From the farm to the classroom, the company to the field; Jessie Zimmerman already has indepth knowledge of all aspects of the agriculture business as a senior at Kansas State University. And as President for Students of Agronomy, Soils, and Environmental Sciences (SASES), she recently had the chance to share what she knows and why it's important during National Ag Day in Washington, D.C.
Personal Story Helps Promote the Industry
Zimmerman had the opportunity to talk with Legislators and says she found her personal story of the hands-on ways she knows agriculture is responsible for providing the necessities-- food, fiber, clothing, even fuel--would often break the ice. "I grew up on a farm about 30 miles south of Manhattan, Kansas, where we had black and red Angus cattle. We also grew wheat, grain, sorghum, soybeans, alfalfa and brome. My favorite activity on the farm was running the swather to cut alfalfa, prairie hay and brome. I'll probably end up on a farm someday," says Zimmerman. The President of SASES, the student group supported by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America is set to graduate in December and while majoring in Agronomy with an emphasis in Plant Science and Biotechnology, she's not clear on her post-college plans following a rough reality during a job last summer. "I wanted to be a wheat breeder but found I'm allergic to wheat plants! I worked with a wheat breeding company and really enjoyed it, but unfortunately the wheat made me break out," explains Zimmerman. But the future remains a priority, especially with an increasing awareness on the need to feed a growing world population. "There's an estimate of 9 billion people by the year 2050. I talked about this in D.C. It's not meant to be a scare tactic with our Legislators, but they need to be aware of what ag-related businesses will be facing," says Zimmerman. With efforts from future leaders like Zimmerman, the world may be in good hands.
Read more coverage of Zimmerman's trip, here: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/news/story/agronomy_student030912.aspx
Read the Proclamation in support of National Ag Day, here: http://www.agday.org/nat'lagricultureday2012proclamation.pdf