Ross Learnard (Senior; Ag Business) selected as one of the four relievers on Collegiate Baseball's third team of All-Americans and
is the first member of the Purdue Baseball program to be a full-fledged All-American in multiple seasons.
Kathleen Jacobs (Junior; Applied Agricultural Economics; Huntington, IN) has spent all three years of her collegiate experience so far as an intern for the Agricultural Alumni Association. The department is located at Purdue in Pfendler Hall of Agriculture. Jacobs chose this internship coming into college because she wanted an on-campus internship that allowed her to keep a pulse on the College of Agriculture, while still allowing her to contribute back.
Four of the new Ag Ambassadors represent the Agricultural Economics Department
Cody Brunes, Dane Erickson Nelson Knobloch, and Brooke Schafer were recently selected as four of the new members of Ag Ambassadors for the College of Agriculture. They stood out amongst a large number of applicants and they now have a platform to interact with CoA prospect students who have an interest in the department.
Amber Wampler (Senior; Food Marketing; Jenkintown, PA) interviewed for a new member spot in Purdue University’s Women in Business organization during the spring semester of her freshman year. WIB is an organization of about 60 women who strive “to develop professionalism, communication skills, and leadership skills.” You can find more about WIB on their website: https://purduewib.squarespace.com/.
Andrew Holderbaum (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Lakeville, IN) has been studying abroad at Aberystwyth University in Wales for this past semester. His experience all started with a little encouragement from his girlfriend. She wanted to spend a semester abroad and asked for him to join her. He was very uneasy about the decision at first because he had not been away from home for more than a couple of weeks at a time, and a whole semester seemed daunting. With some more conversation, they chose the United Kingdom because that was a place they have always wanted to visit.
Anna Long (Sophomore; Sales & Marketing; Olathe, KS) chose to study abroad because she knew that it would be a life-changing experience. “Let me tell you, it has been everything I expected and more.” Long has not only learned about different cultures, but she has met the most incredible people from around the world, grown as a person, and learned how to truly live and love life and the people that are in it.
The Purdue Foundation Student Board (PFSB) provides select students the opportunity to assist the University Development Office in educating students about the impact of philanthropy on Purdue. Derek Berkshire (Junior; Agribusiness Marketing; Monticello, IN) was recently elected President of PFSB, and Dane Chapman (Sophomore; Agribusiness Marketing; Brookston, IN), Thomas Letsinger (Sophomore; Agribusiness Marketing; Tipton, IN), and Jackie Lenz (Sophomore; Food Marketing; Frankfort, IN) were tapped into PFSB as new members.
Colton Fleetwood (Senior; Applied Agricultural Economics; Vallonia, IN) participated as an Indiana State Legislative Intern for the entire spring semester. According to the Indiana Senate Republicans website (https://www.indianasenaterepublicans.com/intern-program), legislative interns duties include: tracking and analyzing bill data, providing constituent services, attending Staff Senate committee hearings and meetings, and conducting legislative and policy research.
This year’s France A. Cordova Award for Leadership in Action was awarded to Allie Abney (Senior; Agribusiness Marketing; Bargersville, IN). This honor is bestowed upon graduating students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and effectively worked with staff and faculty to move the university forward during their time at Purdue.
The 61st Purdue Grand Prix took place on April 21, 2018 thanks to the hard work put in by Purdue students.
Dane Erickson (Freshman; Agribusiness Management; Clarks Hill, IN) has been a member of the Meat Science Club since the fall of 2017. Over the past school year, Erickson has learned about the meat processing industry, opportunities within the field, and overall has learned about the agricultural industry from a different perspective. He is currently Treasurer of the organization.
Morgan Winder (Junior; Applied Agricultural Economics; Goodland, IN) has been enhancing her Purdue experience through studying abroad during the spring 2018 semester in Dublin, Ireland. While there, she has attended University College Dublin and has been taking classes related to agricultural policy and development.
Three rising seniors from the Agricultural Economics Department were recently selected as members of the Barbara Cook Chapter of Mortar Board. Derek Berkshire (Junior; Agribusiness Marketing; Monticello, IN), Kathleen Jacobs (Junior; Applied Agricultural Economics; Huntington, IN), and Erica Timmons (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Lebanon, IN) have the great opportunity of representing the department in their membership. The Mortar Board is a senior honor society dedicated to the pillars of scholarship, leadership, and service.
After two semesters of preparation, the Purdue University National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) team competed at the 2018 Agri-Marketing Conference held in Kansas City, Missouri. By competing against 35 other teams from around the country, Purdue’s team advanced to the semi-finals and ultimately placed in the top 12. The Agri-Marketing Conference hosts career building sessions, a career fair, networking opportunities, and to ultimately the competition for the National Agri-Marketing Association Award.
Zeb Davis (Sophomore; Agribusiness Management; Reynolds, IN) is diversifying his Purdue experiences by working for the Purdue Athletic Department in Turf Management. Through this role, he is involved in the maintenance of all Purdue athletic fields. Whether it is the football field or the baseball field, Davis’s responsibilities include field and turf repair, mowing, and overall basic turf practices.
