Two roads diverged in the woods and I - I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference.
Minors: Engler Entrepreneurship and Mechanized Systems Management
Graduating: May 2019
Business: Renegade Ag Solutions is a budding multipurpose agronomic sales and service business specializing in crop protection, consultation, chemical sales, cover crops seed and selection, and hopefully someday industrial hemp.
What is your story?
Growing up in Frontier County I have experienced crop production in some of the most stressful environments to grow crops in. Seeing my family's fields shrivel in the relentless heat in 2012 inspired me to want to find a way to maximize the nutrients and tools given to producers to help keep them in business year in and year out. As I progressed towards college, I became exposed to pesticide sales and research, drawing me towards a whole new field of crop production and resource efficient management for producers. This newfound passion added to my vision of creating an all-inclusive service for producers. Going through classes here at Nebraska, I have continued learning and sharpening my knowledge on how to more effectively manage fields in limiting conditions. It was through my interactions that I came across the idea that in a limiting environment, some crops may be better economically and environmentally for the producers, which lead to the ideas of selling high value crops such as industrial hemp, dry edible beans, and hops. It is this culmination of ideas that brings me to where I am today and also what makes up all that Renegade Ag is all about.
Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?
Growing up, it was my dad who I believe first implanted my entrepreneurial passion. Growing up I was able to watch as he took the small family farm and grow it into much more by adding new ventures into ag sales and automotive repairs among other ventures.
If your story were made into a movie, what actor/actress would portray you and why?
Chris Pratt. If anyone is to portray me, they need to have a beard and have a sly sense of humor like myself. Pratt works well for playing an occasional screw up that at the end of the day can figure out how to pull it all together.
What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?
I know it's cliché, but follow your heart. They will tell you to follow the money, but I will be here to say if you don't love what you do; you won't be as successful as you would be doing what you know and what you find passion in.