College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Institute of Applied Agriculture

Becky Jones – IAA’s Outstanding Student

“Find your passion and pursue it” – Becky Jones
Brandy Walterhoefer
IAA student Becky Jones excelled in Jull Hall
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Edwin Remsberg

Becky Jones, a devoted, ambitious, passionate student at the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA), has been recognized as the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Outstanding Student in the 2-year program.  This is a well-deserved honor for a fourth generation farmer from Calvert County.

After her May graduation from the IAA, Jones, an Agricultural Business Management major, plans to earn her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics. After college, she intends to create a meaningful career in the agriculture industry.

Her goals may seem simple and clear cut, but for someone is as involved and committed in the community as Jones is, it’s certainly not easy. Jones currently works as a Communications Intern at Maryland Farm Bureau where she manages social media, updates website, and coordinates events. Previously, she interned at the Maryland 4-H Center where she assistant coordinated state-wide events and created organization systems.

In addition, Jones has worked on her family farm for the past four summers. As Windy Willow Farm Services’ administrative assistant, she managed two weekly farmer’s markets; filed receipts, invoices, and paperwork; marketed the business through social media, websites, and list serves; answered phones and responded to emails in order to create a positive customer service experience.

Jones is the first IAA student to serve as the President of the AGNR Student Council, where she works alongside Dean Beyrouty and other AGNR leaders. She co-founded and is the president of the Collegiate Farm Bureau at the University of Maryland and is also the president of Maryland 4-H state council where she leads a 55-member council. On top of all this, she is a committee chair of Sigma Alpha Professional Sorority.

How does she handle all this? Jones states, “People often ask how I manage the life I’ve chosen to live. Sometimes, I ask myself the same question. My life is hectic, but I love it and wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Clearly, Jones accepts every challenge given to her and commits to every single one fully. Larissa Cioaca, a professor at the IAA, states, “Becky is an exceptional student who takes every opportunity to learn about the science and business of agriculture.”  

The IAA is very important to Jones because she has been supported by everyone involved since the beginning and has been guided fully during the process of her earning her spot on the University of Maryland Dean’s List for the past two years.

 Jones stated, “The IAA is the foundation of who I am here at the University; I wouldn’t be where I am without all the support and guidance.”

Becky Jones will be recognized alongside other Outstanding Students at the AGNR Celebration Showcase on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 5:30 pm at the Riggs Alumni Center.

Congratulations Becky!

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