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Christine Lucas, a corn breeder at Beck’s in Atlanta, Ind., graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014 with a doctorate in plant breeding, genetics and cytogenetics.

In the realm of food science and human nutrition, Nicholas has developed a special interest in food safety and childhood obesity. He has taken many food science and human nutrition courses that have aided in his learning about the industry.

My name is Erin Bush and I am from Franklin, Indiana. I am majoring in Agronomy in the Soil and Environmental option with a secondary major in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.

I am a M.S. student in the Department of Agronomy at Kansas State University. Growing up an Iowa farm boy, I was very active on the farm as well as the National FFA Organization.

Nichole grew up on her family’s registered Angus ranch in Central Oregon. She participated in a wide variety of activities in school; some of my main focuses were FFA, showing livestock, sports and the science team.

Travis is the farm coordinator at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC).

Keith King has been with DuPont Pioneer since October 2012 where he has worked in the Soybean Product Development as a Native Traits breeder. He recently began leading efforts for the non GM segment to focus on breeding and testing in key regions where commercial demand exists.

Dr. Dawn Reinhold’s Research focuses on wetlands and vegetated technologies for protection of water quality. Specifically, she researches the uses of plants for remediation of emerging organic pollutants and hazardous wastes.

Dr. Jade Mitchell coordinates a program to train fellow scientists to assess microbial risks and assemble plans to help keep people safe.

Dr. Lisa Tiemann’s research focuses on soil organic matter (SOM) dynamics and nitrogen cycling through a microbial lens.

Hi, I’m Zoey and I work in Monsanto! My job involves high-throughput automated DNA analysis of plant and field soil samples. I work to develop tools to facilitate plant tissue imaging for disease screening.

Stanton, 21, is a member of the Centralia FFA Chapter in Centralia, Mo. His advisors are Scott Stone, Lori Lewis and Jessica Cummins. He is the son of Andrew and Judy Stanton. What started as a gift of six chicks from his uncle turned into Stanton’s own enterprise.

The Mineral County FFA Chapter member from Keyser, W.Va., is the daughter of Richard and Margaret Woodworth. As a fifth-generation farmer, she helps her family produce swine and cattle as well as fresh produce at their farms, Flying W and MJW.

Sara Cox has experimented in animal and food sciences through studies involving strawberry crown rot, African nightshade phytochemicals, hoof rot bacteria and soybeans.

Benjamin Dinkins is an agribusiness risk management consultant for Nationwide. He joined the company in February 2015 and has quickly made his mark with colleagues and customers because of his desire for excellence and his passion for the industry.

Diane Forbes, Ph.D. joined PepsiCo R&D in the Snacks Division based out of Plano, TX in January 2014.  As an R&D Senior Engineer, she is focused on tortilla chip product development and was a part of the launch of Tostitos Rolls.

Since started working at Pepsi Co Beverages R&D in August 2004, Rama has worked on different beverage platforms.

Enrique Michel has been at PepsiCo for 10 years where he has led the technical development, commercialization, and global collaboration of projects such as Lay’s Design Transformation and Ruffles Deep Ridged, a product delivering $300+ million in revenues for PepsiCo across 23 countries.

Max grew up in Plano, TX before attending college at The University of Texas at Austin in 2008. As a chemical engineering student, he interned in 2007 with Frito Lay R&D to work on a technical characterization of the Crunchy Cheetos process.  After graduating with a B.S.

David Stein is currently a Senior Manager in PepsiCo’s Global R&D organization; he received his Chemical Engineering degree from Purdue University in 2003 and an MBA from Indiana University in 2010.

Dr. Olga U. Bolden-Tiller serves as the Head of the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (DAES) at Tuskegee University (TU).

Kiko’s obsession with agriculture began in her freshman year when she read Michael Pollan’ The Omnivore’s Dilemma in her ethical eating class and simultaneously interned at the Student Farm.

Edward J. Silva is the Program Manager for the Sustainable AgTech Innovation Center and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of California, Davis. A graduate of UC Davis, Edward believes in helping smallholder farmers do well.

As one of three children being raised in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., by a single mom who made ends meet by selling merchandise at a swap meet, Kiona had no exposure to agriculture growing up.

That changed when a faculty member invited Kiona to work in his lab at the University of Florida.

After speaking to thousands of students across the nation, Brennan Costello is interested in giving motivational messages to high school and junior high students and to agriculture audiences. He also hopes to pursue small group leadership work with students.

Hillary plans to pursue a career in research that focuses on characterizing plant defense responses to biotic and abiotic stresses and the manipulation of these defense pathways to provide alternative and environmentally-responsible strategies for management key pest species.

 As a life-long beef producer Maci Lienemann's future goals and aspirations are greatly influenced by her desire to improve practice, products and policies surrounding the beef industry. Her academic goal is to obtain an advanced degree in animal science – genetics.

Mamo has an NSF project focused on a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional soil science education project.  She recently received the University of Nebraska Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award.

After spending the summer after her HS graduation studying stingless bees and pollinator health in Kenya through the World Food Prize Internship program, Morgan plans to continue her studies by pursuing a PhD and ultimately wants to spend her career working in a third world country to ensure agri

Stephen Baenziger is Eugene W.

Since joining the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) faculty in 2001, Dr.

Dr. Ronnie D. Green began as interim Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln on July 1, 2015.

Raymon Shange is an Assistant Professor of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences and Associate Director of the Carver Integrative Sustainability Center at Tuskegee University.

I grew up on a small farm in the country near Esbon, KS. I am an only child and helped raised cross breed Suffolk sheep for about 7 years and pure breed durcos for about 4 years. We also grow wheat, corn, soybeans, and grain sorghum. I was highly involved in 4-H for 13 years and FFA for 6 years.

Lazarus Lynch is a homegrown chef, travel and culture enthusiast, and the son of a southern chef. Born and bread in Jamaica, New York to Debbie and Johnny 'Ray' Lynch, Lazarus spent his early childhood years in the kitchen cooking with his father .

Name: Tess Hammock 

Place of Study: University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 

Where from: Forsyth, GA 

Youth Trustee, National 4-H Council

Vincent is currently working as a governance planning manager within Platform Management.

Käti Ledbetter is the beverage applications manager for Archer Daniels Midland Company’s Research and Development group. In that role, she leads the beverage applications team to develop beverage and dairy prototypes and provide customer-facing technical support.

I grew up very interested in science, math, and all things mechanical.  In high school I took various science and math classes and through job shadowing realized that agronomists use math, science, and engineering principles to help farmers increase food production by finding solutions to differe

Brittany Young, from Hope, IN, is the former Indiana FFA president and is currently studying Agriculture at Ivy Tech Community College.  Upon graduation, Brittany plans to transfer to Purdue through the “Pathway to Purdue” transfer program to become an Agriculture Teacher and an FFA advisor.  

Sam Lentz is currently studying Agriculture Science at Ivy Tech Community College.  Sam spent his teenage years working on his family farm in southern Indiana where he fell in love with farming and spending his days being outdoors.  Sam is a life-long member of the FFA and will use the skills he

Matt John is the Program Chair of the Agricultural program at Ivy Tech Community College in Columbus, IN, where he started the Agricultural program at that campus.  In addition, Matt also consults on several projects with farms and other organizations including Heifer International, ATTRA and var

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