Passion, energy & enthusiasm abundantly radiate from this Agriculture advocate
Name: Mindy Boyer
Hometown: Kirklin, Indiana
High school: Clinton Central
Major: Applied Agricultural Economics & Agricultural Communication
Why did you come to Purdue? Growing up, I always thought Purdue was too big of a school for me, but I chose Purdue because of the College of Agriculture. However, in high school, I was really interested in pharmacy, and Purdue is one of few schools in the state with a pharmacy program. For a while, the College of Ag was my back-up plan. Near the end of my senior year in high school after being involved in FFA, I decided to major in Ag Communication. I had always loved my agriculture and English classes, so Ag Comm was a great fit for me. I picked up Ag Econ as a second major after one semester, and I’m so glad I did!
Coolest spot on campus: the Horticulture Gardens in the fall and spring
Favorite spot in Lafayette: I actually prefer driving around outside of Lafayette, such pretty rural scenery!
Favorite local eatery: DT Kirby’s
Best place to get coffee: Greyhouse, but no coffee for me…I love their hot chocolate & caramel apple cider, though!
Best place to live: Anywhere on campus so that I don’t have to drive…and park! I loved the residence halls my freshman year, but I’ve really enjoyed apartment living, too.
Favorite Purdue tradition: the Homecoming Parade. It always makes me feel so proud to go to Purdue.
Top three influences at Purdue: my academic and club advisors; my classmates and friends at school; my student organization experiences
Five words to describe Purdue: opportunity, tradition, pride, grateful, home
Favorite involvement at Purdue: Serving as an Old Masters host. I had such a fun time during the program & in CoA: Ag Week Task Force. I love working with friends to share agriculture with others.
Top five highlights of your career
- Getting accepted to Purdue
- Competing in national FFA contests
- Being on the Dean’s List
- Serving as president of Ag Week Task Force
- Traveling to Europe and Central America: Romania for a Maymester; France, Germany and Switzerland for a judging trip; and Nicaragua for a mission trip.
Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Attended an Old Oaken Bucket football game
Places you have been as a Purdue student:
- Romania – I got to milk a dairy cow and tour Dracula’s castle, all in the same day!
- Moline, Illinois – During my last internship, I lived right along the Mississippi River, which was beautiful. And I met so many amazing people!
- I’ve also been to Kansas City, Manhattan (KS), Orlando, and St. Louis to agriculture conferences.
- I’m headed to Italy for a study abroad trip over spring break!
Favorite Company you interned for: This is a hard question for me because I’ve absolutely loved each company I’ve had the chance to intern with. But, my favorite experience was with John Deere last summer as a brand management intern.
Beef, Pork, Chicken, Seafood: I like them all, but I’d chose beef.
John Deere, Case, New Holland, Caterpillar: John Deere for sure! My family has always been big fans…I even have baby pictures with John Deere tractors.
Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota: I actually prefer GMC! But with these, I pick Chevy.
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall: Summer!!! By far my favorite with the sunshine and time spent outside
Planting, Growing, Harvest: Harvest. I always look forward to combine rides with my dad.
Baby, Weaned, Market, Reproducing: A tough one because I love baby animals, but I’ll have to go with market animals.
Favorite thing you like about Agriculture: The genuine caring attitude for service to others held by so many people in this field
Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Elementary Education, for sure! I think I would love to be a teacher.
Favorite club/organization: Ag Econ Envoys – always lots of talking and lots of food, which were great for me!
Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Ag Week! This is one of my very, very favorite things about my time here! I love that we can celebrate and spread the word about our industry with the Purdue community.
Favorite Purdue event: Ag Council’s Midnight Pancake Breakfast. This is always such a fun time to catch up with a bunch of friends.
Favorite dining court: Earhart, my go-to during freshman year.
Favorite place to study: Anywhere outside, as long as it’s warm
Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: the Ag Admin building. It was almost embarrassing how much time I spent there!
Favorite spot on campus: The third floor of Lilly library by the windows that overlook campus
Favorite thing about CoA: All of the opportunities. I have been incredibly grateful for the many learning experiences I’ve had in the College—from publishing a research article to competing in the Farmer Olympics, the opportunities here are endless.
Favorite thing about AGEC: The people. I feel really comfortable in this department because AGEC brings such a welcoming and family-like atmosphere to the university
Favorite thing about your major: I love that Ag Econ is such a broad field, but that it also seems to have a common goal of propelling agriculture forward. For Ag Comm, I love that I get to share the story of agriculture with others.
Favorite class: COM 204: Critical Perspectives in Communication. This class required a good deal of thinking and attention, but it taught me a lot about how to effectively communicate.
Favorite professor: Dr. Abigail Borron. I first met Abigail during my STAR visit. Since then, she has made an amazing impact on me. I loved having her as a professor and mentor. Abigail is now teaching at the University of Georgia, but I did get to see her when visiting a Georgia friend during fall break!
Coolest project: During my Maymester in Romania, our group partnered with Heifer International to create promotional pieces for the company. During the trip, I got to stay with two host families—beneficiaries of Heifer Romania. We interviewed them about their farms, tested their cattle for mastitis, and made videos about the families’ experiences. We even presented our projects at Heifer Romania headquarters.
Biggest three accomplishments:
- I wrote a blog post about 4-H that was viewed several thousand times. People from across the nation shared it on Facebook, which was crazy to me!
- I’m grateful to serve on Mortar Board this year. It’s been great to meet other students from across campus!
- I strive to be a good role model for my two younger siblings. Although sometimes this isn’t the biggest accomplishment, it definitely means a lot to me!
Things on your resume not listed above: I interned with the Indiana State Fair Education Department. During that summer, I helped build the world’s largest popcorn ball. One of my best friends from elementary and I had the chance to be interns with the Indiana Soybean Alliance together. We worked a bit with ethanol, and through our work we got to go to the Brickyard 400.
Three words to describe you: Positive, Caring, Energetic
What are you passionate for: I used to always say that I was passionate about agriculture. But now, I’m trying to be most passionate about helping others via agriculture—whether that’s bringing awareness about Ag issues or contributing to Ag literacy and education.
What intrigues you about the Ag industry: That the industry so incredibly important. How neat is it that Agriculture literally feeds, clothes and fuels the world?!
What motivates you: I’m happy when I know the work I’m doing can benefit other people. That idea helps motivate me at school and internships.
Favorite quote: “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but rather a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.”
Personal Motto: “What are three positive things that happened to me today?” This isn’t really a motto, but I try to ask myself this when I’m having a tough day. The simple reminder of how blessed I am helps put things in perspective.
Accepted employment? Company, position, location: Yes! I’ll be working as a sales trainee for Dow AgroSciences. I’m not sure of my location yet, but I’m very excited and grateful for this opportunity!
Where do you want to end up: I want to be a liaison between production agriculture and consumers, working to make sure people feel comfortable with the food they put on their tables and how that food was produced. I also would love to work on more important, big picture agricultural issues, such as hunger and rural development.
Advice for underclassman: Find something that you’re passionate about and jump in – whether that’s clubs, work, research, or something else. I remember being a little intimidated to get involved on campus my freshman year, but I’m so glad I got past that and can devote my time to causes I care about.
Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Although I’ve learned a lot in the classroom, the most important that I’ve learned at Purdue is the value of relationships. I am incredibly grateful and for all the wonderful friendships I’ve made during my time here.