Student news

Inventor of Baked Lays to lead water quality business plan creation conference.

Ames, Iowa – August 10, 2016 – The Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative at Iowa State University is hosting an event that will challenge participants to collaborate in creating new ideas that change the way we think about, manage, and use water in our state.

(Ames, Iowa – April 5, 2016) – The Iowa State University Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative (AgEI) hosted their annual Spring Entrepreneur Roundtable at the Iowa State University Memorial Union Cardinal Room on Thursday, April 31st. During the event, students talked firsthand with entrepreneurs about the opportunities, as well as the difficulties, of starting a business.

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University alumnus Ryan Augustine was recently awarded the Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year award for his startup business, AccuGrain. AccuGrain competed against three national finalists for the title Jan. 11-13 in Orlando, Florida, at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention.  

This is the second year in a row the honor has been given to an Iowa State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumnus and participant in the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative (AgEI) program.  

(Ames, Iowa – September 17, 2015) – The Iowa State University Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative (AgEI) hosted their fourth annual Farmer Entrepreneur Roundtable at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agricultural Student Learning Center on September 10. The event was sponsored by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. During the event, students talked firsthand with farmers about the opportunities, as well as the difficulties, of entering the farming industry.

With a strong passion for public speaking, marketing, and most importantly agriculture, I, Josie Burgett, am thrilled to take on the new role as the Special Projects Student Assistant for the AgEI team at Iowa State University.

Brandon Norton, Senior in Agriculture Systems Technology

Written by Jacob Lauver, Agricultural Studies senior

My name is Jacob Lauver and I will be a senior this fall at Iowa State majoring in Ag Studies. I spent my 12-week summer internship working in Buckeye, Iowa for Iowa’s First and Vero Blue Farms raising Barramundi fish for food production. I am the Operations Intern so my experience was hands-on for all daily operations to run a fish farm sustainably.