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ISU Extension announces Dordt student team leaders for 2013 AgCiting program

March 8, 2013

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in Sioux, O’Brien, Lyon, and Osceola counties has named six Dordt College students to the 2013 AgCiting Leadership Team.

“We’re pleased that our students are offered this opportunity to apply for and now serve as a professional in a servant leadership role,” said Dordt College Department of Agriculture Chair Gary De Vries.

AgCiting is a partnership between ISU Extension, Dordt College, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Lakes Community College, and the Northwest Iowa Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) region. The program is dedicated to increasing agriculture awareness and literacy among students in schools in Sioux, O’Brien, Lyon, and Osceola counties.

The 2013 AgCiting program will be held on Dordt’s campus during Dordt College Ag Day on Friday, April 26, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 2:30 p.m. The program features five stations: Feeding 9 Billion People, Local Foods/Horticulture, Conservation, Global Climate Change, and New/Beginning Farmers. All five stations are taught using hands-on teaching/learning strategies. The AgCiting program has been designed to meet Iowa Core Curriculum Standards in Science for 6th through 8th grade.

The following Dordt students were selected to help with the program:

Dordt College sophomore Brady Rhoda: New/Beginning Farmer Team Leader. Rhoda, of Oakdale, California, is majoring in animal science. In his role, he wants to help introduce area youth to the many opportunities in the field of agriculture and life sciences and help them build a strong foundation for future successes. Rhoda hopes to pursue a career as a farmer or dairy consultant.

Janelle Hennager: Feeding 9 Billion and Global Climate Change Co-Team Leader. Hennager, of Buffalo Lake, Minnesota, is a senior at Dordt College majoring in agriculture missions and biblical studies. Hennager believes agriculture is a great avenue for people to not only understand food and nutrition but the value of time and commitment. She plans to pursue a career in the non-profit sector helping underprivileged Americans.

Dordt College junior Karina Fast: Feeding 9 Billion and Global Climate Change Co-Team Leader. Fast, of Bingham Lake, Minnesota, is majoring in agriculture business. In her role, she looks forward to sharing her passion, enthusiasm, and experiences in agriculture with area youth. Fast hopes to pursue a career in food sales and marketing.

Elise Maresh: Conservation/Water Quality Team Leader. Maresh, of Beresford, South Dakota, is a junior at Dordt majoring in animal science/pre-vet. In her role, she hopes to share her passion for agriculture with youth in a fun and educational learning environment. Maresh plans to pursue a career as a veterinarian after graduation.

Dordt College sophomore Danielle Zuidema: Local Foods/Horticulture Team Leader. Zuidema, of DeMotte, Indiana, is majoring in agricultural business with a minor in Spanish. She hopes to effectively engage and inform youth about the many opportunities available to them in agriculture and life sciences. Zuidema hopes to pursue a career in the agriculture industry.

Christina Lloyd: Agriculture and natural resources intern for Sioux, O’Brien, Lyon, and Osceola counties with ISU Extension. The senior from Westfield, Iowa, has also been selected as the AgCiting Leadership Team Manager. Lloyd is majoring in animal science with a minor in business. She will serve as a key liaison between the ISU Extension team and the 2013 AgCiting Leadership Team by assisting Kaye Strohbehn, agriculture producer and consumer education specialist, with mentoring the team on all activities for the 2013 AgCiting program. Lloyd hopes to pursue graduate studies in agriculture education.

“As our world population continues to increase and fewer people are directly connected to food production, it brings to light the need for the agriculture industry to have more individuals engaged in agriculture,” said Stronhben. “I look forward to mentoring this team of talented young professionals to better tell the story of agriculture by providing science-based learning opportunities to our youth in Northwest Iowa and enhancing their agriculture literacy and understanding of food systems.”

For more information about this program or other agriculture and natural resource education programs in the area, contact Strohbehn at or 712-737-4230. To learn more about the Dordt College agriculture program, go to

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