Got involved, left comfort zone, explored new opportunities; taking much experience back to family farm

Name: Jace Geiger

Hometown: Markle, IN

High school: Norwell High School

Major & Concentration: Farm Management with a minor in Crop Science

Why did you come to Purdue: Some of my earliest memories are carpet-farming with my toy tractors on the living room floor, and my dad telling me that someday I would attend Purdue to get an agricultural degree in business, and come back to join the farm as the next generation. I never really questioned that plan, and after attending 4H workshops and FFA state conventions held at Purdue throughout the summers, I fell in love with campus and the College of Agriculture and never looked back!

Favorite Purdue Tradition: Grand Prix Race

Top three influences at Purdue:

  1. FarmHouse Fraternity
  2. Dr. Tracie Egger
  3. Dr. Marcos Fernandez

Five words to describe Purdue:

  • Global
  • Impactful
  • Passionate
  • Genuine
  • Developmental

Top five highlights of your career:

  1. BGR
  2. Fun memories with room mates
  3. Intramurals
  4. B1G football games
  5. B1G basketball games

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Looking back one thing that I wish I would've taken time to do is study abroad. Everyone that I have ever talked to that has studied abroad has had nothing but great experiences to talk about. And there are so many awesome destinations to choose from!

Places you have been as a Purdue student:

  • Kansas City, MO – AFA Leaders Conference

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Business Management

Favorite club/organization: Agricultural Ambassadors

Favorite student-led event/initiative: The College of Agriculture Hog Roast, the Moonlight Pancake Breakfast, and Hammer Down Hunger are great opportunities to hang out with friends and professors and have fun catching up and making memories!

Favorite Purdue event: I cannot think of anything more electrifying than a night football game in Ross Ade stadium under the lights with a beautiful Indiana fall sunset in the background.

Favorite place to study: FarmHouse Fraternity basement conference room.

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Going for walks across campus on nice evenings.

Favorite spot on campus: Memorial Mall in the springtime when the trees are bloomed, and the fountains are turned on.

Favorite thing about CoA: First and foremost, the people! The friendships formed with students and faculty are what I will cherish most from my time at Purdue, and the College of Agriculture truly is a close-knit family.

Favorite thing about AGEC: My favorite part of being a student in the AGEC department is getting to know and work with our advisors and professors. The AGEC department is full of incredible people who genuinely want to see students succeed. I have really enjoyed the relationships I have formed throughout my four years and am thankful for their guidance throughout my college career.

Favorite thing about your major: The exposure to professors like Dr. Chris Hurt and Dr. Michael Langemeier who are extremely active in extension work and are leaders in the production agriculture industry. Along with the friendships and connections made with classmates from all around the state who are also planning to return to the farm.

Favorite class: AGEC 425 Estate Planning

Favorite professor: Way too many to narrow down to just one! Kyle Mandeville, Lee Schweitzer, Tim Baker, Chris Hurt, Michael Langemeier just to name a few…

Coolest project: AGEC 412 Financial Analysis of Our Own Farm

Three biggest accomplishments:

  1. Meeting life-long friends
  2. Becoming an Agricultural Ambassador
  3. Graduating with a degree in Farm Management

Things on your resume not listed above:

  • I love projects of improvement
  • I strive to learn something new everyday
  • I am avid reader

Three words to describe you:

  • Kind
  • Encouraging
  • Servant-leader

What are you passionate for: Serving others, helping people realize their value, and striving to leave the world better than I found it.

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: To me, the agriculture industry is exciting! It is fascinating to me that so many people from both similar and completely different backgrounds come together with a common passion. Although agriculture is a large industry, everyone has their own areas of interest and specialization that are important to the function of the industry as a whole. And there are always new challenges that we are faced with, which bring about innovative solutions and technologies.

What motivates you: Making a positive difference in the lives of others

Favorite quote: "Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom to many" – Matthew 20:26-28

Personal motto: Be a blessing to someone today!

Accepted employment: Returning back to the family farm, Geiger Enterprises, Inc., in Markle, IN.

Where do you want to end up: My dream is to continue to progress the farm forward adding upon the success of previous generations, while working together alongside my mother and father, younger brother and sister, each with families of our own, including the next generation!

Advice for underclassman: Get involved, get out of your comfort zone, explore new opportunities and new territories. Then help to encourage the same thing for others, and genuinely get to know those around you! At the end of the day, it's all about the relationships that you've made and the lives that you've impacted.

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Purdue truly has a global presence, and the College of Agriculture displays that in so many areas, and so many ways. What I feel is unique to Purdue and the College of Ag, is the sincerity and passion of everyone involved.

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