Senior Jenna Rasmusson is spending her summer on the water. She is working for a research lab with Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology looking at nutrients impact on food webs.
"Your opportunities are endless in Agronomy! Coming in without an agricultural background I felt a little bit lost. As everyone was excited about corn and soybeans, I didn't feel like I was as knowledgeable about those topics. But I am knowledgeable about other things and I can explore the different opportunities in agriculture versus just a straight crop consulting route. You can become a really diverse student and better professional if you can expand those opportunities. Agronomy isn't just plants and soil science, it's water and biology and all of those things kind of meshed together."
Kirsten Backes is a recent 2017 graduate. She is now located in Woodland, California where she is an associate in the Production and Supply Development Program for Syngenta, a rotational leadership development programs for college graduates. Each rotation is one year long, and so far she has completed two of the three years. Kirsten’s first rotation was in Waterloo, NE in seed corn operations. Her second rotation is happening right now in Woodland, CA in vegetable production, and her final rotation will be in Slater, IA in seed production research and digital technology. Her job duties vary from site to site.
Staci (Schmitt) Osborn graduated from Iowa State in 2006 with her degree in Agronomy. She is currently located in Winthrop, Iowa where she is a Field Testing Agronomist for Bayer. Her primary job duties are planning, planting, scouting, and harvesting field trials around northeast Iowa. Staci enjoys the variety that comes with her job. Each day is different and the people that she works with can vary week to week which is a nice change of pace for her.
The Agronomy Department had lots of opportunities to be involved and with those opportunities, they led her to meeting new people. It also provided her the opportunities for speaking and working closely with professors.