In This Issue: THE AGRICULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP INITIATIVE
• Semester, Inc Program Faculty Newsletter
• Ed Schafer Visit
• Bob Jolly Scholarship Program
• Ag Innovation & Value Creation Dear CALS Faculty and Staff,
• AgEI Alum Spotlight One of my goals as the instructor in Economics 334/Entrepreneurship in Agriculture is to
prod the students to look at the world through an entrepreneurial lens. One part of this is
learning to view problems as opportunities. I show a brief video in class of Vinod Khosla,
renowned entrepreneur and venture capitalist, citing the rule "no problem, no business." A
Spring Semester life skill of an entrepreneur is to look at problems that others may prefer to avoid and
Important Dates: envision and implement solutions.
Feb. 9: Ed Schafer Campus In this spirit, as we begin a new semester we are happy to help you tackle whatever
Visit challenges or problems you may encounter. Giving faculty and students in the College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences the best possible opportunities to succeed involves a focus
Feb. 22-28: Global on problem solving. Our work this semester at the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative
Entrepreneurship Week will range from new curriculum development, creation of engaging classroom experiences,
dynamic entrepreneur speakers, student internships, an innovation contest, to agricultural
Feb. 13: Ag Innovation & entrepreneur outreach. I invite you to explore how the Agricultural Entrepreneurship
Value Creation (AIVCC) Initiative can assist you.
Team Registration Deadline Sincerely,
Kevin Kimle, AgEI Program Director
Feb. 19: AIVCC Challenge Rastetter Chair in Agricultural Entrepreneurship
Spring Semester Brings New Batch of Semester, Inc. Interns
Feb. 19: Bob Jolly Scholar- Following a successful first semester the AgEI Program is gearing up for the spring semester
ship Application Deadline Semester, Inc. program.
Feb. 26: AIVCC Challenge The semester long internship experience is offered in collaboration with businesses. The
Showcase program offers students the opportunity to work with participating companies on a tangible
project in product, business or market development. Small teams of students work for one
March 22: David Kruse, semester as interns researching markets, developing product plans, conducting feasibility
Brazil Iowa Farms visits studies, or whatever task is necessary to assist participating firms in their product, marketing,
campus and business development goals.
April 21-23: NAMA This semester the cost-shared program is offered in collaboration with ISU Extensions’ Value
Marketing Team National Added Agriculture and ImmuCell Corporation, Portland, Maine.
Interns selected for the Value Added Agriculture internship include: Abby Gooder, sopho-
May 9-18: AgEI Greece more, agricultural business and Jalynne Russell, senior, agricultural business.
Study Abroad Trip
ImmuCell’s intern will be Amber Broulik, sophomore, agricultural business.
Students interested in learning more about the Semester, Inc. program for the Fall 2010
semester, are encourage to contact Stacey Noe in 33 Curtiss Hall.
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FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF AG SCHAFER TO SPEAK AT IOWA STATE FEB. 9
Ed Schafer, former governor of North Dakota and 29th U.S. secretary of agriculture, will
present “Innovation in Global Agriculture in the Twenty-First Century” at 8 p.m. on Feb. 9 in
the Sun Room of the Memorial Union on the Iowa State campus. The lecture is free and open
to the public.
Schafer’s visit is sponsored by the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative within the College
of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Born and raised in Bismarck, N.D., Schafer graduated from the University of North Dakota
with a bachelor's degree in business administration and earned an M.B.A. from the University
of Denver. Before entering public life, Schafer was an executive with his family’s business, the
Gold Seal Company in Bismarck, a successful marketer of nationally-known consumer
products such as "Mr. Bubble" bubble bath and "Glass Wax" glass cleaner.
