Where did you travel to?
Nine other students and I traveled to Rio de Janeiro and Lucas Do Rio Verge, Brazil for a Business Development Travel Course through the Iowa State University Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. We were helping an Iowa based company to see if it was feasible to expand their operation into Brazil.
What's your background in agriculture?
Although I did not grow up on a farm, agriculture has always been an important part of my life. I showed cattle through 4-H, and was always bugging my uncle and family friends to get out of the house and go to their farm. I am now going into my senior year at Iowa State University majoring in Public Service and Administration in Agriculture with a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies.
What is the most interesting agriculture industry you saw on your trip?
Lucas Do Rio Verge, Brazil is located in the state of Mato Grosso. Mato Grosso is comparable to the United State’s Midwest. Much of this state is very rural and a lot of towns were established because of very large farms outside of the towns. These large farms are required by the government to provide housing for the workers and their families. Some even have schools, soccer fields, and areas for families to hang out. The workers and their families are fed right on the farm with much of the produce coming from a large garden.
Why are you a FarmHer and what does agriculture mean to you?
I am a FarmHer because I am actively trying to make my mark in the ever-changing agriculture industry. I am constantly soaking up and experiencing all that Iowa State University, my professors, and my peers can teach me, so when I graduate, I can go out into the world prepared to agvocate and positively contribute to the agriculture sector. Agriculture, is indeed a passion and a way of life, but is also an area with a lot of opportunities – especially for young people.