Wednesday, October 11, 2017

          Hello all I am Kyle Fogle an agronomics business and marketing major, and I am also minoring in farm management and food science management. I am a junior here at Purdue. I am also a transfer student from Ivy Tech Columbus region so this is only my second semester here at Purdue.

          The week that just past was a major week for a lot of people as it was the last week before the halfway point in the semester and also the four day weekend that is our fall break. Anther big happening this past week was the agriculture career fair where almost 200 businesses were represented. This event is very important as this is the basis for most internships and full time employment that will occur after seniors graduate or the summer begins. In many cases students have been preparing for some time and there is never as much opportunity on campus than this event. I had a very successful day and talk to several businesses along with being asked for a couple interviews.

     Now that we made it through this week kids can also say that the first round of exams are done and are preparing any projects and the next round. One project I am working on is I have to collect 15 weeds for a weed collection which has been a little different as there are 50 that can not be used, but from my internship with premier I have been able to collect all the specimens from the required ecosystems of row crop, clipped or mowed and untouched areas. Now enjoy the agronomy department and it has plenty of opportunities as long as there is a will to pursue them. I hope to see even more interest in agronomy in the years to come.

Boiler Up!

Kyle Fogle

Monday, October 2, 2017

Welcome Back!

Hello All!

My name is Nicholas Fanning, and I am currently a senior studying Agronomic Business and Marketing with a minor in Food and Agribusiness Management. I am originally from a small town outside of Fort Wayne called Huntertown, however my family now resides in Fishers, Indiana.

As this semester picks up steam and the weather starts to change I cannot help to think back the opportunity I had this summer working with AgReliant Genetics out of Lebanon, Indiana. AgReliant Genetics is the third largest seed corn company in the United States and have recently ventured into the soybean genetic market. My internship primarily consisted of working with their conversion nursery. The job of the conversion team was to make sure that GMO traits were properly getting into non-GMO corn, and that the appropriate proteins were present. What I love about internships is the fact that it is one giant learning experience. AgReliant Genetics was extremely helpful in teaching me why certain practices are done, explaining in simple terms some of the genetic processes, and allowing my experience to be multi-dimensional.

This semester I am again working for Dr. Shaun Casteel in Applied Soybean Production Research. My job primarily consists of helping graduate students process and analyze data, both in the field and in the lab. This experience has been extremely helpful in allowing me to understand the research side of production agriculture and has been a huge resume booster. I would highly recommend undergraduate research if you are given the opportunity.

I hope to see many of in the upcoming year and hope you fall in love with Purdue Agronomy like I have!

Boiler UP!!
Nicholas Fanning                  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

More Opportunities Every Day!

Hello Boiler Fans!

These past couple of weeks have bee getting into the crazy fall time. There is lots to do including conferences, contests, exams, jobs, football games, and many other activities to keep you busy! The biggest thing though as I am going through my senior year is I have noticed that you never really get into a pattern with extracurricular activities, because there is always more opportunities around the corner.

Even if I did settle to stay in the same organizations every year, there is so many new things to try. In agronomy club we get to travel to a different state every semester to learn more about agronomy and share our knowledge we have about the industry and our own club! Each semester is different and you can compete in different contests each year which gives you more experience to share with future employers and even agronomy club members. We also try to semester a little different in agronomy club with various speakers, panels, and tours that members can attend to learn not only about agronomy but about the world around them outside of agriculture.

Outside of travelling around the U.S. for organizations you would not believe the opportunities classes actually bring to you. If you take classes outside of agronomy you may have the chance to get involved with business clubs, innovation competition for grant money, various scholarships, or field trips that lead to future employment. Taking classes outside of your major I believe is an enlightening experience to just learn more about what is going on around campus, and learn more about the subjects you may encounter outside of your line of work.

