Young Alum of the Month: Rebecca Vittetoe

Rebecca Vittetoe
Title and Company: 
Field Agronomist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
LeMars, IA
Major and Graduation Date: 
B.S. Agronomy with a journalism and mass communications minor – Spring 2014; Pursuing M.S. in Agronomy through the distance agronomy program at ISU
Major Job/Position Responsibilities: 

I work with farmers, crop consultants, private pesticide applicators, certified crop advisors, agronomists, seed, chemical, and fertilizer dealers, and farm managers in 10 counties in southeast and southcentral Iowa.

In my role as the Extension Field Agronomist I provide research based crop production information as well as educational trainings on pest management, nutrient management, and crop production.  These trainings may range from field days, classroom-type meetings, small groups, and state-wide programing like private pesticide applicator training and the Crop Advantage Series.

What you like most about your job/position: 

What I enjoy most about my job are the great people I get to meet and work with and the opportunity to learn something new every day.  In Extension you just never know what question you may be asked, but that makes my job fun, interesting, and keeps me on my toes. 

I have also really enjoyed working with Agronomy in the Field, which is a program specially targeting women interested in learning more about Agronomy.  It’s helped me to become a better agronomist.

What advice would you give to current students: 

Get involved:  There are so many great organizations to get involved with on campus.  Find one or two or a few that interests you!  Not only can you build your leadership skills, but it’s a great way to build relationships.  You will be surprised how those connections become very useful after you graduate!

Have an internship each summer.  Internships provide a great opportunity to help you learn what you might want to do after you graduate and also provide great hands-on learning opportunities.  Even if you decided the internship you had is not what interests you, that experience is still a valuable experience you can learn a lot from.

Take advantage of resources available on campus.  There are so many great resources at your fingertips, whether that is the Career Services Office, the faculty, the Study Abroad Office and many more!!!

Favorite ISU Class(es)
Agron 342
Plant Path 408