Jared Thomas

Jared Thomas  

Philanthropic transfer student never looked back finding employment during and after Purdue

Hometown: Vincennes, Indiana

High school: Vincennes Rivet High School

Major: Ag Business

Why did you come to Purdue: After attending Vincennes University for a year I realized that Purdue was my best option to receive the best education and would help me receive a competitive position within the industry after graduation.

Coolest spot on campus: Beering Fountain

Favorite spot in Lafayette: The Mall

Favorite local eatery: Mountain Jacks

Best place to get coffee: Union Starbucks

Favorite Purdue tradition: Grand Prix 

Top three influences at Purdue: Dean Akridge, President Daniels, LeeAnn Williams

Five words to describe Purdue: Amazing, Challenging, Opportunity, Dedication, Pride

Favorite involvement at Purdue & in CoA: FarmHouse Fraternity.

Top five highlights of your career:


  • Serving on the Executive Board for FarmHouse
  • Being an Ag Ambassador
  • Raising $1,000,000 FTK with PUDM
  • Moving into the new FarmHouse
  • Participating in several Greek philanthropy
Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Participated in a Study Abroad 

Places you have been as a Purdue student:
  • Kansas City
  • Denver CO
Favorite Company you interned for: Monsanto 

Beef, Pork, Chicken, Seafood: Seafood

John Deere, Case, New Holland, Caterpillar: Case

Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota: Ford

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall: All but winter 

Planting, Growing, Harvest: Harvest 

Baby, Weaned, Market, Reproducing: Market 

Favorite thing you like about Agriculture: The opportunity and challenge. Agriculture has great opportunity for students at Purdue to do whatever they want. With these opportunities come great challenges. Obviously a hot topic in the industry today is how to feed the 9 Billion. This is a challenge that makes me really excited about agriculture and excited to be a part of the industry.  

Where would you have gone to school if you couldn’t chose Purdue: Vincennes University 

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Education

Favorite club/organization: FarmHouse

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: PUDM

Favorite Purdue event: Home Basketball Games 

Favorite dining court: Wiley 

Favorite place to study: Krannert 2nd floor

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

Favorite thing about CoA:  The diversity. A lot of “outsiders” do not understand all the different aspects of our college. 

Favorite thing about AGEC: The closeness between the students and the facility members. This major really allowed me to meet great people. 

Favorite thing about your major: The people. I love the people in my major and the friends I have been able to gain throughout my time here.

Favorite class: AGEC 430

Favorite professor: Dr. Schweitzer 

Coolest project: AGEC 430 CapSim 

Three biggest accomplishments:
  • Getting first place in my senior capstone
  • Receiving a full time job with the FSA
  • Participating in NAMA 
Things on your resume not listed above:
  • Relay for Life
  • Internships with AgriGold and Purdue Extension
Three words to describe you: Passionate, Caring, Dedicated 

What are you passionate for: I am passionate about all things I am involved with. I believe that no matter what you do you must be the best at doing it. With this motto I see myself became extremely passionate about all the clubs and organizations that I am in. 

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: The diversity. Still to this day I am learning of all the different parts of agriculture. It is amazing all the different parts that makes this industry so great. 

What motivates you: People doubting me or telling me I can’t do something. 

Favorite quote: If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.

Personal Motto: Be the best at whatever I do 

Accepted employment: Upon graduation I will be working for the Farm Service Agency as a County Officer Trainee (COT) in Indiana 

Where do you want to end up: I’d like to work my way up in the USDA and one day be a part of the state office. 

Advice for underclassman: Enjoy your time at Purdue and don’t be afraid to try new things. Purdue has given me so much and all it took was me to leave my comfort zone a couple times. 

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Life is always changing and giving you new signs. Keep an open mind and God will lead you in the direction he wants you to go.

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