If you have a desire to learn about more than just outside your major and want to learn about the world and world travel there are almost limitless study abroad choices. One can go over Christmas break, spring breaks, for 6 or 8 weeks in the summer, for a full semester, and the list goes on. Then there are the choices of where you want to go, and that's the hard part! You can go to developing countries for service learning projects, to developed countries to learn the differences in agriculture, or maybe even somewhere in between. Sky is the limit at Purdue if you just look hard enough for what you are wanting.

Essentially change is going to happen and not everyone likes change, but it always brings more opportunities with it. Opportunities to grow, to learn, to travel, and to make contacts with people from around the globe. When at Purdue, even in your senior year, don't settle and go ahead and take advantages of opportunities thrown your way because you never know that could lead to your first career opportunity.

Boiler Up!

Dakota Westphal

Monday, September 25, 2017

Another Semester Well Under Way

            My third semester here at Purdue continues to be going well. With the first four weeks finished and the fifth week starting, the first wave of exams are finished. In addition to school, things at work and activities with clubs continue to supply learning opportunities and experiences. At work, we are transitioning from projects in the field as the season ends to more projects in the lab and greenhouses. This past weekend at work, I collected soil and seed samples from a third potential waterhemp sight for Purdue to have test plots on next year. We also finished up our last field trial this past weekend. I enjoy working alongside grad students in weed science as I learn from the projects I help them with as well as the projects that Purdue Weed Science conducts as well. I look forward to working in the greenhouses again this semester since it provides a good break from school and allows me to earn a little bit of income in my free time as well.

            Agronomy Club is well on its way. We have just finished our third meeting this past week where we indulged on dinner and enjoyed fellowship as we listened to a couple members give speeches on a couple of agronomy related topics and experiences. We also had a work session a couple weeks ago where we put together different materials such as Munsell color charts or plant mounts and seeds that high schools purchase to help them prepare for different competitions. Not to mention that dinner was fried chicken!!! There was also an exceptional meeting for the Soil and Water Conservation Club this past month where we enjoyed dinner and listened to a former Purdue graduate talk about their career experiences since graduating Purdue. Purdue continues to be a great experience this semester, and I look forward to the weeks to come.

Agronomy Club

Good morning everyone!

I am Deatra Gremaux, a current senior majoring in Agronomic Business and Marketing, with minors in Food and Agribusiness Management and Weed Science at Purdue University. I am scheduled to graduate this spring semester in May of 2018. During my time at Purdue, I have been involved with Agronomy Club, and I serve as the social media director for it. Our club's Facebook and Instagram page has been a lot more active online, with posts about upcoming events, member participation, and general Purdue College of Agriculture events, like the annual College of Ag Ice Cream Social and fall Hog Roast. Current members and past Agronomy Club alumni, alike, are active on the pages, with liking and sharing our posts! Being in charge of the social media pages has allowed for me and other members to connect with previous members from other generations, which has been a great learning experience for all of us.

Agronomy Club meetings are weekly at 5:45 P.M., usually in Lily 2-245, unless we are taking a tour somewhere. During the meetings, we have work sessions, plan events we are participating on campus, work on SASES presentations, and have fun! Work sessions entail of making Munsell color charts and plant mounts, as well as seed identification packets for 4-H and FFA soil and crops judging teams.You don't have to be an agronomy major, or have an agronomy minor to join Agronomy Club! If interested in following us on social media, please like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram! We would love to stay connected with you!

Facebook: @PurdueAgronomyClub (Purdue University Agronomy Club)
Instagram: @purdueagronomyclub (Purdue Univ. Agronomy Club)

Being a part of Agronomy Club also allows for amazing networking opportunities! Recently, we attended a Syngenta leadership event on campus with other Purdue College of Agriculture clubs and organizations. Pictured below I am sitting (on the far right corner in the front) with some other Agronomy Club members and Agronomy Ambassadors, as well as a few Agricultural Systems Management club members.

