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In short, I'm a "Bug Lady". I work with the state and federal levels of Departments of Ag to coordinate surveys for potential pests to Iowa. The surveys are for pests, whether it be a disease or insect, that have not been established in Iowa but the risk is there. I write grants during the winter and set, monitor, and collect traps spring through fall. I also screen all the traps and send any potential pests to an identifier. From there, steps are taken towards eradication. The pests I survey for vary from year to year. Currently, I am focusing on the Emerald Ash Borer.
Since I am the only CAPS coordinator for the state of Iowa, I get to travel the whole state. I have conducted surveys in almost every county in Iowa. It's amazing how much diversity Iowa actually has. I also get to attend meetings located throughout the United States. It's great to work with my counterparts in every state and learn how much agriculture varies.
Keep your options open. I never thought I would become an entomologist, but it's a great job and I love it. Agriculture has a lot of diversity, so take advantage of that.