​Became passionate about the advancement of technology and innovation in agriculture; accepted employment in equipment industry



Name: Ezra Kies

Hometown: Monticello, IN

High school: Twin Lakes High School

Major & Concentration: Dual majoring in Agribusiness with a concentration in Management & Ag Systems Management 

Why did you come to Purdue:  I came to Purdue because I knew that no matter what, my degree would mean something to the world and to myself. I came to Purdue as a Freshman with an undecided major. Since I didn’t know what I wanted to do, I wanted to go to a school that would be credible no matter what degree I chose. It just so turns out that I decided to go with Agriculture which as we all known Purdue is known for around the world.  

Top three influences at Purdue: 
  1. EDPS 105
  2. AGEC 203 with John Lee
  3. Dr. Michael Gunderson

Five words to describe Purdue:
  • Diverse
  • Distinguished
  • Welcoming
  • Established
  • Leaders


Top five highlights of your career:
  1. Getting a job with John Deere
  2. Meeting Madeline Doudt
  3. Being the President of the Purdue Bass Fishing Club
  4. Watching Purdue beat #2 Ohio State in Ross Aid
  5. Watching Purdue Basketball beat Michigan State in Mackey Sophomore year
Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Study abroad

Places you have been as a Purdue student:
  • Internships:
    • Mason City, Iowa – Production Management Intern - Cargill
    • Ottumwa, Iowa – Customer Product Support Intern – John Deere
Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Management

Favorite club/organization: Purdue Bass Fishing Club

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Purdue Ag Week



Favorite Purdue event: Old Oaken Bucket game

Favorite place to study: 2nd floor of Krannert (booths on the north wall)

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: I used to be found mostly in the ABE building (until the demolition – Now it is definitely Krannert



Favorite thing about CoA: I love the fact that the college of Ag is a family atmosphere. Walking into Ag buildings feels like home. Everyone is friendly and are truly good, salt of the earth people.

Favorite thing about AGEC: My favorite thing about AGEC by far is the capstone class. AGEC 430 is a great example of pooling together the knowledge obtained by students and using it all in one class.

Favorite thing about your major: The people

Favorite class: AGEC 430

Favorite professor: Dr. Michael Gunderson

Coolest project: Design of a medical research hog farm in ASM 333



Three biggest accomplishments:
  1. Deans list all semesters
  2. Graduating with two degrees
  3. Purdue Bass Fishing Club President

Three words to describe you:
  • Encouraging
  • Confident
  • Approachable

What are you passionate for: I am passionate about the advancement of technology and innovation in agriculture.

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: The always-evolving landscape…. New technologies, ways to do things, room for improvement

What motivates you: The thought of one day farming my own ground

Favorite quote: “Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right” – Henry Ford

Personal Motto: Hard work always prevails

Accepted employment: John Deere as a Customer/Product Support Representative

Where do you want to end up: Central Indiana

Advice for underclassman: It is never too early to think about your future career

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: There are takeaways in everything that you do, even if what you are doing seems pointless. 

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