Stevenson says American Royal Scholars program was a highlight of her college career
Last year, Paige Stevenson (Senior; CMRK; Brazil, IN) had the honor of participating in the American Royal Scholars program, a program that allows outstanding college students to advocate for agriculture, leadership, and the American Royal.Read more​.

Fogg and Lucas share excitement for Ag Week Task Force
Kayla Fogg (Freshman; AGMG; Rushville, IN) and Matthew Lucas (Sophomore; CMRK; Freetown, IN) are first year members of Ag Week Task Force, a team that advocates for Ag Week. Ag Week is an event that engages students by promoting agriculture on Purdue’s campus. The Task Force includes two committees, which together ensure that Ag Week is successful. The team does everything from raising funds for events, to communicating and coordinating with 30 individual clubs in the College of Agriculture, to planning and executing events during Ag Week. Read more.

Keller raises funds for Indiana Special Olympics by “Freezin’ for a Reason”
Peyton Keller (Sophomore; SLMK; Lebanon, IN) didn’t let the cold stop her from making a difference in her community. Rather, she took it as a challenge. Read more​
Students learn “Disruptive Leadership” at the Mortar Board Leadership Conference
The Barbara Cook Chapter of Mortar Board hosted the Mortar Board Leadership Conference at the end of January. This conference is put on for students by students to help them learn from industry and each other. Several students from the Department of Agricultural Economics attended. Read more.


Gracen Jarrett leads while on the Rising Professionals Central Committee
Last year, Gracen Jarrett (Sophomore; AGMR; Washington, IN) was a host for Rising Professionals, a sister organization to Old Masters. She valued her experience so much that she wanted to give back to the program. Now, Gracen holds the leadership position of the Events Chair on the Rising Professionals Central Committee. Read more​.
Two Ag Econ students attend AFA Food Institute in Chicago, IL
Sara Lechlider (Freshman; AGMG; Gaithersburg, MD) and Nelson Knobloch (Sophomore; AGMG; Wolcott, IN) attended the 2018 Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Food Institute in Chicago, Illinois at the end of January. Read more​. 
Students represent the Ag Econ department on Ag Council
Three Ag Econ students have been elected to serve on the 2018 Ag Council Officer Team. Nelson Knobloch (SO; AGMG; Wolcott, IN) is serving as president, Paige Wininger (JR; SLMK; Waveland, IN) is serving as treasurer, and Samantha Morris (JR; AGMR; Franklin, IN) is serving as public relations chair. Read more.

Natalya Slipchenko and her journey to U.S. citizenship
Natalya Slipchenko (Junior; AGFN; West Lafayette, IN), originally born in Moscow, Russia, recently became a U.S citizen. She made the decision to become a citizen about a year ago. One of her main reasons in applying for citizenship last year was to be able to compete at U.S. Dressage Nationals in November of 2017, which only allows U.S. citizens to compete. Read more​.

Ag Econ student, Noah Poynter, ventures into the world of entrepreneurship​ ​
Noah Poynter (SO; FARM; Greencastle, Indiana) started his business, Noah Poynter Media, in January of 2017 after obtaining his remote pilot’s license to fly drones commercially. However, Noah’s story of entrepreneurship truly began several years ago with a simple GoPro, shooting footage of planting season at his family’s farm. As his interest in video creation grew, so did the buzz around his community. Read more.

Melissa Stavenhagen advocates for study abroad as an International Ag Ambassador​
Melissa Stavenhagen is making the most of her Boilermaker experience by using her enthusiasm for travel and studying abroad. Stavenhagen (Senior; SLMK; Copenhagen, Denmark) currently serves as an International Ag Ambassador on a team of ten, where she has the opportunity to advocate for new experiences through international programs. She first learned about becoming an International Ag Ambassador while she was studying abroad in New Zealand, and immediately became interested in the position. Read more.​


Stevenson Represents Purdue on the AFA Student Advisory Team​

This year, Paige Stevenson (Senior; CMRK; Brazil, IN) served Agriculture Future of America (AFA) on the Student Advisory Team alongside 9 other talented students from across the country. AFA is an organization that exists to serve young men and women who are preparing for careers in food and agriculture by providing opportunities in networking, professional development, and career exploration. Paige first became interested in applying for this role because of her previous AFA experiences. She was excited at the opportunity to give back to AFA because the organization helped her immensely in expanding her own network and becoming a more confident leader. Read more​ 


Senior Natalie Bragdon says study abroad in Haiti was "a life changing experience"

Inspired by her roommate who had just traveled abroad to Haiti, Natalie Bragdon (Senior, AGMG, McCordsville, IN) saw an opportunity. The winter break study abroad program in Haiti was the perfect chance for Bragdon to make a positive impact on the lives of others while simultaneously stepping outside of her own comfort zone by traveling abroad for the first time. Read more​.

