AMES, Iowa — Rob Frutchey, Iowa State University agricultural education and studies lecturer, has been named the James and Clare Frevert Ag 450 Fellow.
The fellowship provides support to the Iowa State Ag 450 Farm, which is the only student managed farm at a land grant university in the United States. The farm has been in operation nearly 75 years. The related AgEdS 450 Farm Operations and Management course serves as the capstone course for agricultural studies majors.
The fellowship will allow Frutchey to fund a graduate student who can help with farm and class activities during the spring, summer and fall sessions, which helps students have a year-round agricultural experience.
“It benefits our students by continuing to have a summer session at the Ag 450 Farm, providing an extra hand and helping a graduate student gain teaching and research experience at the farm,” Frutchey said. “The Frevert Fellowship not only allows us to focus on the educational mission of the Ag450 Farm and course, but also maintain a self-sufficient and sustainable operation that reflects a typical Iowa farm.”
Frutchey received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural studies in 2015 and a master’s degree in agricultural education in 2016 from Iowa State. His areas of expertise include agricultural mechanics and agricultural education.
Jim Frevert joined Hertz Farm Management Inc. in 1964 after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State in farm operations in 1960. He helped build the business’ reputation as a personalized, hands-on service of dedicated professionals. He served as the president from 1988 to 2000 and retired in 2003. The Freverts live in Nevada, Iowa.
— Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
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