Student Highlights - Adam Sisson
Masters Program: Sustainable Agriculture, interdepartmental with the Plant Pathology Department
Undergraduate degree: Agronomy and Environmental Studies, Iowa State University, 2006
What is your career ambition? To assist farmers in transitioning from conventional pest management systems to environmentally sound, yet economically viable methods of pest control and work with with alternative crop (apples, strawberries, etc.) growers in Iowa to derive added-value products from current farm operations.
Why did you choose Iowa State? Iowa State is a leader in agricultural science and research with top-notch facilities and great people. Also, I was raised in Ames, and have an affinity for the town and the surrounding countryside.
What do you do for fun? Camping at Ledges State Park, bonfires with friends, kayaking down the Skunk River, organic gardening, and making wine.
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What is the best thing about being an Iowa State Student? The opportunities available to students at Iowa State. Internships with top companies, study abroad trips to all seven continents (even Antarctica!), and a diverse group of people representing many cultures, right here in central Iowa.
What research are you currently doing? I am currently researching new methods of integrated management for control of disease, insect, and weed pests in apple orchards. Some of the techniques being utilized include organic composted mulch, weather-based warning systems for disease and insect emergence, and disease resistant apple cultivars. The goal of this research is to provide apple growers with reliable pest control while offering economic and environmental benefits.
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