Eastern Iowa students get hands-on agronomy education

September 23, 2019

Students from five different high schools in Eastern Iowa had the hands-on opportunity to learn about Iowa's agriculture industry through the day-long seminar - "Get the 411 on agronomy." It was the event's first year.

Students got an insight into agronomy after going though various stations, showing them agricultural equipment and technology such as rainfall simulators, drones, and sprayer calibration and simulation.

Rebecca Vittetoe, Extension Field Agronomist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach described the main goal of the event being to give students some hands-on education outside of the classroom as well as to educate them about possible career interests.

Students described the experience as valuable for their futures as well as putting some fears at ease regarding their future career choices. Jacob Ludeking, Benton Community High School student, planned to go back to school and encourage other students to consider the field of agronomy as an option when thinking about their futures after high school.