ISU Agronomy Students Learn From Past Alum

posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in Central Region News

Every year, the Iowa State agronomy freshmen learning community embark on a two-day field trip to a different region in Iowa before the start of the fall semester.  The trip provides the new students the opportunity to learn about different career paths available in the agronomy field and allows the students to interact with Iowa State University faculty, staff, and other fellow students. 


This year, the learning community traveled to southwest Iowa and made a stop in Audubon to learn what Jay Petersen does in the nutrient management department within AMVC Management Services.  AMVC was chosen as a stop for the field trip for the following reasons because Jay is a recent graduate (spring 2015) from the agronomy department and he was on this trip once as freshmen in the learning community and again as a peer mentor for the freshmen during his time at Iowa State. His role within AVMC is quite unique and diverse compared to other opportunities within the career field of agronomy.


His two hour presentation included the background of AMVC, a manure management plan overview, the characteristics of swine manure, a drone demonstration, and a North Dakota cropping system overview.  If the class hadn't run out of time, he would have also taken the students to look at a manure tank applicator and made a stop at swine finishing confinement site.


Jay did an excellent job educating these students and giving back to his alma mater.