Warner Agriculture Students Doing Real-World Research
By Sherill Harriger, Library Director
For each of the last three years an Agricultural Studies student has been awarded the Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) Research Award. These students are doing real-world agricultural research that will benefit the production of food for years to come.
Danielle Sprague (2015)
Danielle interned with Dow AgroSciences and worked alongside research scientists in identifying pests in the citrus industry and developing pest control procedures. She is very interested in Entomology and all aspects of dealing with insect pests. Additionally, Danielle completed two practicums – one with the Greening and Canker Extension Education Coordinator at the University of Florida’s Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, Florida and another with the Commercial Citrus Extension Agent with the University of Florida’s Polk County Extension Services in Bartow, Florida wherein she assisted with the expansion of a local weather network for a citrus cold protection program.
She was a participant in the Produce Marketing Association Foundation Career Pathways Program in conjunction with the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association Convention. According to her professors, she was one of the most studious students that they have had the privilege to teach at Warner University.
Kaylee Norris (2016)
Kaylee interned with Phillip Rucks Citrus Nursery in Frostproof, Florida where she performed EP tests on cuttings to determine the sodium content of the soil. She also conducted fertilizer content and quality experiments.
While interning at the Kathleen High School Agricultural Department in Lakeland, Florida, she worked with FFA members who were competing in Career Development competitions. Prior to graduation, she was hired by Highlands Precision Ag to work with their state-of-the-art precision agricultural technologies supporting growers with tools to make accurate and timely crop decisions. She works directly with growers to view the image sets captured by infrared cameras and processes the data after each drone flight.
Jacob Bryan (2017)
Jacob interned with Drs. Gene Albrigo and Manjul Dutt at the University of Florida’s Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) in Lake Alfred, Florida. During his internship with Dr. Albrigo, Jacob collected samples and assembled data for citrus water stress, fruit and tree quality and health, climate effects on citrus, and flowering and fruit development During his internship with Dr. Dutt, Jacob managed micro citrus (finger limes) trees grafted onto various rootstocks, extracted DNA from leaf samples, and grafted citrus trees.
Additionally, he interned with Story Companies in Lake Wales, Florida wherein he experienced firsthand citrus production, from the buying of land to the harvesting of the crop and toured various packing houses in Polk County to observe postharvest processing. During his internship with Citrific Nursery he learned how to clone, transfer, and plant small citrus trees into small tissues boxes using a process called tissue culture. He additionally established greenhouses, from construction to the management of nursery citrus trees.
In order to be nominated for the ACL Research Award, nominees have to be in their last year of study, excel in research, display outstanding characteristics, and demonstrate a record of leadership, ability, and Christian character.
Congratulations to these Warner students who are making a difference!