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."
Our incoming freshman spent the weekend before classes start on a tour of agriculture industry and farms in northeast Iowa. They toured Beck's Hybrids in Marshalltown, Pioneer Hi-Bred in Reinbeck and Landus Co-op in Dike. A stop at UNI allowed them to cool down (the air conditioning broke on the bus) and learn about urban soil conservation on the UNI campus. Near Nashua they learned about soil health from the Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Evan's experience in the Department of Agronomy gave him the knowledge and problem solving skills to successfully transition an entire team to a new precision agriculture, data management software.
"ISU gave me the knowledge and skills to understand the calculations and rewrite, tweak them so they would work in our new programs format," said Evan. "Through my many experiences at ISU, I was very comfortable presenting, training and educating my agronomy colleagues in their application of the new programs within our business and in support of our customers."
Evan M. is currently an advanced agronomy manager for Cooperative Elevator Company in Sebewaing, Michigan.
Iowa State took home the Overall Sweepstakes Award for the fourth year in a row at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Contest held at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska on April 21. Teams from across the College of Agriculture of Life Sciences competed in seven competitions to take the sweepstakes award. The students also took first place in the Ag Knowledge Bowl for the eighth consecutive year.
The Crops Team took first place in the crops contest for the fifth time in the last six years.
Top placing individuals in the crop contest:
Daniel Feucht: 1st place
Elizabeth Widder: 3rd place
Joshua DeGroot: 4th place
Coleman Kneifl: 5th place
Heather Wilson: 6th place
Using science to address food insecurity is Catherine Leafstedt’s passion. It’s a passion that’s driven her for the past four years and it’s one reason she’s been accepted to the University of Cambridge in England to pursue graduate school.
Leafstedt, who has a double major in agronomy and global resource systems, has had many internships and experiences both in the United States and around the world.
Iowa State junior Aimee Schulz is aiming to make a difference when it comes to global food security, and she's doing this through identifying ways to protect the genetic lines of indigenous maize. Or, what most of us refer to as corn.
Aimee took on an ambitious research adventure her freshman year in Assistant Professor Matthew Hufford's genetics lab at Iowa State to identify the human and environmental factors impacting indigenous varieties of maize in southwestern Mexico.
Our Katelyn Fritz, senior, was selected as the first-place winner of the American Seed Trade Association's "Better Seed, Better Life" student video competition. Katelyn's focus is in plant breeding and biotechnology.
Katelyn produced the video during her internship with Semilla Nueva, a small nonprofit working to sustainably overcome chronic malnutrition in Guatemala through biofortified corn.
AMES, Iowa – An Iowa State University sophomore studying agronomy and global resource systems is the 2017 recipient of an endowed scholarship honoring global food security advocate David Lambert.
Emily Hugen from Monroe, Iowa, received the David Lambert ‘Hunger Fighter’ Memorial Scholarship honoring Lambert’s lifetime efforts addressing global food security and child malnutrition. The presentation was made during a luncheon held in conjunction with the World Food Prize’s 2017 Borlaug Dialogue International symposium.