Department of Agronomy

The 2020-2021 Brown Graduate Fellowship Program as administered by ISU’s Office of the Vice President of Research. This fellowship is to be used to strategically advance ISU research in the areas of study that are governed by the Valentine Hammes Family and Leopold Hammes Brown Family Trust. Fellowship funds (maximum request of $10K) can be used to assist current graduate students or by graduate programs in the recruitment of new graduate students.

Graduate student are eligible that

Allie Wise graduated from Iowa State in May 2016 with her B.S. in Agronomy and since has found herself in the position as a Field Agronomist for Pioneer Seeds in Southeast Minnesota.

Allie originally worked as a Local Pioneer Sales Representative, which led her to the opportunity to apply for her current field agronomist position.

Regarding her day-to-day, it varies a lot especially during different times of the year.

Tetsuya Yamada, senior researcher with the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) in Japan is visiting Iowa State University as a visiting scholar under the guidance of Dr. Asheesh Singh, Associate Professor in the Department of Agronomy. Tetsuya obtained his undergraduate degree from Hokkaido University and recently received his PhD from the University of Tsukuba in Japan. Tetsuya has focused his research on soybean breeding for higher yields, pod shattering tolerance and green stem disorder. Although rice is the main crop in Japan, soybean production is essential in the making of common foods such as tofu.

Fall 2019 – Coaches Mindy DeVries and Assistant Coach Andrew Blomme

Regional Contest – October 11th in Ames, IA hosted by ISU

Participants: Ted Hilgerson (Team), Hannah Holdsworth (Team), Ben Kolbe (Team) and Wyatt Westfall (Individual)

-2nd Place Team Overall

-5th Place Individual Overall – Ben Kolbe

Collegiate Crops Contest – November 19th in Kansas City, Missouri

Participants: Ted Hilgerson (Team), Hannah Holdsworth (Team), Ben Kolbe (Team) and Wyatt Westfall (Individual)

-3rd Place Team Overall

-8th Place Individual Overall – Ben Kolbe

  • 3rd Place Individual (Tie) Grain Grading – All-American
  • 6th Place Individual Identification

-9th Place Individual Overall – Ted Hilgerson

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.

Jack Pieper, a senior in agronomy, is spending his semester studying abroad in the Netherlands after finding the opportunity on the CALS study abroad website. 

Chase Krug, a sophomore from Marion, Iowa is one of the Department of Agronomy's peer mentors. 

Haley Stahl, a sophomore in agronomy, has earned her drone certification through the FAA.

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