​Now that Crops Judging career is wrapped up, headed home to manage family farm

Name: Aaron Krueger

Hometown: Owensville, IN

High school: Gibson Southern

Major & Concentration: Dual major with Farm Management and Soil & Crop Management (Agronomy)  

Why did you come to Purdue: I’ve bled black and gold since birth. I never applied or thought about going anywhere else.

Favorite Purdue tradition: Grand Prix

Top three influences at Purdue:
  • Sherry Fulk-Bringman
  • Jeff Bradford
  • Lee Schweitzer
Five words to describe Purdue:
  • Innovative
  • Tradition
  • Home
  • International
  • Family

Top five highlights of your career:
  1. Standing on top of the Cliffs of Moher
  2. Kissing the Blarney Stone at the top of Blarney Castle
  3. Having dinner on the 95th floor of the John Hancock building in Chicago for crops award banquet
  4. Watching the basketball team beat IU in Mackey to win the Big Ten regular season title
  5. Internship with Valent USA
Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Played more intramural sports

Places you have been as a Purdue student:
  • Study abroad- Ireland
  • Competitions- Nebraska, Kansas
  • Internships- South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Engineering

Favorite club/organization: Crops Judging Team

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Ag Week

Favorite Purdue event: Spring Fest

Favorite place to study: Krannert library

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Either in Krannert or Lily 

Favorite spot on campus: Mackey Arena

Favorite thing about CoA: There are many different opportunities/activities in which to get involved 

Favorite thing about AGEC: Faculty are extremely helpful and supportive in every way possible

Favorite thing about your major: Many great professors who have a wealth of knowledge and expertise that they are willing to share

Favorite class: AGEC 421- Advanced Commodity Marketing

Favorite professor: Dr. Hurt

Coolest project: Creating a website about earthworms for ENGL 106

Three biggest accomplishments:
  1. Maintaining a 4.0
  2. Placing top 10 in grain grading at Crops Judging contest in Chicago
  3. Graduating with a double major in 3 ½ years
Three words to describe you: 
  • Quiet
  • Attentive
  • Driven
What are you passionate for: The future of agriculture

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: Every year presents a new unique challenge

What motivates you: My family

Favorite quote: “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”- John Wooden

Personal Motto: “Rome wasn’t built in a day”

Accepted employment: Returning to take over management of the family farm

Where do you want to end up: Front cover of the Progressive Farmer

Advice for underclassman: Always look both ways before crossing the bike path

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: The Purdue family is truly international. Whether studying abroad, traveling the Midwest through internships, or just traveling with my family, I’ve networked with many Purdue alumni in which the conversation started solely because I was wearing a Purdue hat or t-shirt.

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