I grew up very interested in science, math, and all things mechanical. In high school I took various science and math classes and through job shadowing realized that agronomists use math, science, and engineering principles to help farmers increase food production by finding solutions to different problems every day. Therefore, I knew a degree in an agriculture related field would be a perfect fit and multiple internships confirmed this feeling for me. After receiving my B.S. in Agronomy I went to graduate school where I am currently a graduate student in the Dept. of Agronomy at UW-Madison, working under Dr. Shawn Conley, pursuing a PhD in Agronomy. Current research and extension activities I am involved with cover many aspects of modern, Midwest soybean and wheat production. My research is very applied in nature and the resulting extension is targeted at the farm level where these research finding can be immediately adopted by producers. The goal of my research is to increase crop production in an environmentally and economically sustainable fashion by improving crop management through the adoption of new practices and technologies.