FBN Scholar - Jessica Riediger, South Dakota State University (SDSU)
Farmers Business Network is searching for the next generation of leaders in agriculture.
Each FBN Scholar has received a $1,000 scholarship towards their study in the 2015-2016 academic year.
FBN Scholar: Jessica Riediger
University: South Dakota State University, Class of 2016
What is your major? Ag Business
Born & Raised: Lawton, Iowa
What do you like most about your school and its agriculture department?
SDSU gives it's ag students ample opportunity for hands on learning. The animal science courses I have taken are all accompanied by labs at the livestock units. The Econ department has also expanded its hands on learning with its brand new e-trading lab.
What ag related groups do you participate in on campus?
I am on Little International staff for the third year now. I was the Farm Business Superintendent for two years and now I am helping out with the lamb lead tradition. I was also a participant in Little International and have shown a dairy heifer one year and sheep last year. I am currently the President of the student NAMA chapter at SDSU and have been a member of National Agri-Marketing Association for the past three years.
What are your career aspirations after college?
I am hoping to pursue a career in agricultural marketing and I would like to assist farmers with their marketing plans to help improve their bottom line.
Do you have a family background in agriculture?
I grew up on a family farm in NW Iowa and have been involved in the farm for as long as I can remember. We are mainly a row crop operation (corn and soybeans) with a small beef cow/calf herd.
If you could change anything about the agriculture industry or farming in the United States, what would it be?
I would like to change the way that those outside the agriculture view the industry. My dream is that we can help consumers have faith and trust in those that are producing their food once again.