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Chloe Hoenig chosen to attend AgDiscovery at ISU

Aug 22, 2018

Chloe Hoenig, of West Point, spent the last two weeks at the ninth annual United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) sponsored, AgDiscovery program hosted by Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames. She was one of 16 high school students selected from 57 applicants from 12 different states and territories around the country who applied to the Iowa State University program. Chloe will be a junior at Ft. Madison High School this coming school year and plans to attend Iowa State University’s Veterinarian Program after high school.

AgDiscovery is an outreach program to help high school students learn about careers in plant and animal science, wildlife management and agribusiness. The program allows students to live on a college campus and learn about agriculture from university professors and scientists in a variety of fields. The focus of ISU’s AgDiscovery program is the interconnections between wildlife biology and conservation, laboratory technology and diagnostics, animal science and veterinary medicine. Participants spent two weeks living at Buchanan Hall, eating at Conversations Dining Hall on the ISU campus and visiting facilities including Blank Park Zoo, Jester Park Equestrian Center, Reiman Gardens, Native Prairie Bison Ranch, Springbrook State Park, Animal Rescue League, C & M Acres Alpaca Farm, Obviously Ostriches, Rimallama, Green Ash Goat Farm, Calkins Nature Center, Olofson Shooting Range, Wild Rose Pastures, Quam Family Farm, Hawkeye Breeders Service, Story City Locker, Dallas County Weigh Station, ISU Poultry Farms, ISU College of Veterinary Medicine, MG Biologics, USDA’s National Centers for Animal Health and USDA Wildlife Services at Des Moines International Airport. Students get “hands on” experience in anatomy, bacteriology, hematology, parasitology, immunology, embryology, animal necropsies, small animal dentistry, epidemiology and other veterinary diagnostic procedures. Students also participate in diversity, character and team-building activities and visit local cultural attractions such as the High Trestle Bridge near Madrid.

Iowa State University is one of 22 university programs who participated in the USDA’s AgDiscovery Program in 2018. Each university’s AgDiscovery program focuses on a specific area of interest to our nation’s agriculture, such as plant health, entomology, veterinary science, animal care, wildlife biology, biotechnology, animal health or agribusiness. AgDiscovery is a unique opportunity for students to gain a firsthand look at the many career paths open to them in the agricultural sciences.

To learn more about the AgDiscovery program, contact Tammy Lowry of the USDA-APHIS Office of the Administrator, Office of Civil Rights, Diversity and Inclusion at 301-851-4181, or by email at

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