Farming for the Future

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Growing up on a farm in central Iowa, Dr. Keri Carstens was well aware of the state’s agricultural heritage. What she didn’t realize at that time was Iowa’s importance in advancing the scientific and technological innovations designed to protect our environment and food supply.

“I had no idea about the scope and scale of the research and amazing science that was going on in Iowa until I got to be a part of it,” said Carstens, who is now the global regulatory lead for seed applied technologies and biologicals for Corteva Agriscience in Johnston, Iowa. Her job is to work with scientists and other specialists to help secure approvals for farmers’ safe use of the company’s products.

Carstens is also an assistant professor at Iowa State University (ISU), where she earned both her master’s and doctorate degrees. She said the educational and research opportunities available at ISU and the state’s 59 other colleges and universities are top-notch, especially where agriculture, science and environmental stewardship intersect.

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