Student Testimonials

Student Testimonials

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The Agricultural and Rural Policy Studies major perfectly combines my interest in the policy, economic, and social sides of agriculture. The agricultural industry is an increasingly regulated industry, so there will continue to be a need for people to understand and connect with diverse stakeholders. This major's coursework has prepared me for opportunities where I can effectively advocate for the industry that I love.”

Megan Decker
Class of '24, Agricultural and Rural Policy Studies


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The Agriculture and Rural Policy major is unlike any other in the country. The major is diverse and allows you to obtain knowledge in agriculture, business, political science, sociology, and sustainable practices. From these, you can choose areas you would like to expand on, advancing you and helping you accomplish the unique plans you have for your future. As someone who grew up on a farm with a passion in both agriculture and politics, I have valued the opportunities the Agriculture and Rural Policy major has provided me.”

Georgia Hilby
Class of '23, Agricultural and Rural Policy Studies


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Agriculture and Rural Policy Studies has granted me not only a well-rounded education in the agriculture industry, but also numerous interpersonal relationships and networking opportunities that will follow me long after graduation.”

Alexandra Osborn
Class of '23, Agricultural and Rural Policy Studies


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The Agriculture and Rural Policy Studies program is incredibly unique to Iowa State. This major has provided me insight into vital agriculture issues and made me a more competitive candidate for careers in agriculture policy. Agriculture and Rural Policy Studies students are very involved on campus and are top leaders in the university. Our advisors are personable and truly care about your success. Having a smaller group of people in this major allows for closer relationships with your advisors and peers. I have a connection with nearly every student in Agriculture and Rural Policy Studies, which is very unique to our major.”

Rachel Nelson
Class of '23, Agricultural and Rural Policy Studies


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Agricultural and Rural Policy Studies is a major that empowers students from all backgrounds to think critically with driven peers and faculty about some of the most important challenges facing our communities today — and the possibilities presented by them. The curriculum and connections have prepared me remarkably well for a career of public service dedicated to connecting with people and improving the lives of those in some of our most vulnerable communities.”

Nick Battles
Class of '22, Agricultural and Rural Policy Studies