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Annie Palmer

Annie Palmer

Academic Class: 2018

Hometown: Indianola, Iowa

Major: Animal science

Minor: Agriculture business, agriculture communication

Other Activities:

  • Block and Bridle
  • Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow
  • Worked at SouthPaws veterinary clinic in Maryville

Annie is passionate about impacting the world and changing the world for the better through agriculture education. This summer she’s traveling to Ghana in West Africa for a year-long appointment as an Agricorps fellow. She will teach ag education in schools and local communities, work as an extension agent and build interest in 4-H, which is working to expand globally.

Annie was just one of 11 students in the nation to be granted the opportunity, and the fellowship will further her interest in the issue of food security. She also will use the communication skills and knowledge she gained at Northwest to share stories related to agriculture.

“I’ll be able to empower people with that knowledge of how to better grow their own food and be sustainable. It’s crazy with the access we have to food that people are going to bed hungry and face that issue every single day. By empowering people with the knowledge of how to grow their own food and knowing they can put food on their table if they can’t make it to the grocery store is pretty huge.”

Annie selected Northwest as her place for college when she toured the campus and quickly developed an appreciation for it.

I was really going for the size and it was just a really good fit, and it was the best decision I could have ever made. The campus is absolutely gorgeous.  - Annie Palmer

Be involved

Annie was active in numerous agriculture-related organizations at Northwest.

“Just being with a group of people who are passionate about the same things you are is amazing, and being able to talk and relate to those people and seeing the different opportunities that you have is valuable. Finding a place that’s a home away from home really is amazing.”

 

Faculty support

Annie took advantage of opportunities to learn from Northwest’s supportive faculty. She gained confidence in her qualifications and ability to handle challenges.

“They’re people that absolutely supported me dreaming big and going after whatever you wanted to. As long as you put your mind to it, you can absolutely do it, even if it seems kind of impossible at the moment.”