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Iowa State University sophomore plans a career promoting agriculture

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Erin Chalupa has been awarded the 2019 ISA Rising Star Award for her outstanding leadership skills and passion for promoting agriculture. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)

By Lauren Houska, ISA communications specialist

Recognized at the annual Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) awards banquet on Dec. 13, Keota native and current Iowa State University student Erin Chalupa accepted the Rising Star Award in Ankeny, sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.

Raised on a farm near Keota, Chalupa has always been passionate about promoting agriculture. A sophomore studying agricultural communications, Chalupa is a member of the Soy Squad—ISA’s collegiate organization—in addition to volunteering at many events, including ISU Animal Learning Day, Iowa FFA State Convention, and the Iowa State Fair.

“I’ve made a point to seize every opportunity to learn more about promoting agriculture,” said Chalupa. “I highlight different issues and facts in agriculture through my classwork, blog posts and social media.”

Chalupa also participated in the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Ag Voices of the Future program this summer. Only ten college students were selected for this opportunity across the nation Through the program, she travelled to Washington D.C. and learned new tools for promoting the soybean industry. As a crop scout intern with Nutrient Ag Solutions in Keswick this summer, Chalupa applied some of the things she learned through the ISA and ASA.

“I recommend that any agriculturalist work in production at some point in their career, as it has provided me valuable, hands-on experience.”

Chalupa has big plans for her future and her career.

“I plan to continue to promote the soybean industry in Iowa, Washington D.C. and possibly internationally by continuing to take advantage of every opportunity available.”

Chalupa is the daughter of Nate and Anne Chalupa of Keota.

Katie Johnson, ISA public relations manager, contributed to this report. 

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