Young Alum of the Month: Staci Schmitt

Staci Schmitt
Title and Company: 
Seed Research Assistant Environmental Health & Safety Technician at Monsanto
Winthrop, Iowa
Major and Graduation Date: 
Agronomy with a Minor in Agricultural Systems Technology, May 2006
Major Job/Position Responsibilities: 

I work in seed corn research maintaining plots and collecting data throughout the farming seasons. I also lead the site’s safety program.

What you like most about your job/position: 

I enjoy the variety of my day-to-day tasks because with the changing seasons there are very few days that we do the same job. I enjoy the challenges that come with the job, we started a brand new site for Monsanto in northeast Iowa and safety was one of those challenges since we started from scratch!

What advice would you give to current students: 

I would say the biggest thing is to network and do an internship. Within the seed industry I see so many faces that I have encountered at college or at another company where I interned. People can be very helpful, but sometimes you need to be outgoing and ask, so get out there and talk to people.

Favorite ISU Classes:

Agron 212, Crop Growth, Productivity, and Management