Morgan Sparks grew up in Greene County, a rural part of Indiana where farms dot the landscape. A few extended family members farm the land, but she admits she only knew just “a little bit about ag.”
“I was in 4-H, but I didn’t do any of like the agriculture-based projects,” admitted Sparks during the Ag+Bio+Science podcast presented by AgriNovus Indiana.
Yet, despite her hands-off experience of growing crops or raising livestock, she is a Field Atlas ambassador for AgriNovus Indiana.
As an intern with the program, she helps promote the varied career choices available through agriculture.
“I just want to help other students be able to see all the pathways that they have and feel that this (Field Atlas) is amazing for that. Just being able to look at pathways and stories from the field,” Sparks told Inside INdiana Business and podcast host Gerry Dick.
Sparks is a senior at the University of Southern Indiana where she is double majoring in mathematics and economics.
“I’m kind of looking at data analysis and financial analysis as like a future career,” said Sparks.
Like many undergraduate students, she was indecisive about her career path. But she says the Field Atlas, which AgriNovus launched last fall, is a perfect tool to help steer high school and college students towards the abundant job choices in Indiana’s agbioscience sector.
“I try to reach out to freshmen and sophomores a lot because I feel getting them started younger will get them in my mind to like, ‘Okay, this might be where I want to go. Maybe I need to set it up a little bit more and grab an ag class,” said Sparks.
The full podcast will be available Monday morning. You can find more information on how you can listen by clicking here.