Callen Duffy

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Callen Duffy
Major in Agricultural business, economics, finance, minor in international ag
Eagan, MN

I currently serve as President of Economics Club, Vice President of Selections for the Cardinal Key Honor Society and as the Professional Meetings Committee Chair for the Agricultural Business Club. I am also on the Ag Business Club’s Quiz Bowl team.

Taylor Dohlman

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Taylor Dohlman
Major in agricultural business, minor in international ag
Chester, IA

Growing up on a farm, in Chester, Iowa, I always knew I wanted to go into a career in agriculture. Choosing to come to Iowa State and join CALS was an easy decision because of the great support from advisors and professors as well as the amazing job placement rate the college offers.

Garret Hemesath

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Garret Hemesath
Major in agricultural business, economics
Decorah, IA

I grew up on a family farm in Decorah, Iowa where we grow corn and soybeans and independently raise hogs. With three of my four older siblings having graduated from Iowa State, I quickly became aware at a young age of all of the opportunities the university can offer.

Gary Wynne

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Gary Wynne
Major in agricultural business and international ag, minor in Spanish

Gary found his passion for agriculture while growing up on a family farm in Alexis, Illinois. After studying abroad in Spain, he found an interest in international relations and a desire to travel. In addition to Spain, Gary has traveled with Iowa State programs to the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. 

Jessica Mathe

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As a transfer student from Black Hawk East, I was ready for a change from the community college experience. I knew Iowa State was going to be a great change of pace, but I had no idea the path it would take me on.

My first semester at ISU was a learning curve. Trying to meet new people, get involved in clubs, and not drown in class work. By second semester, I was a seasoned pro. I had made friends, joined clubs, and hadn’t failed any classes!

Kayleigh Koch

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Kayleigh Koch
Major in agricultural business
Hawkeye, IA

I was active within clubs in high school, and that did not change when I started as a student in Agricultural Business. I became involved with many clubs including Agricultural Business Club, NAMA, ACT, Alpha Zeta, and Sigma Alpha. I have also had the privilege of serving as an Ambassador for CALS.

Sergio Lence

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Teaching and Research — The Right Balance

Sergio Lence was raised on a farm near Carlos Casares, Argentina. After high school, his interest in agriculture compelled him to study agronomy at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). He looked forward to tasting big city life during his college years, though he always intended to return to farming after getting his undergrad degree. Lence took an interest in economics and ended up doing his thesis on the futures market in Buenos Aires.

Martha Smith

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Talking Tough – 4 Tips for Advocating for Agriculture

Martha Smith is good at getting her point across. So good in fact, her skills earned her a national title, a new truck and recognition on the floor of the Colorado Senate.

Smith (’04 ag business, international ag) won the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet in January in Nashville, Tennessee. Her prize included a new Ford truck and her national title earned her a tribute from the General Assembly at the Colorado State Capitol on January 31, 2018.

Geert Boelen

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Catching the entrepreneurship bug at Iowa State

For a young man who grew up dairy farming, Geert Boelen has found a novel way to diversify his future farm business.

Boelen may have come a long way from his childhood home, but farming has been a constant. Eight years ago, he and his family relocated from a dairy farm in the Netherlands to one in Brooklyn, Iowa. With his agricultural focus, he decided Iowa State was the perfect place to pursue a higher education.

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