Haley Stahl, senior in agronomy, is the fall 2021 recipient of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council Leadership Excellence Award.

For the first time since 1988, the ISU Crops Team won first place in both Fall collegiate competitions. The team was made up of Wyatt Bailey, Caitlyn Bruntz, Alex Coughlin, and Tom Thompson. The team attended competitions in Kansas City and right at home in Ames. Between these two competitions, the team ended up with over 30 awards. The team's hard work and determination definitely shine through their success. We are excited to see how future competitions go for this amazing team. We are extremely proud of the ISU Crops Team and all of the success they have found this year! 

At the beginning of November, ISU agronomy students attended the Students of Agronomy, Soils, and Environmental Sciences (SASES) American Society of Agronomy International Annual Meeting. SASES is the undergraduate program for the American Society of Agronomy. "SASES brings students together throughout the year at the Annual Meeting, spring meeting, and contests such as crops and soil judging.


The undergraduate experience at the annual meeting of the Students of Agronomy, Soil & Environmental Sciences (SASES) program features a special program of sessions, contests, networking, social activities, an awards banquet, and tours. The program is developed by the SASES Officers, Advisors, and committees. This is a unique opportunity to experience a scientific meeting, present and compete, meet other students beyond your university (who will be your peers throughout your career), network, and meet prospective employers. Heading to grad school? There will be a session and opportunities to connect with grad school reps from many universities as well!

Parker Kleigl: elected public relations officer

Wyatt Bailey: 1st place in crops showcase

Agronomy senior Chase Krug won the National FFA Star in Agriscience at the national convention in Indianapolis last week. Each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo, four FFA members are honored with American Star Awards for outstanding accomplishments in FFA and agricultural education.

On October 5th, the Agronomy Department's freshman learning community visited Nebullam.

Congratulations to the ISU Crops Team for placing 2nd place overall at the Central Regional Contest! They competed in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where Oklahoma State University hosted the contest. The team consisted of Alex Coughlin, Tom Thompson, Wyatt Bailey, and Caitlyn Bruntz. A special congratulations to Caitlyn Bruntz for being the top individual in Seed Analysis. 

The ISU Soil Judging team traveled to regional competition in Crookston, Minnesota last week. After practicing for a couple days, the team dug (ha!) into the contest pits. An entirely new team, some of whom joined just three weeks before contest, it was an incredible learning experience.

"Overall it was a valuable learning experience," said Jonah Gray, agronomy and environmental science major. "I spent the entire week in soil pits where I could apply the knowledge I gained in class and build a deeper understand of soil as a whole."

Including the addition of a new judging category. Jumble judging combines members from two different universities to form a full team. Both teams that our students served on placed 2nd and 3rd, showcasing their teamwork skills.

Introducing Department of Agronomy Peer Mentor Maddy Krumins!


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