AgEcon Junior jumps outside of her comfort zone and studies abroad in Italy​

Jessica Swope (Junior; AGMG; Edinburgh ,IN) has been on a study abroad before. Last May she went to Italy with Dr. Gunderson experiencing food and culture in the Parma Region. Upon arriving back home, Swope concluded that 12 days abroad were not enough. She decided to enroll for the fall semester in the CIMBA program. Read more.

Instead of classes at Purdue, Scheidt took classes this fall at Aberystwyth University

Jennifer Scheidt (Junior; AGMG; Hope, IN) & Alexis Scheidt (Junior; AGMG; Hope, IN)  learned about study abroad from their brother’s experience in Wales during his time at Purdue. Jennifer said, “His experiences while traveling made me want to experience other countries.” They chose Aberystwyth because it was a very rural, small town, and liked the idea of being on the coast of Wales surrounded by a rural setting. Aberystwyth also has a good background for agriculture and interesting courses in Ag and Animal Sciences for her major. Read more.

Land O’Lakes announces two Purdue AgEcon students as Global Food Challenge Student Emerging Leaders

Recently three Purdue students were announced among the ten students nationwide for the Global Food Challenge. While all three Purdue students are from the College of Agriculture, two of them are students in the Department of Agricultural Economics: Dane Chapman (Sophomore; AGMR; Brookston, IN) and Bailee Cook (Sophomore; AGMG; Walkerton, IN). Read more.

The Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge: Internship of a Lifetime​​

When asked about her experience with the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge, Erica Timmons (Junior; AGBS/Spanish; Lebanon, IN) was eager to share about her position. “It's still hard to believe it was my job for an entire summer. I was working on something I was passionate about, traveling around the world, and getting paid for all of it. I’ve never heard of another internship like GFC,” Timmons shared.​ Read more.

Farm Credit Mid-America Accepts Students to College Leaders Scholarship Program​

Five Purdue students were accepted to the Farm Credit Mid-America College Leaders Scholarship Program, which provides professional development opportunities to students pursuing careers in agriculture. AGEC’s Kathleen Jacobs (Sophomore; APAE; Huntington, IN) will participate in the two-year program that awards twenty students across the county with $5,000 scholarships and learning sessions in professional growth and financial education. Students were chosen based on academic performance, leadership qualities and community involvement. Read more.


​Two students experience Emily Mauzy Vogel Leadership retreat

The Emily Mauzy Vogel Sophomore Leadership Development Retreat is an intensive, overnight program involving teambuilding, leadership inventories, personal development, and will introduce participants to strengths-based approaches to inclusive leadership. AGEC sophomores Dane Chapman (Sophomore; AGMR; Brookston, IN) and Zeb Davis (Sophomore; AGMG; Reynolds, IN) attended this year’s retreat at Camp Tecumseh in early September. Read more.


AGEC students spend summer studying viticulture at PURPAN (France)

Three Agriculture Economics students spent two months of their summer in France, where they made unforgettable memories. Alfonso Bustamante (Senior; AGBS; Lima, Peru), Madison Porter (Junior; AGBS; Saint John, IN), and Hannah Wallace (Junior; AGBS; Elburn, IL) spent the first month of their summer studying at Ecole d'Ingénieurs de Purpan located in Toulouse. They studied European culture, French and Agriculture Economics. Read more.


