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Iowa State Celebrates 10 Years of Online Seed Education

This year, Iowa State University is celebrating 10 years of service to the seed industry through its online Graduate Program in Seed Technology and Business (STB) and will be commemorating this milestone with the roll out of several initiatives in the coming years, including a football tailgate party this fall to be held before an Iowa State Cyclones football game.

The Seed Technology and Business program enrolled its first graduate students in the fall of 2007. Since that time, the program has grown exponentially, with students from more than 22 states and 11 different countries. This fall, the program will celebrate its 50th graduate. There are currently more than 60 students working toward completing their master’s degree or certificate in Seed Science and Technology or Seed Business Management.

“We take a lot of pride in each of our students and understand that it is quite an accomplishment to complete a master’s degree while continuing to work full time and still have an active family life,” says Lori Youngberg, Seed Technology and Business graduate program coordinator. “We are looking forward to acknowledging all of our students, alumni, faculty and staff in a 10-YEAR celebration this fall.”

The Seed Technology and Business graduate program attracts students from Iowa who are employed by seed companies. Yet, because the STB program is delivered completely online, the program’s enrollment of out-of-state and international students has increased steadily during the past 10 years.

Individuals interested in the graduate program can submit their application for the spring 2018 semester through November. Orientation courses are offered every summer. For more information about the STB online graduate program or online learning in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, contact Lori Youngberg at 515-294-9137 or