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
three influences at Purdue: Agriculture Future of America, traveling to
Haiti and Bolivia studying abroad, and the classes AGEC 310 and ANSC
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
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.
thing about AGEC: It is filled with people that are some of the best
friends that I never knew that I had before Purdue.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.