Six AGEC students tour Italy to taste food and view agriculture in May
Emily DeCamp (Sophomore; AGBS; Zionsville, IN), Hayley DeHaan (Sophomore; SLMK; McMinnville, OR), Colleen Downard (Senior; AGEC; Lafayette, IN), Emma Moon (Sophomore; AGBS; Granger, IN), Cecelia Rayl (Senior; AGBS; Tipton, IN) and Quinn Toole (Senior; AGEC; Coatesville, IN) loaded up their bags and spent 10 days of the beginning of their summer break in Italy on the Italian Food Experiences Trip. This short-stay trip allowed for students to return home before their summer internships began. Read more​.​

Three AGEC students help freshmen transition to college as Team Leaders in BGR

Three Purdue students enjoyed their Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) experience so much as freshman that they have since decided to become more involved in the program. Rachel Hasler (Sophomore; AGBS; Bloomfield, IN) and Asa Sheffer (Senior; AGBS; Russiaville, IN) served as Team Leaders (TLs) during 2017 BGR. Hillary Vrba (Sophomore; AGEC; Libertyville, IL) served as a TL in 2016 and served as a Supervisor for this year’s event. Read more​

Two AGEC students visit New Zealand in between semesters at Purdue​
Two Purdue students traveled abroad to New Zealand for the summer where they had the opportunity to observe and interact with different sectors of New Zealand’s Agriculture Industry. While on the trip, the students visited wineries, sheep farms, cattle farms, apple farms, fruit packaging plants, national parks and several cities including Queenstown, Wellington and Napier. From these experiences, the students were able to gain an understanding of how the country’s environment and economy works.​ Read more.

Valent USA had Krueger intern with them​
Aaron Krueger (Junior; FARM; Owensville, IN) spent his second summer in a row working for Valent USA Corporation. This summer, he was located at the brand new Midwest Agricultural Research Center. This new facility just opened in April of this year, so Krueger was excited to be involved in the new research the facility would be doing. Read more.

Edmondson travels the Great Plains all summer with Wheat Harvesting Crew
John Edmondson (Sophomore; AGEC; Clayton, IN) spent his summer out west working for Wiebke Harvesting Inc. on the wheat harvest crew. Although the company is based out of Holyoke, Colorado, Edmondson never stayed in the same place for more than three weeks. Through his experience, Edmondson learned a lot about agriculture in the Great Plains and improved upon his people skills. Read more.

Trotter helped Team Leaders with new students as BGR Supervisor
Rachel Trotter (Senior; AGBS; Indianapolis, IN) transferred to Purdue from another University, which caused her to miss out on the warm welcome to college that Purdue offers their students. The orientation program at her previous University lacked enthusiasm and guidance. Trotter said, “I felt out of place and unwelcome because I was from far away and lacked knowledge about their culture. After the first semester, I realized I wasn’t where I belonged and I decided to transfer to Purdue.” Read more.

Meal interns with Aldi for the summer
Kristen Meal (Senior; SLMK; Cambridge City, IN) lived on Purdue Northwest’s campus this summer in Hammond, Indiana as she completed an internship with ALDI. Her role involved serving as the District Manager Intern in the Valparaiso Division. Meal’s Peer Advisor was a District Manager who had stores in Lansing, Calumet City and South Holland, Illinois.​ Read more.

Five students experience vastly different opportunities interning in the wine industry
Five Agricultural Economics students had the opportunity to interact with aspects of the wine industry during their summers. These experiences ranged anywhere from working at a winery on Purdue’s campus, to studying abroad and gaining knowledge about the wine industry. Each student learned a lot about this sector of agriculture, and they all encourage other students to branch out and try a similar experience. Read more.

Four students intern in Marketing with different companies
Several Agriculture Economics students served as equipment marketing interns for various companies during the summer. Although the students were located all over the Midwest working for different employers, they all had similar job descriptions, responsibilities and work duties. Each intern worked on marketing plans, had direct contact with customer service and even assisted in the production of new products.Read more.

Seven students intern with Cargill in different locations with different roles
Cargill recruited seven Agricultural Economics students to work for them in various locations across the country this summer. All of the students highly recommend interning for Cargill, as they each had great experiences working there. Each student brought a lot of experience and knowledge back to campus with them to apply to their Purdue classes. Read more​.

Trennepohl interned for Zoetis this summer
Zoetis holds the title for the world’s largest animal health company and Adrianne Trennepohl (Senior; SLMK; Middletown, IN) earned herself the opportunity to serve as one of ten summer interns for the company. Trennepohl spent many of her days traveling to cover the two areas she was assigned. She was on the road for 56 days traveling a total of 11,351 miles, during which she visited 207 accounts in 11 different states. Read more.

