Local product leaving to feed the world after seeing much of it through Purdue experiences


Name: Zebediah Davis

Hometown: Reynolds, IN

High school: Frontier Jr./Sr. Highschool

Major & Concentration: Agribusiness Management with a certificate in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and minors in Landscape & Turf and Supply Chain Technologies

Why did you come to Purdue: Growing up on a farm 25 minutes north of Purdue, I was raised on Boilermaker basketball and agriculture. I knew Purdue was for me when I found out I could have both so close to home. With a prestigious ranking across the country in both basketball and agriculture, I decided early on studying agriculture at Purdue was a good place to call home.

Favorite Purdue tradition: Singing "Hail Purdue" with my fellow Boilermakers!

Top three influences at Purdue:

  1. Barry Delks
  2. Traveling around the world and experiencing international agriculture in Costa Rica and Italy
  3. Coming to Purdue from a small town and being exposed to a diverse culture of beliefs and backgrounds.

Five words to describe Purdue:

  • Rigorous
  • Influential
  • Constructive
  • Life-Changing
  • Grateful

Top five highlights of your career:

  1. Brazil Youth Agriculture Summit
  2. President of Agribusiness Club
  3. Indianapolis Mini Marathon
  4. Teaching Assistant fir AGEC 430
  5. Union Pacific Railroad Summer Internship

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Explored more outside of the College of Agriculture.

Places you have been as a Purdue student:

  • Italy study abroad
  • Costa Rica study abroad
  • Omaha, Nebraska with Union Pacific Railroad
  • Davenport, Iowa-with Elanco Animal Health
  • Brasilia, Brazil for the Bayer Youth Agriculture Summit
  • Kansas City for the Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference
  • Washington DC for the Farm Bureau Crop Lock Up
  • Washington DC for the Nestle Leadership Diversity Symposium

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

Favorite club/organization: Agribusiness Club

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Ag Week

Favorite Purdue event: Boilermaker Basketball in Mackey Arena

Favorite place to study: Loeb Fountain

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Krannert

Favorite spot on campus: Memorial Mall – able to see Purdue Bell Tower and Agriculture Campus

Favorite thing about CoA: Purpose driven college – everyone within the college is passionate about feeding the world in some shape or form and they show that. Being surrounded by this kind of community drives you to be better yourself!

Favorite thing about AGEC: Family connectedness feel

Favorite thing about your major: The broad applicability within the agriculture industry. There is flexibility and the option to touch any section of agriculture with this degree.

Favorite class: AGEC 430

Favorite professor: Dr. John Lee

Coolest project: 1a) Bayer Global Hunger Project focused around sustainability, feeding a growing population, and livestock; 1b) AGEC 430 Capstone Project

Three biggest accomplishments:

  1. Youth Agriculture Summit-Brazil
  2. Agribusiness Club President
  3. AGEC 430 Teaching Assistant

Things on your resume not listed above: 10-Year 4-H Member, American Farmer FFA Degree

Three words to describe you:

  • Driven
  • Kind
  • Passionate

What are you passionate for: Producing a high-quality food product, raising healthy animals, and making this world a little better than I found it.

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: Everything moves with agriculture. People eat through agriculture, people drive through agriculture, people are housed through agriculture, people are employed through agriculture, and so much more. Everything starts at the root of agriculture, it truly is a purpose-driven industry: Feed the World!

What motivates you: Family, Faith, and Feeding People

Favorite quote: "If you have a 10-year plan of how to get somewhere, you should ask: Why can't you do this in 6 months?" 

Personal Motto: Take what you find and make it better and better.

Where do you want to end up: Indiana!

Advice for underclassman: 4 years goes by fast, don't spend time being hesitant about something. Take the internship across the country, accept the teaching assistant position, become president of a club. Be a doer, not a watcher.

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Purdue is a place with many ideas and beliefs. It is up to you to decide your path: Where you spend your time, what you achieve, who you interact with, and the impact you leave. This can be carried into life. Everyone is presented a different set of cards; how you play them determines if you win or lose!


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