Thursday, July 21, 2016


Hello, my name is Abigail Clark and this is my last year here at Purdue. I am from Frankfort, IN so Purdue isn't too far from home. I am one of four children from my lovely parents and we all will be Purdue Alums by this time next year! This coming spring I will be graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Agronomy with a concentration in crop and soil management. My past two summers I have had an internship with Windy Lane Farms as their New Technology Intern. Through that experience I have worked with UAVs, 360 Yield Soil Scan, Y-drops, farming software, and crop diagnostics programs. The internship allowed me take classroom material and apply it to the real world. This summer I was able to train a new employee on a few pieces of technology and equipment. Along with that I have been working part time for Halderman Farm Management. In just a short week I will be off to Ireland with a study abroad group from Purdue where we will be learning about the Equine Industry. I am very excited to travel with Purdue to expand my knowledge on the equine industry abroad. In my spare time this summer I have enjoyed camping with my family, fishing, and spending time with my 6 month old niece. I look forward to this coming semester at Purdue. Boiler Up!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Hello, My Calvin Knotts. I am a Senior in the Agronomy Department majoring in Crop and Soil management. I have spent the past 4 summer working with my best friend raising processing tomatoes for Red Gold Inc.We now have our 2016 crop  transplanted and are working to fertilize and protect them from disease.
I have had the great opportunity today to meet 4 incoming members to our agronomy department. These individuals are participating in the Pathway To Purdue Program and have the intentions of acquiring their bachelors in Agronomy. As a transfer Student from Ivy Tech I could relate well to the group and I encouraged them to set big goals for their future and keep pushing towards them. It's been a great summer so far and I look forward to seeing everyone in the fall and meeting the new members of the agronomy department.  

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Sweet Summertime!

Hello everyone,

My name is Nick Thompson and I am a Junior studying Crop and Soil Management here at Purdue.  I am a new ambassador for this coming school year and look forward to serving the Agronomy Department.  I am also involved with the Agronomy club and personally believe this department is one of the best on campus.  I am currently planning to graduate in December of 2017.  My home town is Warren, Indiana which is a small town south of Fort Wayne roughly 45 minutes.  My family started row crop farming in 2008 which sparked my interest in agriculture and agronomy.  On campus I am also involved with Boiler Gold Rush and FarmHouse Fraternity.  Outside of school I enjoy hunting and the outdoors.  Fun fact, I have been black bear hunting twice and look forward to going many more times.  This summer I am testing the waters with the family business, I am working at Huntington Tool & Die and our family farm when I am needed there.  I enjoy engineering and machining so far and look forward to the rest of summer.  Maybe I'll be able to combine agronomy and engineering someday!

Enjoy the rest of summer and your time at Purdue!

Best regards,

Nick Thompson
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Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy Summer!

Hello everyone!

My name is Sarah Voglewede, and I am one of the new Agronomy Ambassadors this year! I am so excited to be given this opportunity to become more involved in the Department of Agronomy as well as the College of Agriculture! I am a sophomore majoring in Agronomy with a concentration in Agronomic Business and Marketing, as well as a minor in Food and Agribusiness Management. I plan to graduate in the spring of 2019 and then go on to graduate school. In addition to being involved as an Agronomy Ambassador I am part of the Leadership Development Certificate Program, the Dean's Scholars Certificate Program, an officer in Agronomy Club, and a Student Ambassador at the Purdue Welcome Center. Purdue was a great choice for me, and even though I don't have an agricultural background I feel so welcomed. I am originally from the Lafayette area, but I lived in Calgary, Canada from 8th grade through 10th grade. My family now lives in Pittsboro, Indiana which is a small town outside of Indianapolis. This summer I have the wonderful opportunity to work with Co-Alliance as a crop scout in the Region 1 area. I am excited to be able to use the agronomic knowledge from the classroom and apply it out in the field. I am so eager to get to know averyone through my position as ambassador these next few years! If anyone has questions about agronomy or even the College of Agriculture, especially if you have any concerns about not being from an agriculture background, feel free to ask!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Summer's Here!

Hello Everybody!
I cannot believe that my first year at Purdue is already over! Time sure flies by when you're having fun. I am Dakota Westphal and I am very excited to be joining the Agronomy Ambassadors this year. I am a Sophomore majoring in Agronomy with a concentration in Business and Marketing and plan to graduate in the Spring of 2019. In addition to being an Agronomy Ambassador, I enjoy being involved in the Agronomy Club and also being a part of the Purdue Soils Judging Team. My hometown is Remington, Indiana which is just a half hour north of Purdue. I love living in a small town while helping coach a little league softball team, play sports myself, play some instruments, and hang out with family around a campfire. This summer I have the wonderful opportunity to intern with AgVenture D&M who is based out of Kentland, Indiana. I will be traveling throughout Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Kentucky to learn more about the seed business. Throughout the summer I will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with farmers and AgVenture Yield Specialists alike. I will be prospecting for future customers and performing exercises with farmers to show them what the future of their fields looks like this year. I will get a chance to show them how our company can help drive up their profitability through increasing production and lowering costs. I cannot wait to share what I have learned and am excited to be an Agronomy Ambassador!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Me, myself, and I

Hello folks,

Now that freshman year is over, I feel I am established enough to accurately describe myself. My name is Nick Roysdon, and I am from the small town of Heyworth, Illinois. I graduated with a class of about 54 people, but have transitioned well to the great amount of people at Purdue. Campus really is a big town with a small town feel.

I study Agronomy: Crop and Soils Management, and plan to graduate in spring of 2019. I enjoy hanging out with friends, and growing plants. This summer, I have an internship with co-alliance, working as a crop scout in western Indiana. If anyone is looking for an out-of-state opinion on why to come to Purdue, I would be more than willing to help you out!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Hey everyone!
My name is Kasha Halbleib, and I am one of your new Ambassadors (and the only new NRES Ambassador). I guess I should start pressuring everyone in my major to join. Anyway, I am from Carmel, IN (yes, I am aware that Carmel has a certain stereotype, but I would not consider myself to be a part of that stereotype. I guess you can decide for yourself) and my major is NRES with a concentration in Policy. I also have four minors currently (Political Science, Spanish, Communication, and Environmental Politics and Policy) but we'll see how long I keep that up. I hope to graduate in May of 2019. I have never once stepped foot on a farm, so if you haven't either, no worries, you're not alone. This is a picture of me and my 16-year-old brother. For reference, I am six feet tall. This summer I am travelling to Washington D.C., which I am super pumped about since I LOVE history. I have no idea what my work plans are yet, which is pretty bad since summer has already started for me. But in the fall I will be a Boiler Gold Rush Team Leader, so if you're coming to Purdue this fall you might end up in my group! Hope to see you there!