-Boiler Up and happy Monday!
Deatra Gremaux

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Transferring to Purdue is a much simpler process then you are building it up to be! Once I got all my documents, such as my transcript, etc., sent over to Purdue with the help of my advisor from Ivy Tech and heard back from Purdue that I got accepted, the transition process was a lot easier than I had imagined it would go. I applied during the winter just before my last spring semester at Ivy Tech and I heard back from them in February or March I believe. From there they sent me a list of what the next steps were I needed to complete. The first step was to attend the Agriculture Transfer Day that was held at Purdue. That day I got to hear from a panel of currently enrolled students from all different departments within agriculture at Purdue. They also happened to be transfer students and had some great feedback for us, prospective students, on what to expect when becoming a future boilermaker. From there we were able to talk and get a quick glance within the departments of our choosing. The first department I chose to talk to was the agribusiness department, because that was my plan all along was to go for agriculture business. That department helped me figure out my course plan for the classes I would need to take but there was just something missing I wasn't getting from that department. So then I decided to go off and talk to the agronomy department, just to weigh out all my option. From there it was all history. The first person I was introduced to was Lee Schweitzer. He is one of the friendliest people you will ever meet. He took a look at my schedule and gave me a guideline sheet of what classes I would need to take if I chose the agronomy department based off of the major I chose. From there he went and introduced me to Sherry Fulk-Bringman. She took me under her wing instantly and basically taught me a weeks worth of soil science knowledge just from what was sitting out for the AGRY 255 (Introduction to Soil Science) students that week. Just the way those two people took care of me and made me feel at home made my decision that much easier when deciding to choose agronomy as my department. From there I needed to attend STAR day, which is Summer Transition Advising and Registration. That day everything happened. You went and heard from the Purdue Agriculture Dean of Students about Purdue Agriculture. I mean it was a room full of 20-30 students along with there parents and or guardian so it was pretty interactive, he helped answer any general questions students or even parents had which was very helpful. Then they split us up based off of which department we applied for which my department happened to be agronomy, obviously, and from there they then helped me by making any revision of classes that I needed to make sure and take to complete the guideline list for the major I chose, then they helped me register for those classes to set up my fall semester. From there STAR day was basically over unless again you had any questions that you may have wanted to run by your advisor or anyone else in that department. Then before the semester started there was a couple of documents that are posted on blackboard that you have to complete before a certain deadline but other than that really you are ready to start your first semester at Purdue University! I mean the process really couldn’t get much easier than the way they had it set up. They walk you through everything you need to complete and present to you step by step how everything needs to be done. I best thing is if you have any questions about anything you are uncertain of they are more than glad to help you or point you in the right direction of who you should talk to about your problem. If you are looking for that type of interaction with faulty and also looking for a place you can call a second home then the Purdue agronomy department is where you will find it.

Boiler Up!

Nathan Slavens

Saturday, September 16, 2017

MACA Conference 2017

Hello everyone,

Last week, I had the opportunity to represent Purdue at the annual Mid America CropLife (MACA) conference in Kansas City, MO. I applied for the young leader scholarship last semester and was chosen in the spring to be apart of the program. The program provides an opportunity to have an all expenses paid trip to the annual conference along with a scholarship to assist with college expenses.

Young Leader Scholarship Recipients
I arrived in Kansas City and took part in a professional development session with industry hosts. We learned how to present ourselves in an interview and how important it is to share our story. During the remainder of the conference, I had the opportunity to do a lot of networking with representatives from all of the major crop protection companies, such as Monsanto, Dow Dupont, Syngenta, and many more. It was refreshing to see companies that compete with each other come together in collaboration on developing new safety standards, advocation, and industry updates. The abundance of kindness from everyone made me appreciate MACA and what they do for the industry at a new level.

My Industry hosts and I
As I return to Purdue, I am thankful for all the opportunities that the college of agriculture has to offer its students. In the Agronomy department, we are blessed with great faculty and staff that invest in us and help us accomplish our dreams through the many opportunities that Purdue offers.

Boiler Up!

Andrew Chupp

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