Growing up on a row crop and hog farm, Courtney Davis fell in love with agriculture at an early age. When she zipped up her blue corduroy FFA jacket that same love for agriculture turned into a burning passion. The Nevada High School Ag room and Ag mechanic lab quickly grew into Courtney’s second home. In the Ag mechanics lab she found her unlikely talent of restoring tractors. With some teaching along the way, she has restored a total of four tractors:
Massey Ferguson 180 (Summer 2014)
Oliver 550 (Summer 2015)
Ferguson TE 20 (Summer 2016)
Steiger Panther PTA 325 (Summer 2017)
Courtney has remained in FFA throughout college so that she can continue to compete with tractor restorations at the Iowa State Fair. As a junior at Iowa State University, Courtney majors in Agricultural Studies with minors in both Agronomy and Entrepreneurial Studies. She will graduate in the spring of 2019 and plans to pursue a career in agricultural communications and marketing.
Marketing has been a large part of her adventure at Iowa State thanks to the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA). She currently serves as the NAMA Student Chapter President. Courtney was a valuable asset to the NAMA Competitive Marketing Team for two years due to her design skills in Adobe Creative Suite.
Much like FFA served as Courtney’s second home throughout high school, the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative serves as her college “home away from home.” Courtney has worked for the program and is also active on the AgEI Student Leadership Advisory Team. She has participated in numerous AgEI events like the Vermeer Ag Innovation Challenge, roundtable discussions, and attended entrepreneur guest speaker programs. She hopes that the skills she has learned through AgEI will allow her to one day start a business of her own.
One thing is certain for her future: the family farm will always play a major role in Courtney’s life. She lends her agronomic knowledge throughout the growing season while operating the combine in the harvest season, and running the tractor and planter during the planting season. “I have a lot of entrepreneurs in my family, so I guess you could say it runs through my veins too. And if something arises in the future, I know that AgEI has prepared me enough to take on the challenge and be the entrepreneur myself.”