Cassie Krebill is a senior at Iowa State University majoring in dairy science from Donnellson, Iowa. She grew up on a diversified family farm and chose to follow her older brother’s footsteps and attend Iowa State University. At Iowa State, she is involved in several clubs and activities. She is a former President of the Dairy Science club, a member of Sigma Alpha Professional Sorority, and was part of the Vermeer International Leadership Program. She has also taken the opportunity to travel in college by going on four study abroad experiences to New Zealand, France, Italy, and the Netherlands.
With a goal of going back to the family farm, Cassie was looking for additional ways to generate income and add value to the farm. She came up with the business idea of having a value-added dairy processing business on her farm, specifically making soft cheeses. After taking Kevin Kimle’s ECON 334: Entrepreneurship in Agriculture course she was able to develop her business idea even further. Looking at the future of the business, Cassie believes this will be a viable economic unit for her family farm, means of creating local jobs, and help her hometown. She joined the AgEI Student Incubator this year to continue to develop her business idea, and through customer discovery she has found that selling her cheese to restaurants may be the best option.
When asked about the AgEI Incubator, Cassie responded, “Not only has this program helped me understand my business, but also myself. I have been able to meet business owners outside of the ISU campus, which has been very beneficial.”