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Thursday, August 10, 2017

First Introduction/Summer Update

Hello everyone!

My name is Kelley Roberts and I am going to be going into my sophomore year this fall at Purdue. I am majoring in Agronomy with a concentration in Crop and Soil Management. I am also a new Agronomy Ambassador and am very excited and proud to be one of the great faces of the Agronomy Department and look forward to all the wonderful opportunities that comes along with this position! I am also involved in the Agronomy Club which I enjoy so much! I have already made some great memories and have had some wonderful experiences and opportunities. At Purdue I am also involved in Purdue Best Buddies and Collegiate Farm Bureau. I was able to travel to Costa Rica over Spring Break this past year where we learned about their environmental sustainability and their agriculture. We went on several visits to places such as a banana farm, coffee farm, pineapple farm, and was also able to go whitewater rafting, hike in a rainforest, and a lot more. This was great for me since I would like to focus on international agriculture. So, I highly recommend studying abroad at least once! I am from a small town just 35-40 minutes north of Purdue's campus called Goodland, IN. This summer I have held an internship with Co-Alliance and have worked as a field scout for the Goodland, Reynolds, and Idaville areas. As I am wrapping up the last few days of my internship, I can't help but to think how beneficial it has been to be able to scout fields for Co-Alliance. I have a deeper understanding of different weeds, insects, diseases, and other agronomic issues and concerns, that I will definitely be able to use in the future. Being a field scout has helped me to build up my agriculture foundation and has taught me so many important things in just one summer and because of that, I will be forever grateful that I had that opportunity as a freshman! Also this summer, I was able to attend the Agriculture Future of America's Crop Science Institute in North Carolina. There I was able to network with industry leaders and other students in the crop science field. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet with those people as well as to see how the different crops in North Carolina are produced. I have been working all summer pretty much but in my free time, I have been able to go swimming, attend a few concerts, and just relax! Sorry this is a bit lengthy but I thought that I would share a bit about me! Again, I am definitely looking forward to serving the Agronomy Department and getting more involved with the department itself. Have a great rest of your summer and hopefully the semester starts out wonderfully for everyone! Boiler up!


-Kelley Roberts


If you have any questions about anything, feel free to contact me @ rober377@purdue.edu


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

First Blog Introduction

Hey everyone,

My name is Karson Kamman. I am a junior studying Agronomy with a concentration in business and marketing. I am from southeast Indiana, Bartholomew county, where I grew up on traditional Indiana corn/soybean family farm. I am the third kid in my family to come to Purdue University and the second to majoring in Agronomy. Because of my love for the farm and the interest to continue my career around it, I believed that agronomy would be a good major to learn applicable skills to help myself become a better farmer. I chose the  concentration in business and marketing, because I know that farming is not just, crops and soil, but a great deal has to do  with marketing and managing the operation as well. So, with my concentration it allows me to take the classes that familiarize me with the skills and knowledge to operate all aspects of my family business. This summer I have the opportunity to have an internship in Champaign, IL working for BASF as a field biologist. This location is one of BASF's largest research farms and myself and three other interns will be in charge of managing the grounds, performing test on the multiple plots, as well as recording results of the trials we will be able to perform. This location also brings in a large number of tours throughout the summer, which I look forward to be able to communicate with many people in the industry, interested in the study's we will be conducting.

Karson Kamman
kamman0@purdue.edu

If you have an questions, fell free to reach out to me.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Spring 2017 Frist Blog

Hello, my name is Kyle Fogle I am from Greensburg, Indiana where I grew up helping on my grandpa on his farm and soon after for a couple different farmers. I am currently a sophomore here at Purdue and my first semester here has gone very well. I chose the agronomic business and management as I did not grow up on the family farm but want to stay directly involved in agriculture. My summer plans include a internship with Primer Ag crop scouting. One nice thing is I will be based out of the Greensburg branch.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Intro-First Blog

Hello all! My name is Ashley Thurman. I was born and raised on a family farm in Hartford City, Indiana. I am a current freshmen here at Purdue, studying agronomy. My interests in agronomy started as I got older and my dad and grandpa taught me things around the farm. I decided I wanted to learn more about what they do everyday for a living an make it a part of my future as well. Now that I have taken a few agronomy classes, it is really interesting to compare what dad had taught me to what I am learning more about now. Some the information, I never realized how much thought is put into every choice made on the family farm. I also enjoy talking to my dad about my class schedule becasue it is basically the same schedule that he had when he attended Purdue! I pulled out a syllabus for one of my classes and he said that is hadn't changed much from when he took the same class! So, I think it is neat that I am taking after my Dad and enjoying every second of it!
This summer I will be living in Lebanon, Indiana. I have a summer internship with Remington Seeds. I am excited to gain new experiences and meet new people. Thankfully, my start date is May 22, so I will have a few weeks to relax after I finish my freshmen year this spring!

Have a Great Weekend!

Ashley

Friday, April 14, 2017

Spring 2017

Hey Folks!

Things get busy as we reach the end of the semester. Final projects come around, and club business all needs to be resolved before the coming summer. This summer, I have the privilege of interning with Beck's Hybrids in Atlanta, IN. I am very excited for this opportunity and can't wait for whats in store! I found this opportunity through the fall career fair that the College of Agriculture puts on every year. Its the second largest agriculture career fair in the nation! Companies are always super excited to talk to you, because they understand the degree of intelligence you have as a Purdue student.

