Chase Krug, a sophomore in agronomy, has learned the importance of the preservation and protection of the world's agricultural crop germplasm through the World Food Prize youth programs.
Chase became involved in the World Food Prize as a freshman in high school when he wrote an essay on plant science solutions to food insecurity issues in Peru and then participated in the Iowa Youth Institute (IYI) in 2015. After IYI, Chase received an acceptance letter to participate in the Global Youth Institute (GYI) later in 2015.
Anna Drendel, a junior in agronomy, spent her summer working with BASF as a Sales and Marketing Development Intern in Northern Louisiana.
"As an intern, my main role was to complete a capstone project that I later would present," said Anna. "I also collected data throughout the summer on various research plots while also exploring different career options through BASF and shadowing various employees in the field."
Rebecca Johnson, a freshman in agronomy, spent her summer abroad while managing her own livestock operation back at home.
Rebecca traveled to Finland through the organization "States' 4-H." This organization works with the 4-H organization in the United States as well as similar organizations worldwide to provide exchange programs that offer cultural immersion. Kids 12-18 have the opportunity to travel abroad as exchange students or host a child around their same age for a month up to a year.
Elizabeth Oys, senior in agronomy, has had many opportunities in her time at Iowa State, including traveling to Greece as well as being nominated as the student speaker for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Family Weekend.
Travis Lichtensteiger, a senior in agronomy, has traveled to 11 countries and plans to go back home to Ohio to farm with his family after college. His diverse experiences will help him with decision making on the farm.
Abby Kennon, senior in agronomy, has been involved in the ISU Good Earth Student Farm in many different aspects. She first found GESF through the student job board where she was looking for an opportunity that would allow her to work with organic fieldwork.
“Growing up in Iowa, it is pretty usual people assume that you want to work with row crops. On top of that, there can be a stigma around organic farming,” said Abby. “I used to have negative feelings for organic grown/raised products, but wanted to take the initiative to learn more.”
Austin Day, senior in agronomy, spent several months studying abroad in New Zealand this past year.
“I chose to study in New Zealand because I wished to learn about alternate forms of agricultural production and hoped to find methods that could improve our own,” said Austin.
Austin was able to take classes that fulfilled requirements in both his agronomy major and animal science minor. These classes included animal nutrition, animal production, and understanding plant protection.