Dalton Smith (Sophomore; AgriFinance; Coatesville, IN) has had the opportunity to network with swine industry professionals through the National Junior Swine Association. He has taken in great advice from those professionals in terms of what direction to take your career. Smith currently serves on the Junior Board of Directors for the NJSA.
AGEC Freshman, Lauren Bush is making the most of her time at Purdue. Following her first semester, Bush was selected as an Ambassador for the Purdue Welcome Center. In this AGEC success story, Lauren tells us about the requirements and her responsibilities as an ambassador.
Victoria Pefley (Junior; Applied Agricultural Economics; Pendleton, IN) experienced life in South America during her Spring Break study abroad to Peru. Through the Sustainable Communities and Animal Wellbeing program led by Dr. Mark Russell, a small group of Purdue students studied working equine and sustainable farming in remote villages in the Andes.
Through the College of Agriculture’s Department of Food Science, eight Ag Econ students studied abroad in Italy during Spring Break. The itinerary for the study abroad program included visiting the cities of Parma, Florence, and Rome. As a part of the Food Science experience, they witnessed the production of different food products as they visited the different cities while learning about the country’s culture and history along the way.
Dane Chapman, a sophomore in Agribusiness Marketing, has called Wageningen University home since January 8th of this year. Located in the Provence of Gelderland in the Netherlands, Wageningen has provided Chapman many opportunities to make new friendships with incredible students from all around the globe.
Sanne Van Roessel is finishing up her semester of studying abroad at Wageningen University and Research in Wageningen, Netherlands. She has been taking Masters courses that have discussed Management & Marketing, Animal Nutrition Physiology, and European Integration both in Economic and Political and Business Model Innovation while at WUR.
25 Purdue students and 4 faculty members traveled to Ireland during spring break to learn about Irish culture, history, food processing, agribusiness, and farming. This study abroad program also typically provides students with the opportunity to visit Dublin and sights such as the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Kylemore Abbey, and Kilkenny Castle.
Erica Rexing (Sophomore; Sales and Marketing; Evansville, IN) joined College Mentors for Kids because she has always had a love for kids and felt that it would be a great way to positively connect campus to her community.
Carley Bennett is a sophomore in AgriFinance from Osceola, IN. Over April 8-10, Bennett visited Kansas City, MO for the Agriculture Future of America Animal Institute. AFA provides premiere personal and professional development programs to college students and young professionals in agriculture.
Natalie Bragdon (Senior; Agribusiness Management; McCordsville, IN) and Jarrett Fischer (Freshman; Farm Management; Cory, IN) have the unique ability to represent Agricultural Economics as members of the Reamer Club. The Reamer Club is a group of students from all over the university who act as the official caretakers and operators of Purdue's Boilermaker Special VII and the Boilermaker Xtra Special VIII.
Zeta Tau Alpha’s philanthropy, Big Man on Campus (BMOC), brings the Greek community together each year to fight the battle against Breast Cancer. BMOC is a collegiate all-male talent competition where contestants from different campus organizations compete to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and education.
Sustainability was the main focus for the 22 Purdue students who studied abroad in Costa Rica during spring break. These students learned about sustainability in agriculture, in the environment, and in the Costa Rican community. The eight-day trip allowed students to travel across Costa Rica and learn from the people and culture.
Morgan Lambretch is one of forty outstanding college men and women who attended the Agriculture Future of America Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. Lambretch is a sophomore from Bedford, IN, studying Agribusiness Management. On March 18-20, she had the opportunity to network with and learn from agricultural professionals who work in Washington D.C. with agriculture policy.
Karley Alexander is a sophomore studying Agribusiness Management from Kempton, IN. She first got involved with Purdue's Adopt-A-Grandparent club because she has always enjoyed being able to spend time with elderly individuals. She especially treasures the conversations that she has with these individuals because of their great wisdom and maturity.
Emily Classen is a junior from Cown Point, IN, studying Agribusiness Marketing. She is currently on a semester study abroad trip in Armidale, Australia at the University of New England.
Each year, some of Purdue’s top freshmen and sophomores are selected as hosts and hostesses for the Rising Professionals program. Of the 30 students selected this year, four Ag Econ students were chosen: Kayla Fogg (Freshman; AGMG; Rushville, IN), Sara Lechlider (Freshman; AGMG; Gaithersburg, MD), David Mudd (Sophomore; AGMR; Chesterton, IN), and Jake Schuler (Sophomore; AGMG; Roann, IN).
Lauren Schreck is helping to enable and engage today’s farmer through the agBOT Challenge
The agBOT Challenge brings together teams from across the country to compete in the production of unmanned, autonomous vehicles to meet the needs of small-scale farmers. Lauren Schreck (Sophomore; Quantitative Analysis; Fishers, IN) is a member of Purdue’s 2018 agBOT Challenge team. Read more.
