Discovering crops around the country

Jacob Wright

Jacob Wright’s (agronomy) adventure has taken him across the country. From his home in Virginia to Iowa State, Jacob wanted to learn all he possibly could. He was determined to get experience with a variety of crops and focus on the environment.  His adventure continued carrying him west, to California for an internship with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Napa.

As a Soil Conservationist with the NRCS Pathways program, Jacob developed conservation plans with vineyard owners to fix resource concerns such as soil erosion and water quality. He also had a unique opportunity to participate in the recovery of the area still suffering from the effects of wildfires. Jacob saw concepts from his favorite Iowa State classes in soil fertility and forest ecology in practice in Napa.

Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are passionate about a variety of things. Scholarships based on leadership, academics, and career interests support students in exploring their passion.

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