Department of Agronomy

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.

Matthew Breitzman is originally from Stillwater, MN. Spending time on his Grandpa and Uncles’ farm when growing up gave him a strong interest in agriculture. This background in agriculture led him to obtain his B.S.

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.

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