Schwartz awarded the NCGA William C. Berg Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship
Stephen Schwartz’s experience at the 2018 Commodity Classic was filled with excitement as he interacted with industry leaders during the Corteva Agriscience announcement, listened to presentations from top agriculturalists, and walked around the expo of over 350 companies. The excitement came along with honor, as Schwartz (Sophomore; AGMG; Noblesville, IN) was presented with the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) William C. Berg Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship. Read more
Purdue Dairy Club members attend the American Dairy Science Association Conference
Twenty-nine Purdue Dairy Club members had the unique opportunity to travel to the 2018 Midwest Regional American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) Conference held at University of Minnesota. Read more.
Stevenson, Martin, and Arnold experience Georgia agriculture at the Ag Ambassador Leadership Summit
Three Ag Econ students were chosen for the Ag Ambassador Leadership Summit in February. Paige Stevenson (Senior; CMRK; Brazil, IN), Megan Arnold (Sophomore; AGMG; Coatesville, IN), and Bryce Martin (Junior; AGMG; Evansville, IN) travelled to Savannah, Georgia with the other Ag Ambassadors to attend the Leadership Summit. Read more.
Hubbell attends the 51st World Ag Expo alongside other Ag Ambassadors
AGEC’s Austin Hubbell (Junior; AGMR; Lewisville, IN) had the opportunity to attend the 51st World Ag Expo in Tulare, California in February alongside two other fellow Ag Ambassadors. Read more
Long, Mills, and Wininger hit the slopes in Big Sky, Montana
The Purdue Ski and Snowboard Club, comprised of almost 500 skiers and snowboarders, is one of the largest clubs on campus. Each year the club goes on a trip during winter break and during spring break, and popular locations in the past have included Aspen, Jackson Hole, Steamboat, and Copper Mountain. This year, some Ag Econ students took advantage of the opportunities this club has to offer. Amanda Long (Junior; SLMK; Waveland, IN), Maddie Mills (Junior; AGFN; Lagoda, IN), and Paige Wininger (Junior; SLMK; Waveland, IN) traveled to Big Sky, Montana over winter break. Read more
Four AGEC students travel to Anaheim, CA for the AFA Technology Institute
Anaheim, California welcomed fifty college students from across the country when they attended the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Technology Institute. Jason Kikkert (Junior; FARM; Fair Oaks, IN), Kylie Echard (Senior; AGMR; Wabash, IN), Nelson Knobloch (Sophomore; AGMG; Wolcott, IN), and Rachel Stowers (Senior; AGMR; Kirklin, IN) were among those selected to participate. Read more
Farm Credit Mid-America chooses four AgEcon students as Young Leaders Scholars
Three Purdue Ag Econ students are set to participate in their first year of the Farm Credit Mid-America College Leaders Scholarship program this coming August of 2018. Monica Compton (Sophomore; AGMR; Logansport, IN), Dane Chapman (Sophomore; AGMR; Brookston, IN), and Nelson Knobloch (Sophomore; AGMG; Wolcott, IN) are first-year recipients of this honor. AGEC’s Kathleen Jacobs (Junior; APAE; Huntington, IN) represented Purdue last year, and this will be her second year in the program. Read more
Stevenson says American Royal Scholars program was a highlight of her college career
Last year, Paige Stevenson (Senior; CMRK; Brazil, IN) had the honor of participating in the American Royal Scholars program, a program that allows outstanding college students to advocate for agriculture, leadership, and the American Royal. Read more.
Fogg and Lucas share excitement for Ag Week Task Force
Kayla Fogg (Freshman; AGMG; Rushville, IN) and Matthew Lucas (Sophomore; CMRK; Freetown, IN) are first year members of Ag Week Task Force, a team that advocates for Ag Week. Ag Week is an event that engages students by promoting agriculture on Purdue’s campus. The Task Force includes two committees, which together ensure that Ag Week is successful. The team does everything from raising funds for events, to communicating and coordinating with 30 individual clubs in the College of Agriculture, to planning and executing events during Ag Week. Read more
Keller raises funds for Indiana Special Olympics by “Freezin’ for a Reason”
Peyton Keller (Sophomore; SLMK; Lebanon, IN) didn’t let the cold stop her from making a difference in her community. Rather, she took it as a challenge. Read more.
Students learn “Disruptive Leadership” at the Mortar Board Leadership Conference
The Barbara Cook Chapter of Mortar Board hosted the Mortar Board Leadership Conference at the end of January. This conference is put on for students by students to help them learn from industry and each other. Several students from the Department of Agricultural Economics attended. Read more.
Gracen Jarrett leads while on the Rising Professionals Central Committee
Last year, Gracen Jarrett (Sophomore; AGMR; Washington, IN) was a host for Rising Professionals, a sister organization to Old Masters. She valued her experience so much that she wanted to give back to the program. Now, Gracen holds the leadership position of the Events Chair on the Rising Professionals Central Committee. Read more
Two Ag Econ students attend AFA Food Institute in Chicago, IL
Sara Lechlider (Freshman; AGMG; Gaithersburg, MD) and Nelson Knobloch (Sophomore; AGMG; Wolcott, IN) attended the 2018 Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Food Institute in Chicago, Illinois at the end of January. Read more.