Meet the Interns: Ethan Eldridge
Iowa State University
Area of Study
Majoring in Agricultural Business with a minor in Agronomy
I was raised on a farm near Terril, Iowa. I attended Graettinger-Terril High School, where I participated in what seemed like every extracurricular activity that was offered. These include sports, speech, band, and student government. My favorite things to do are outside, especially when the weather is nice. I like to fish, help on the farm as much as I can, and generally stay active.
What do you hope to learn this summer?
I’m really excited to put some of the things I’ve learned at Iowa State to use. I’m also hoping to learn more about working for Ag Partners. Last summer I worked for Palo Alto County road department (which was a lot of fun), but it wasn’t related to the agricultural field. This summer will give me a new experience that will be unlike anything I have ever done before!
What type of work do you plan to pursue after graduation?
If I’m being truthful, I don’t think I have enough experience/knowledge about what’s out there to make the best long term future decision right now. Being in an internship this summer will help me gain that experience to intelligently consider my different options. With my major being Agricultural Business, and my minor in Agronomy, I feel that I am starting in the right place.
Why, in your opinion is agriculture important?
Agriculture is something that I have been around my whole life, so at a young age I knew that I never wanted to leave it. The obvious answer to why agriculture is important is to think about the growing world population, and the advancements we must make to feed everyone, but there are more reasons than that. I’ve learned a lot about nitrate leaching, soil erosion, herbicide resistant weeds, and many other new challenges while at Iowa State. It’s important that we can come up with solutions to these problems to help future agriculturalists, and the rest of the environment. These challenges are what makes our agricultural decisions and advancements so important.
If you see Ethan out and about this summer, be sure to say hello!