Made college a personal experience and pursued the things that unveiled passion

Name: Nelson Knobloch

Hometown: Wolcott, IN

High school: Homeschool

Major & Concentration: Agribusiness Management

Why did you come to Purdue: When I was considering collegiate education, affordability was a big part of my decision. Purdue's low cost of tuition and world-renowned reputation made Purdue the easy, economical, and logical choice.

Favorite Purdue tradition: I love a good fountain run!

Top influences at Purdue:

  1. AFA Leaders Conference
  2. Brother, Grant Knobloch

Five words to describe Purdue:

  • Competitive
  • Community
  • Challenging
  • Transformative
  • Innovative

Top five highlights of your career:

  1. Speaking at the Ag Alumni Fish Fry
  2. Ag Ambassador Leadership Summit in Tampa, FL
  3. FryDay with Ag Week Task Force, Ag Ambassadors, and Ag Council
  4. Study Abroad in Laos
  5. Farm Credit Scholarship Program in Gettysburg, PA

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: I absolutely loved involvement in the College of Ag and don't have a lot of "wish I would have's", but I wish I would have gotten involved in an organization that served the entire university, and not just the College, which would have allowed me to get to know a more broad group of students.

Places you have been as a Purdue student:

  • Thailand, Laos, Tampa, FL, Kansas City, MO, St. Louis, MO, New York City, NY, Indianapolis, IN, Waterloo, IA, Olathe, KS, Moline, IL, Anaheim, CA, Chicago, IL, Louisville, KY, Gettysburg, PA.

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Selling and Sales Management or Financial Counseling & Planning.

Favorite club/organization: Ag Ambassadors. I've had the chance to be a part of several different organizations, and Ag Ambassadors has given me the chance to recruit the next generation of Boilermakers. There's nothing more exciting than hearing from a prospective student that you were a part of their college decision!

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Moonlight Pancake Breakfast! I've always enjoyed the chance to catch up with friends and enjoy some quality pancakes!

Favorite Purdue event: Purdue Football and Basketball games!

Favorite place to study: AGAD 121 or the Krannert building.

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: My apartment complex on Marstellar.

Favorite spot on campus: The Horticulture Garden is one of most beautiful places on campus, especially with the recent renovation.

Favorite thing about CoA: The community and diversity of interests. It's like a mini-university packaged within a college. It's a really a neat experience getting to work and collaborate with students and faculty from engineering, life sciences, environmental & natural resources, education, business, and others. Everyone within the College makes it feel like a family.

Favorite thing about AGEC: The outstanding faculty and instructors in the AGEC department and the deep ties to industry.

Favorite thing about your major: The diverse and variety of opportunity and areas of study. Through my coursework I go to explore many different areas of interest, including business management, finance, accounting, marketing, sales, supply chain, business strategy, employee development, and different areas of economics. It was through my classes that I found what I was truly passionate about.

Favorite class: AGEC 330 with Dr. Barnard. I absolutely loved the hands-on simulation and experiential learning in the class.

Favorite professor: My favorite professor was Dr. Schweitzer who taught AGRY 375. Schweitzer is one of the most caring and engaging people I know. His energy and fun personality made for a fantastic learning environment and you could tell how much he values every student.

Coolest project: Planning a conference for over 1300 attendees through AFA.

Three biggest accomplishments:

  1. Student Advisory Team with Agriculture Future of America
  2. Outstanding Sophomore in the College of Agriculture
  3. Internships with Deere.

Things on your resume not listed above: Issues 360 Class V Fellow, Farm Credit Mid-America College Leader Scholarship Program, Ag Systems Management Club Secretary

Three words to describe you:

  • People-oriented
  • Caring
  • Adventurous

What are you passionate for: I'm passionate about people and agriculture. One thing college has taught me is that relationships are everything. People need each other, and even though building those relationships takes a lot of hard work, time and investment, the results are 110% worth it. People are what get you through the hard times and celebrate the good times with you. I love agriculture because of the people who make it such a great industry and mission we all serve through growing food and fiber for the next generation. I love going to work knowing that what I do ensures that more people are fed and clothed than yesterday.

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: There's a lot happening in the Ag industry right now with the large number of start-ups, volatility in the commodity markets, huge amount of technology impacting our industry. We've seen a lot of advancements and changes in the industry in the last 40 years, and I think that the next 10-20 years will be the most exciting times of them all! I can't wait to see how the move towards autonomy, robotics, and leveraging data to make decisions, all while simultaneously working towards greater sustainability, will continue to impact the industry!

What motivates you: I'm motivated by making a positive impact on the lives of other people, whether through a smile, a kind word, or an action.

Favorite quote: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" – Maya Angelou

Personal Motto: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

Accepted employment: I have accepted a position with John Deere in their Ag & Turf Marketing Development Program (location TBD)

Where do you want to end up: I really enjoy working in the crop production segment of agriculture and want to support this sector by working with growers and other agriculturalists to find and implement innovative solutions to drive profitability, efficiency, and sustainability.

Advice for underclassman: Involvement is a huge part of your college experience, and everyone approaches it differently. Make it your own experience and pursue the things you're passionate about. There is such a thing as too involved. You'll know when you are.

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: College isn't just about earning a degree, it's about your personal growth and development as an individual. I look back at the person I was as a freshman and who I am today and am amazed the difference I see in myself.  Purdue is a place of great people and great memories, and I will never forget my time here.


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