agronomy undergraduate

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. 

This senior spotlight is highlighting Majorie Hanneman, who is a senior double majoring in Agronomy and Genetics. One of her greatest accomplishments while at Iowa State was being inducted into the Cardinal Key Honor Society as a junior. This is one of the greatest honors possible to students at ISU. As a sophomore, she placed 2nd place in the R.F. Baker Plant Breeding Symposium Poster Competition, where she displayed her work with transposable elements in maize. Another honorable accomplishment was when she was selected for an NSF/USDA Research Experience for an Undergraduate internship at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University.  She was also selected as a Golden Opportunity Scholar by the Agronomy Society of America, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America in 2019.

Agronomy student Rosie Roberts had quite the triumph at the recent State of Iowa PAS (Professional Agriculture Students) Conference. She first got involved with the organization as a freshman and now serves as the Vice President. Roberts is a senior double majoring in Agronomy and Agricultural Education. She placed first in both the Turf and Employment Interview competition areas. Roberts will now move on to the National PAS Conference in March to represent Iowa State PAS at the highest level. Advisor Nate Dobbels shared how proud he was by saying, “I know things were different this year, but your success will still rank as one of the best state conferences ever for ISU! Share your success loud and proud, and get ready for nationals!” PAS is a student organization is a student-led organization that allows students to build and sharpen their skills so that they are ready for the workplace.

Agronomy student Rosie Roberts had quite the triumph at the recent National PAS (Professional Agriculture Students) Conference. She placed first in the Crops Competition! At the State of Iowa PAS Conference, she placed first in both the Turf and Employment Interview competition areas.

Senior in agronomy Perla Carmenate spends her time taking classes at Iowa State as well as working in Dr. Emily Heaton, Associate Professor and Extension Biomass Crop Expert's lab.

As a first-generation college student that has been commuting from Des Moines all four
years, it was difficult for Perla to get involved early on in her college career. However, she has participated in conversations with students and faculty members that have brought awareness to issues multicultural students face at predominately white institutions. This helped develop her communication skills. Because she commutes, Perla has also learned how to manage her time between schoolwork and home responsibilities. The time management skill is important to many employers. 

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