Growing up in a farming community in Lincoln, Argentina, Hernan Torres Pacin has always had an interest in agricultural production. Although his family doesn’t farm, Hernan’s interest in agriculture arose as he helped out many friends and their families on their crop and livestock operations. Hernan is visiting Iowa State University as part of a 4-month internship under the guidance of Dr. Sotirios Archontoulis, Associate Professor in the Department of Agronomy. Hernan is an undergraduate student from Facultad de Agronomia, Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina.

This summer, junior in Agronomy, Tess Kern interned with Corteva Agriscience. She served the Corteva team as an Integrated Field Science Intern. Her internship was located in Johnston, Iowa, which is right outside of Des Moines. In her position, she spent time collecting data and maintaining plots and crops with efficacious insect traits. She also had a research project that she was working on throughout the summer. She was responsible for collecting and updating all of the data necessary for her project. 


Kira Rieck, a junior in Global Resource Systems, spent her summer in Boone, IA interning with the Iowa State University BioCentury Research Farm as an Undergraduate Researcher. The Iowa State University BioCentury Research Farm is the first-in-the-nation integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing. Biomass includes lignocellulosic crops, crop residues, and grain. It is internationally recognized as the home of cutting-edge bioeconomy science and engineering.

Alli Harms, junior in agronomy, spent her past summer in Milford, Iowa, with Cooperative Farmer’s Elevator as an Agronomy Sales Intern. Each day was different throughout her internship. A couple of things she focused on were crop scouting, tissue and nitrate sampling, and attending meetings and plots. A few of her other responsibilities included putting up field signs, training, working on field trials, transporting materials to growers, and flying the drone.

This past summer, senior in agronomy, Brooke Beinhart, had the opportunity to intern virtually with Land O’Lakes as their Corporate Sourcing Intern. Her daily tasks included attending meetings, following markets, and working on her capstone project. The capstone project she was working on consisted of developing logistical models to help meet the needs of the companies customers and finding more efficient ways to track feed consumption at the dairy farm level. 

Michael CookThis summer senior in agronomy, Michael Cook interned with Tucker Consulting in Storm Lake, Iowa as a crop scout.

Rebecca NoeRebecca Noe is a junior Agronomy at Iowa State University. 

Jonah Gray Jonah Gray is a senior in Agronomy and Environmental Science at Iowa State University, and this summer, he was a virtual undergraduate research intern for Kansas State University. Many students became accustomed to remote internships in this past year, Jonah being one of them. Since his internship was virtual, he could do it from Ames and still had the opportunity to build relationships with the other interns and research staff.

Written by Riley Wilgenbusch and originally posted on the Iowa Learning Farms blog.


Soil science will offer a certificate between a minor and a major by providing official recognition for the focus area of study. A bachelor's degree from Iowa State University is not required to earn the certificate, and it is designed to match up with federal and state requirements to obtain a federal job classified for soil scientists and get licensure in states requiring it. 

Dr. Bradley Miller, assistant professor of agronomy, explains that the certificate requires 31 credits, but 22 of those may count from other academic programs that students are involved in. The certificate is built to help students have a strong foundation in understanding soil systems.


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