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.
Paige Myers is a sophomore in Global Resource Systems and Agriculture and Society. She joined IAAS to broaden her horizons and her understanding of global agriculture. Paige believes in the importance of agriculture because as Norman Borlaug said, “Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world.”She also went to Tanzania and worked in a Children’s feeding center starting up a child sponsorship program for Outreach . In her spare time Paige enjoys dancing, spending time with her family (and show goats!), learning more about agriculture, and hanging out with friends.
Vice President and Secretary
Alexandria Wilson is a sophomore in Animal Science and Global Resource Systems. Allie is passionate about fighting hunger through livestock production and female empowerment. Allie’s drive comes from a recent summer long internship in Costa Rica. This led Allie to become motivated to fight hunger abroad. Coming from a suburban New Jersey area, this was her first time abroad and her first time facing the harsh reality of hunger. She hopes to continue traveling throughout the world, broaden her perspective, and help others. She also enjoys petting dogs, reading, aimlessly binge watching netflix, sarcasm, and bad puns. Allie is eager and ready to become involved with IAAS in the coming years.
Lauren Suhi is currently a sophomore studying Environmental Science and Global Resource Systems. Her interests in sustainable agriculture has developed through attending the World Food Prize with IAAS along with other professors who share her interest across campus. Coming from suburban Chicagoland, she has been enthusiastically trying to catch up to the learning curve about agricultural issues. She joined IAAS in 2014 to learn more about agriculture and travel opportunities at ISU. Besides studying or watching reruns of Sex and the City, she also enjoys making and eating macaroni and cheese while occasionally going on rants on environmental quality.