Department of Agronomy

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!

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.

Meet our next senior, Madeleine Bretey!

Madeleine will be graduating this spring and beginning her job as a County Youth/Agriculture Program Coordinator for Iowa State University Extension. 

During her time at Iowa State, Madeleine said her favorite class was Agron 463 Soil Formations and Landscapes with Dr. Burras. 

"Enjoy your last days as a student. Enjoy your breaks, and enjoy your family and friends. School is great, but don't be afraid to put effort into your life experiences and relationships as well," said Madeleine.

Thank you, Madeleine! Good luck on your future endeavors!

 

The Crops Team just returned from the Southern Plains Regional Crops contest hosted by Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, OK.  The team placed 2nd overall and Shannon Breja placed 5th overall as an individual.

The team will be traveling to their next contest on March 7th. Great job team, thank you for being a great representation of the department. Good luck with your future contests!

 

With spring quickly approaching, graduation is just around the corner! Over the coming weeks, stay tuned to meet some of our graduating seniors.

Check out our first senior!

Emma Molburg will be graduating in May and staying with us in the Department of Agronomy to pursue her master's degree in soil science. During her time as an undergrad, Emma says her favorite class was Agronomy 354 - Soils and Plant Growth.

Nine scholarships were given to seven Iowa State University (ISU) College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) students at the 2020 Iowa Agribusiness Showcase and Conference on February 13, in Des Moines, Iowa.  Five Iowa Seed Association (ISA) Scholarships of $1,000 each were awarded. One of ISA awarded students was selected as the Manjit Misra Outstanding Senior Scholar and received an additional $500 scholarship. The $1,000 Bill Latham Memorial Scholarship and the $1,000 Lisa Shepherd Jenkins Memorial Scholarship were also awarded at the ISA ceremony.     

Bill Latham was a former president of the Iowa Seed Association, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), the Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA), and was a former President of his family company, Latham Seed.  Bill passed away in 2015.

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