Meet the 2014 Iowa STATEment Makers: Jeremy Swanson

Iowa STATEment Makers is a recognition program of the Iowa State University Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Council, honoring graduates of the past 10 years who have made strong statements in careers, entrepreneurial endeavors, academics, community service, or personal achievements. There are 17 honorees for 2014, and we’re introducing each of them to you here on the blog.

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Lehigh, Iowa

When it comes to advocating for agriculture, Jeremy (’05 agricultural systems technology) exhibits a quiet leadership that is really making a difference. An ag precision specialist for Mickelson Seeds, Jeremy also serves as chair of the Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmer Advisory Committee and is a member of the Webster County Farm Bureau Board. He works every day to create a networking community for Iowa’s farmers. He uses the information he gains to develop programming and opportunities for young farmers, including programs on environmental education, estate planning, policy and advocacy, and more. In addition to his service to the farming community, Jeremy volunteers in his community in many ways, including as a judge and volunteer for the Boone County Aerospace Interest Group, a 4-H program he helped develop with the goal of growing youth interest in STEM fields. He also manages the volunteers who drive the “tractor trolleys” at all ISU home football games.

Jeremy on…

…his favorite ISU tradition: “Hilton Magic”

…his favorite college memory: “traveling with the pep band to the NIT Final 4 with the men’s basketball team”

…the everyday item he can’t live without: “Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups”

…his life goal: “My goal is to be able to help my children or another young person get started farming some day.”




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