Schafer became president of the company in 1978. Under his leadership, Gold Seal's sales climbed to $50 million through acquisi-
tions and new product introductions and its net worth tripled. It was sold in 1986. Schafer then went on to launch several new
businesses, including a commercial real estate development company, a fish farm, a classic car dealership and a wireless voice and
high-speed data company.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students are invited to visit with former North Dakota governor and U.S. secretary of
agriculture Ed Schafer during a luncheon at noon on Feb. 9 in the Gallery Room of the Memorial Union. Schafer will speak on “The
Evolution in Agriculture, a Global Perspective.” The first 75 students to register for the event will receive a free lunch. Schafer’s visit
is sponsored by the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Students may
register by contacting Stacey Noe at firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration deadline is Feb. 3.
BOB JOLLY ENTREPRENEURSHIP SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE TO CALS
ISU College of Agriculture and Life Science juniors and seniors are invited to submit applications for the Bob Jolly
The scholarship, initiated by Roger and Connie Underwood in recognition of Dr. Bob Jolly’s dedications, unselfish leadership and
stewardship of the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Program, provides an award to a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences student
who demonstrates a commitment to and aptitude for entrepreneurship.
The $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a recipient at a sophmore or junior standing and pursuing a major offered by the College
of Agriculture and Life Sciences at time of application. The recipient will demonstrate an interest/aptitude for entrepreneurship, as
determined by the director. Examples include but are not limited to: participation in the programs of the Agricultural
Entrepreneurship Initiative; experience starting a business or non-profit organization; internship with an entrepreneurial business;
relevant course work; etc.
Application deadline is February 19, 2010
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2ND ANNUAL AG INNOVATION & VALUE CREATION COMPETITION SET FOR
ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences undergraduate students are invited to compete in the 2nd annual Agricultural
Innovation and Value Creation Competition during Global Entrepreneurship Week, February 22-28.
The Agricultural Innovation and Value Creation Competition, sponsored by the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, will
challenge student teams to address a need or opportunity in the agricultural sector by creating value from an ordinary everyday
object. On February 19th, the competition organizers will reveal the value-creation challenge to all teams participating in the
competition. Once the challenge is revealed on Feb. 19th, teams will have one week to complete their value-creation projects.
The teams will then present their challenge solution to a panel of judges on February 26th in a multi-media format.
Judges will evaluate all teams based on an established set of criteria. The top three teams win monetary awards: 1st Place- $300,
2nd Place- $200, and 3rd Place - $100. Multiple Judge’s Awards, including dinner with the Paul Schickler, president of Pioneer
Hi-Breds, will also be awarded to deserving teams. Teams consisting of no more that 4 undergraduate students, must pre-register
by February 13, 2009. All pre-registered team members will receive a free competition T-shirt.
For more information on the Agricultural Innovation and Value Creation Competition and registration forms, please visit
2009 AGEI ALUM OPENS BUSINESS 1 WEEK AFTER GRADUATING
Story from the Muscatine Journal, written by Melissa Regennitter
Shane Mairet won’t have to look for a job this summer.
The 22-year-old Wapello man graduated from Iowa State University on May 9 with a degree in horticulture and entrepreneurship.
The next week he opened Mairet’s Garden Center at the former Hoopes Melon Shed at 4701 Grandview Ave.
“This was my goal,” said Mairet, who graduated from Wapello High School in 2005 and was a 4-H member for several years.
Mairet’s Garden Center is housed in the familiar red barn near the Fruitland city entrance. A big concrete melon slice has been a
trademark of the farmground there.
Mairet said the busy highway is a great location that he hopes will bring many customers to buy his
products. He has planted Indian corn and sweet corn on his 5.5 acres and hopes to plant strawberries
soon and pumpkins for the fall.
Mairet’s barn is filling up with flowers and he expects to get a shipment of perennials, trees and
shrubs soon. He will also operate a greenhouse on the property, but it hasn’t been established yet.
He hasn’t taken on the project alone. Everyone from his great-grandparents to his 3-month-old
nephew have spent time at the garden center while preparations for the opening were made.
Mairet during his 2008
summer internship with the “My whole family is amazing. I couldn’t do it without them,” he said.
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