IAAS, the International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences, is a worldwide network of student leaders in the aforementioned fields. Its mission is to promote the exchange of experience, knowledge and ideas, and to improve the mutual understanding between students in the fields of agricultural and related sciences all over the world. Since its establishment in 1957, IAAS has expanded its reach to over 40 countries, with multiple chapters in many of the countries. IAAS organizes activities like seminars, working camps, international meetings, exchange weeks, an international exchange program and small-scale development projects.
The Iowa State University International Agriculture Club (IAAS-ISU) is one of the more than fifty established IAAS Committees around the world. Over the past eight years, IAAS-ISU has been a part of many Iowa State students’ lives and serves as a network for learning, collaboration, and travel. IAAS-ISU is composed of determined and curious students from diverse disciplines, united by an interest in international agriculture.
As a part of IAAS World, IAAS-ISU sends students to international conferences around the world to learn about agriculture and collaborate and network with students from other countries. We also work hard to involve our student members in local activities such as visits to area community farms, lectures from professors and policy makers, and attending conferences such as the World Food Prize. IAAS-ISU is a body of engaged students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines with common interests in global food systems, sustainable development, and life-long learning. In addition to engaging in community activities and international events, our IAAS committee at ISU meets bi-monthly in the Multi-Cultural Center of the Memorial Union.
The International Association of Students in Agriculture and Related Sciences holds a number of international conferences each year, providing an avenue for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and learning amongst emerging leaders in agricultural disciplines. The largest and most recognized IAAS event is its annual World Congress. This three-week assembly draws nearly 100 student leaders from around the globe to learn from each other and sponsoring organizations about the agricultural industry and its systems within the host country.
The 2014 World Conference theme is “Farming for the Future.” Our focus throughout the conference will be on long-term sustainability, technologies, and innovations in the agricultural industry. Through exploring questions and issues centered around feeding a world of 9 billion, climate change’s impact to agriculture, and how we, as future leaders, fit into the potential solutions, the 2014 IAAS World Congress will cultivate greater understanding, inspiration and insight.
Sam Ennett is currently a junior in Global Resource Systems and Environmental Science. He has interests in water conservation, environmental conservation, and water pollution related to modern agricultural practices and the effects they have on our society. He looks forward to leading an amazing group of passionate people for this coming year in IAAS. In his spare time Sam likes to hike, fish, and play soccer.
Julie Perreault is a senior studying global resource systems and environmental science. Her original interests in anthropogenic environment change has catalyzed interest in agricultural issues, especially global water issues, including, water scarcity, access, quality and the resulting health implications. As the Recruitment Chair for IAAS ISU, she enjoys engaging and educating students about various agricultural and related issues. Julie is always up for a good conversation about everything from global agriculture and sustainable city design, to one of her many other interests such as music, traveling, good food, art, writing, and hiking.
Austin Clark is a sophomore in global resource systems. Austin has a strong interest in cultural sociology and politics. In high school, he had the opportunity to travel to Uganda on a school service project, creating an interest in international travel and studying other cultures. Austin is involved in the planning of the 2014 IAAS World Congress that Iowa State University is hosting, and he looks forward to all of the great activities that have been scheduled for that conference. In his free time, Austin likes to run and go on bike rides.
World Congress Co-Director
Becca Clay is a junior majoring in agronomy and global resource systems. With a passion for sustainable agriculture, Becca looks forward to promoting discussion on “Farming for the Future” at the upcoming IAAS World Congress. She serves as the 2014 WOCO co-director, the secretary for IAAS-ISU, and the IAAS-ISU representative on the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Council. In her free time, Becca enjoys spending time outside by gardening, hiking, running, or biking. She also enjoys traveling and learning about agriculture around the world.
Brian Castro, Graduating senior in human nutrition, global resource systems, and emerging global diseases (minor). With strong interests in food security, social justice, disease sprawl, and nutritional epidemiology, Castro has been involved with IAAS-ISU since fall 2012, serving as US representative for the European Director’s Meeting in Sweden (2012-13) and Poland (2013-14). As co-director for World Congress- USA 2014, Castro is fully committed to connecting agricultural students on a global level to discuss issues regarding agricultural trade, economic policies, and the promotion of sustainable development. He hopes to see you at the next World Congress in July 2014!
Stephanie Thy Tran, a senior in Global Resource Systems and Environmental Science, identifies herself as an environmental enthusiast and passionate humanitarian. Through her experiences at ISU, her initial interests in environmental conservation has expanded to global sustainable agriculture and food security. As a recent addition to IAAS-ISU, Stephanie is excited to contribute all her efforts and passion to the promotion of agricultural knowledge on a global scale while fostering an up-beat, cheery environment for IAAS. Her other interests include hiking, reading, fitness, globe-trotting, writing, drinking tea, and aimlessly browsing the internet.
Mikayla Sullivan is a sophomore in Global Resource Systems and Public Service and Administration in Agriculture. She joined IAAS in fall 2013 when she arrived at Iowa State. She has enjoyed getting involved in IAAS thus far and traveling to Poland for the European Director’s Meeting over winter break of 2013, as well as helping plan World Congress for this coming summer. Outside of IAAS, she enjoys going on adventures, baking delicious treats, and spending time with friends.
Greer Brown, outreach co-coordinator, is a junior in Economics and Global Resource Systems. She joined IAAS in the winter of 2014 in the hopes of becoming better- rounded agriculturally and ended up making great friends. Her interests lie primarily in the social and economic advancement of women. With most women in developing countries working in agriculture, IAAS ties perfectly into her areas of interest. Between the farm tours, unique presentations during clubs, and boundless conference opportunities, Greer has learned a lot through IAAS and is excited to be part of the executive board for the Iowa State chapter.
Rylee McDermott is a sophomore as ISU double majoring in Global Resource Systems and Dietetics. She is very interested in global food insecurity and malnutrition. She really loves the idea of IAAS because she sees that it breaks the traditional look of trying to pinpoint agriculture to primarily farming, and that ideas that flow on an international level can result in amazing results and inspiration. Her first big experience with IAAS took her to the European Director’s Meeting in Poland during winter of 2013. Rylee is very happy to be helping with World Congress and to be working with a great team.