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. Growing up on a small hobby farm in the small town of Pleasantville, Iowa, I was immersed in the deep roots of agriculture, so choosing the right college for me was not as difficult of a decision as it was to some of my peers.
My father, Todd Burgett, works as the district manager of Wiechman Pig Co., a swine distribution company with locations ranging throughout the country. My mother, Dena Burgett, works as a High School Special Education teacher for the Pleasantville school district. What high schooler doesn’t love being greeted with a warm hug and loving smile every morning as they walk down the hallway? Or the occasional stink eye due to the plethora of information school faculty members have on grades and classroom behavior for each student. Luckily I wasn’t the first one to experience this. My brother, Jake, graduated three years before me and attended Des Moines Area Community College. He now works for my father in Des Moines..
My family background and experiences through middle school and high school have definitely contributed to my passion for this industry. I started showing swine at the county level in fourth grade and showed through my sophomore year of high school. I decided to stop showing when I became more involved in other activities through FFA. I served as our FFA Reporter my junior year and the President my senior year. My favorite part of FFA was definitely the CDE contests. I participated in Conduct of Meetings, Parliamentary Procedure, Presentation Team, and my senior year I performed in the Public Speaking event where I wrote and performed a speech entitled “Animal Welfare and Agricultural Food Production.” Through my involvement in multiple clubs and activities in high school, I have learned how sincerely important it is to get involved in as much as possible and to take advantage of any opportunity that arises.
Being an Ag Business major here at Iowa State, I plan to continue getting involved and I believe working for the AgEI program is a great way to start. I also plan to be a member of the Ag Business Club, Block and Bridle, NAMA club, and the International Agriculture club. I am considering picking up a potential minor in International Agriculture or Communications and I look forward to hopefully studying abroad throughout the next four years.
I have really enjoyed my first few weeks as a Cyclone, and I cannot wait to see what the year brings and what exciting opportunities and experiences will arise from my new position.