Name: Ethan Buck 

Hometown: Lafayette, IN 

Majors/Minors/Certificates: Agribusiness - Commodity Marketing Concentration; Agricultural Systems Management and Political Science minors; Entrepreneurship Certificate, Dean’s Scholar’s Program member 

Why did you come to Purdue: Growing up in a rural farming family, I knew from an early age that I wanted to continue in the family tradition of agriculture. Purdue offered the best education and opportunities for the agricultural career I want to pursue upon graduation. 


Favorite Purdue tradition: Tempting fate by walking underneath the Bell Tower. 

Top three influences at Purdue:

  1. Friendship
  2. Mentorship
  3. Leadership 

Top five memories of your time at Purdue   

  1. Traveling with the Purdue Trap and Skeet Club to the 2022 ATA Grand American and winning our collegiate division. 
  2. Sledding down Slater Hill on a baking sheet last winter 
  3. Being inducted as a new member at Chauncey Cooperative 
  4. Late night den pop/ Walmart/ gas station runs with my friends 
  5. Studying abroad in Italy last may


Places you have been as a Purdue student:  I have had opportunities to travel with the Purdue Trap and Skeet Club all over the Midwest, as well as studying abroad to Italy for a May-mester. 

Favorite club/organization: Purdue Trap and Skeet Club 


Favorite student-led event/initiative: The annual PTSC October ATA Big 50 Trap shoot 

Favorite Purdue event: Purdue football games 

Favorite place on campus/Favorite place to study: The second floor of Krannert or the second floor of WALC 

Favorite thing about the College of Ag: I really enjoy all the friendly faces that I run into everyday in the college of ag. You truly build a wealth of connections and make some life-long friendships. 


Favorite class: AGEC 321 Commodity Marketing 

Favorite teacher: Dr. Todd Kuethe and Dr. Shawn Ehlers 

Three biggest accomplishments at Purdue:  

  1. Top 5 Ag Econ Junior (Spring 23) 
  2. Becoming President of the Purdue Trap and Skeet Club 
  3. Completing an undergraduate research project and presenting this project to a panel of experts in St. Louis.


Something about you that is not listed on your resume: I am really into classic cars and trucks. I currently own 3 classic automobiles and enjoy tinkering with them. 

Future Plans: I plan to pursue a career in ag lending or commodity marketing as well as being a part of my family’s swine and row crop operation. 


Advice for lower classmen: Take a chance and seize the opportunities in front of you! Get out of your comfort zone, make new friends, write new stories, and cherish this time in your life. One day you will look back and you will be a senior! Do not miss out on the college experience. 

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: I will take away a plethora of industry knowledge, experience, and connections upon graduation. For that, I am extremely grateful.