Jared Baird

Jared Baird  
Hometown: Scottsburg, IN

High school: Salem High School

Major: Agribusiness Management

Why did you come to Purdue: I knew I wanted to be in agriculture and I knew that I wanted a good education. I didn't apply anywhere else. I told my Mom that if I didn't get in, I wasn't going to college. Thankfully, I was accepted.

Coolest spot on campus: Anywhere the wind is blowing and it’s in the single digits. On a more serious note, it's neat to walk around campus at night with snow on to look at the monuments and campus lights.

Favorite local eatery: Harry's has an exceptional breaded tenderloin.

Best place to live: I've lived in the same apartment for four years, so it's been a good place to live.

Favorite Purdue tradition: The Moonlight Pancake Breakfast

Top three influences at Purdue: Agriculture Future of America, traveling to Haiti and Bolivia studying abroad, and the classes AGEC 310 and ANSC 441.

Five words to describe Purdue: Family, innovative, opportunity, rewarding, and passionate. 

Favorite involvement at Purdue: Ag Council and Agricultural Ambassadors

Top five highlights of your career: Two stellar internship experiences, serving as Ag Council President, serving as an Agricultural Ambassador, 2013 Indiana Farm Family of the Year, and meeting some of the best friends in the world!

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Been involved in clubs outside the CoA.

Places you have been while at Purdue: I have traveled to Haiti and Bolivia over Winter Break. I have had two stellar sales internships; one with AgriGold, and one with Beck's Hybrids. My freshman summer I worked in the business that my brother and I have together. Some highlighted conferences include: Agriculture Future of America (AFA) and the Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Conference.

Favorite Company you interned for: AgriGold

Beef, Pork, Chicken, Seafood: I'm not too picky, so I enjoy them all!

John Deere, Case, New Holland, Caterpillar: New Holland

Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota: Ford

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall: Fall

Planting, Growing, Harvest: Harvest

Baby, Weaned, Market, Reproducing: Baby animals are pretty cute. My family has Boer goats and we are now in kidding season.

Favorite thing you like about Agriculture: The seasonal changes and the work that goes on with each change.

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Management or Finance.

Favorite club/organization: Ag Ambassadors

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Purdue Ag Week

Favorite Purdue event: Purdue Ag Week

Favorite dining court: Wiley

Favorite place to study: Ag Administration, 121

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Ag Administration, 121

Favorite spot on campus: Ag Administration, 121

Favorite thing about CoA: The CoA is filled with so many different opportunities and is like a small family in the midst of a big campus.

Favorite thing about AGEC: It is filled with people that are some of the best friends that I never knew that I had before Purdue.

Favorite thing about your major: I have the opportunity to take classes that actually apply to what I will be doing in my future career and I also learn things that I can take home and incorporate into the farm.

Favorite class: AGEC 310, Farm Mangement with Dr. Widmar

Favorite professor: Dr. Widmar

Coolest project: Working on putting together events like the Moonlight Pancake Breakfast with Ag Council

Things on your resume not listed above: I absolutely love working on family's agritourism operation in the Fall.

Three words to describe you: Sarcastic, passionate, and considerate.

What are you passionate for: I am passionate about my family's business. I enjoy working collectively with my family as we continue to build our agritourism operation.

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: It is so diverse! Having a conversation with a farmer from California is way different than having one with someone from the Midwest, or even the East Coast.

What motivates you: The thought that I know that I will be successful someday. In the meantime, it is necessary to take the small steps to set myself up for success in the future.

Favorite quote: Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the corn field. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

Personal Motto: Shut up, get up, and get going.

Accepted employment? Company, position, location: AgReliant Genetics as a Sales Trainee in Indiana

Where do you want to end up: I want to continue staying involved on my family's farm while I gain more experiences working for AgReliant Genetics. I would enjoy moving into a managerial position someday where I would have the opportunity to work with others, helping them to succeed. I also want to keep my mind open to entrepreneurial ventures. 

Advice for underclassman: Don't put off getting involved in organizations, or anything really; my last situations have flown by. Find a mentor who is a year or two older who can help guide you when you get in tough situations.

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Under promise, over deliver and do the things that can set you apart from the competition and keep looking for the ways that you can illustrate value to the people that you work with.​

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