement Association’s gift was announced earlier this month, during the groundbreaking ceremony for the $21.2 million project, which will be located on university-owned land south of Highway 30 in Ames. 

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