But before this summer comes along, I have a lot on campus to do. Last semester I was elected to the position of Agronomy Club president for this year, so we have a few end of the year things to wrap up. Besides that, classes and finals are almost in full swing. My two favorite classes this year have been Plant Biotechnology and  Global Ag Awareness. Plant Biotechnology is a challenging yet incredibly interesting class about the process of altering plants and what can be done with them. It has been one of the classes I have learned most in my entire college career! The other class, Global Ag Awareness, is an interesting class in which we discuss various regions of the world each week, the history of that region, and the problems that region is facing. I have learned a lot about world issues through that class. Besides that, I am staying on top of assignments, but ready for the summer.

Thanks for reading!

Nick Roysdon

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fall Semester

This past fall was a busy semester! As harvest wrapped up, my sorority kept me busy with barn dances, our fall philanthropy (where we sold warm cider, caramel corn, and long sleeve Comfort Color shirts to benefit Breaking New Ground, Indiana AgrAbility), and wrapping up my last semester as recruitment chair! Sigma Alpha is the professional agricultural sorority that I belong to, and have been a part of since my freshman year of college! Our mission is to cultivate professional women in agriculture. I have gained not only sorority sisters, but friendships that will last a lifetime! We are a professional sorority that meets once a week, on Monday nights for chapter. Currently, we don't have a house, but we are considering looking into Greek housing due to how much our chapter has grown in membership the past few years! Sigma Alpha currently has around 80 active members, which is a large membership for not having a designated Greek house. Our philanthropy, Breaking New Ground, is a huge reason why I joined Sigma Alpha. Breaking New Ground is an outreach of Purdue's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, that has become internationally recognized as the primary source for information and resources on rehabilitation technology for persons working in agriculture. Sigma Alpha raises monetary funds to provide assistance for farmers who may need more access into their farm machinery so that they can purchase lifts for their combines and tractors, and even wheelchair accessible ramps for their barns. I have an uncle who was involved in a farming accident, so Breaking New Ground is an organization near and dear to my heart! Here is the link to Indiana AgrAbility's website if anyone is interested in checking that out! https://engineering.purdue.edu/~bng/index.php

Below is a picture of myself and some of my Sigma Alpha sisters at our booth at the fall College of Ag Ice Cream social, which I recommend attending to check out College of Ag clubs and organizations!
Sigma Alpha Beta Chapter can be reached on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SigmaAlphaBetaChapter/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sigmaalpha_beta/ or username: @sigmaalpha_beta
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SigmaAlpha_Beta or username: @SigmaAlpha_Beta

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In October I started working in the Weed Science Department under Dr. Brian Young, as an undergraduate research assistant. BTNY 304, the Introduction to Weed Science course, was one of my favorite classes at Purdue that I took as a freshman, that was taught by Dr. Young. I highly recommend taking BTNY 304; I learned a lot about weed identification and Integrated Pest Management (IPM), that has been extremely helpful with summer agronomy internships! Because I enjoyed the Intro to Weed Science class so much, I became interested in working in Dr. Young's lab with his graduate students on their projects that mainly deal with understanding herbicide resistant mechanisms in weeds. I also picked up a Weed Science minor because I love learning about herbicides and weed management so much! I enjoy working in the greenhouses and being able to work with plants and research projects, while still being a full time student. Working on campus in a lab is convenient because I can work flexible hours in between classes. I am truly thankful for all of the undergraduate opportunities Purdue has to offer College of Agriculture students.

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Above is a picture of me in one of my dad's soybean fields! (These probably weren't 60 bu/A beans, but don't tell my dad I said that)! Haha!

He also said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed spouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain-first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because harvest has come." Mark 4:26-29 🌱🌽💓 



Also, this past fall, one of my close friends from home took senior pictures for my brother Jarren, who will be attending the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) this summer for Ag Diesel Mechanics.  It feels just like yesterday I was in his shoes, ending my senior year of high school, preparing for coming to Purdue! I am glad us Gremaux kids are keeping ag in the fam! Although Lima, Ohio, isn't close to Purdue, it is close to my hometown, so I will be making some trips home to Decatur, Indiana, to then visit my brother in college! 

Below is a picture of my brother and I, taken by my best friend from home, Addie Minnich. The Facebook page for the photography business that she is a part of, with another photographer is linked here: https://www.facebook.com/thelensqueen1/


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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spring Break in Italy!

Spring Break in Italy


            I am so blessed to have been able to spend an ENTIRE week in Italy! A fellow Agronomy Ambassador, Shelby Sigman and I spent our time exploring Parma, Florence, and Rome. We visited a vineyard that produces balsamic vinegar, and also a creamery where they produce parmigiano reggiano. We saw the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, David and many more beautiful sites. My absolute FAVORITE thing that I saw was the Trevi Fountain. The legend has it that the fountain was originally made for horses to get a drink. Then the story evolved that before the Roman soldiers would go to war, they would go to the fountain and pray to the gods that they would return safely to Rome after war. Then they would throw a coin over their shoulder into the fountain …. Luck is blind. Now the locals say that if you throw a coin in over your shoulder, you will one day return back to Rome. Here are some of my favorite pictures from my journey!
~ Madison Boston 
boston0@purdue.edu