Clifford interns with Purdue's Center for Food and Agribusiness
The Center for Food and Agricultural Business (CAB) focuses on degree programs, non-degree programs and research with the goals of bettering professionals, helping to inform the agriculture industry and promoting overall growth. This summer, McKenna Clifford (Junior; AGMG; Waterloo, IN) was able to work with the passionate faculty and staff of CAB on the 7th floor of Krannert as their summer intern. Read more.

This past summer Abney interned for Hormel Foods
Hormel Foods Corporation hired Allie Abney (Senior; AGMG; Bargersville, IN) as their Marketing Intern. Abney was located at the Hormel headquarters in Austin, Minnesota where she worked directly with the Foodservice Marketing team. As a summer intern, Abney was given three key projects; a new product launch, the creation of customer maps, and an evaluation of the e-commerce experience with Hormel’s products. Read more.

Two students spend their summer interning for BASF
Annalee Witte (Sophomore; SLMK; Wilkinson, IN) and Bryce Martin (Junior; AGMG; Evansville, IN) both spent their summers working as interns for BASF. Each student held different intern roles, but they both had the opportunity to travel all over the country and learn a lot of new information. Witte was located at the BASF Midwest Research Farm where she served as an Ag Professional Development Program Intern. Martin was located in Bismarck, North Dakota where he served as a Sales Intern. Read more.

Schneider spends summer in Denmark on study abroad
Kayla Schneider (Senior; SLMK; Brownstown, IN) knew she wanted to study abroad, but had certain requirements left to earn for her degree that this experience had to fulfill. Because of those requirements, she landed in the three and a half week Denmark Study Abroad this summer. Those three and a half weeks were jammed packed with activities that could have spanned two months. She said, “Before leaving for the trip, I had hoped to fulfill one of my requirements, not knowing I was about to walk into the trip of a lifetime full of memorable moments.” Read more.

Two AGEC students interned with CoBank this past summer
Two Agriculture Economics students spent their summers serving as Credit Interns for CoBank. Sanne Van Roessel (Senior; AGMG; Hamilton, IN) was located in Enfield, Connecticut where she was a part of the Regional Agribusiness Group. Ben Knapke (Senior; AGFN; Portland, IN) was located at Louisville, Kentucky banking center. The students’ paths crossed at the end of the summer when they both traveled to Denver, Colorado to present their internship presentations at the CoBank headquarters. Van Roessel talked about Immigration and Agriculture and Knapke discussed Non-GMO corn. Read more.

Semonis spends a semester in the State House
Jacob Semonis (Junior; APAE; Warsaw, IN) attended the career fair last fall with an open mind, and landed himself an internship that he never would have dreamed of accepting until the opportunity presented itself. This year, Semonis has served as the legislative Floating Intern at the Indiana State Senate. Read more.

Smith interned as Market Analyst this summer
Emma Smith (Senior; APAE; Urbana, OH) spent her summer in Elkhorn, Nebraska as a Market Analyst Intern for Brugler Marketing and Management LLC. She performed in-depth research on various commodities such as corn, beans, cotton, pork, beef and all wheats. After doing research, she presented her findings about the correlations between the Brugler500 crop condition index and final yields. Read more.

Anderson completed internship with Tanimura & Antle in California
Tanimura & Antle, located in Salinas, CA, chose to have Agriculture Economics student Cody Anderson (Senior; AGMR; Othello, WA) serve as their Farm Support Services Intern this summer. The Farm Support Team covers over 40,000 acres throughout the year and handles planting, transplanting and weeding/thinning operations. Anderson completed projects throughout the summer that allowed him to apply his coursework to real world scenarios. Read more.

Going Global: Erica Timmons traveled internationally with Global Food Challenge, a Land O'Lakes Program​​
​​​​The Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge internship is an experience of a lifetime in many ways, but 2017 GFC Emerging Leader Erica Timmons (Junior; AGMG; Lebanon, IN) shared that her travels abroad with the program were some of her most favorite memories from the summer. “We truly traveled around the world and had the chance to see agriculture in all different forms. This internship gave me a whole new appreciation for food security and the importance of the ag industry globally,” Timmons says. Read more.


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