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Two of our students took first and second place in the 2019 Darrel S. Metcalfe Student Journalism Contest through Students of Agronomy, Soils & Environmental Science (SASES). This contest promotes writing by undergraduate students on topics in agronomy, crop science, and soil science. Published rules of the contest listed content, readability, organization, figures/tables/images/illustrations, identification of sources, and neatness as the judging criteria.

Kaleb Baber placed first with "The Effects of Defoliation on the Nutritive Value of Common Forage Grasses."

Erin Stichter took second in the one-two sweep. Erin's piece was "Assessing the Potential for Soybean Yield Improvement Through Plant Architectural Modification."

Congratulations!

One senior in the Department of Agronomy is given the Outstanding Senior Award yearly. Students are selected based on high academic standing, leadership in activities (especially relating to agriculture and agronomy), and good character. The selection is made by members of the senior class in agronomy as well as advisors.

Our next senior spotlight is Tyler Flak.

After graduation, Tyler will be working as an agronomist for CNH Industrial. Tyler noted that his favorite class that he took at Iowa State was TSM 433 - Precision Agriculture.

"Have fun and take chances! At CALS Career Day don't leave until you have no more resumes left. That's how I landed an internship with a company I never thought would offer one for agronomy majors, but since I had one resume left I went to them and it lead to an internship which lead to a full time position," said Tyler.

Tyler also enjoyed his time studying abroad, especially with Dr. Burras.

"If it is your first time abroad, go with Dr. Burras. He makes it fun and you will really enjoy your first trip out of the country," said Tyler.

After a crazy past month with everything moving to online and our graduation ceremony being canceled, our seniors deserve some extra love!

Our next senior feature is Austin Day.

Austin will be graduating in May and will be heading out in the industry to work in agricultural marketing. During his time as an undergrad, Austin says his favorite class was Soil Conservation and Land Use.

"Even when classes get hard and you want to give up, keep pushing through. You'll get through your troubles quicker than you think," said Austin.

Best wishes in your new job and future endeavors, Austin!

Our next senior is Nick Allen, who is interested in soil conservation.

Nick plans to join the workforce, with hopes to obtain a job that allows him to apply his knowledge in soils.

His favorite class he took at Iowa State was Agron 463 - Soil Formation and Landscape Relationships. Nick enjoyed being able to travel around the state to see the soils and concepts learned in class in person, which really helped drive the points home.

"Don't be afraid to take classes you would not normally take, it may just change your career path," said Nick.

Best wishes in your future endeavors, Nick!

 

Our next senior is Travis Lichtensteiger, who will be moving back home after graduation.

Travis plans to continue farming in Northwest Ohio, which he described has a beautiful landscape.

His favorite class he took during his time at Iowa State was Agron 280 with Dr. Christian.

"Take steps outside your comfort zone. There are so many opportunities to push yourself academically, socially, and spiritually at Iowa State; it all starts by saying, yes," said Travis.

Best of luck farming Travis!

Our next senior spotlight is Samantha Reicks.

Samantha will be graduating in May and becoming an Assistant Grower and Research and Trial Lead at PlantPeddler.

During her time at Iowa State, Samantha's favorite class was Plant Pathology 408.

"Make sure to join some clubs that you are interested in, participate in a couple intramural sports with friends, and don't be scared to ask your professors questions during office hours," said Samantha.

Best wishes, Samantha!

Abigale Kennon, senior in agronomy, is our next senior spotlight. 

Abigale will graduate this spring and begin working as a research assistant for GDM Seeds in Minnesota.

Her favorite class she took within the department at Iowa State was Agron 463 - Soil Formation and Landscape.

Abigale's advice for others is that your future is your own so do what you want with it.

We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors, Abigale!

Students danced day and night to raise more than $340,000 for the University of Iowa’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital during the Iowa State Dance Marathon in January.

Riley Wilgenbusch, a senior in agronomy and global resource systems, served as the director of the 23rd annual event, which attracted a record number of students.

“We had hundreds of participants flood into the Great Hall at 9 a.m.,” Wilgenbusch said. “It’s a high-energy environment — lots of upbeat music and dancing.”

Our next senior, Blake Lineweaver, will be taking a unique path after graduating this summer.

"I'll be completing a year of national service with AmeriCorps VISTA at Feeding Laramie Valley in Laramie, Wyoming," said Blake. "My position in Food Capacity Development seeks to improve sustainable community access to regionally local, fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables through increased food production and distribution in Albany County, Wyoming, with a particular emphasis on people living with poverty, children and elders, people who are often disenfranchised, people in rural locations, and people living with disabilities and chronic illness."

Blake's favorite class he took was Agron 342 World Food Issues: Past and Present.

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