Student Spotlight: Moriah Heerten

Moriah Heerten

Hometown: Springview, Neb. 

Major: Agronomy and Agricultural Economics

Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2019

Why did you decide to come to the Unviersity of Nebraska–Lincoln?

I decided to come to UNL because UNL has a very advanced agronomy and ag economics program. UNL offers some of the best and latest information in regards to the programs of study I am in, all the while allowing me to relate this information back to my family’s farm and ranch operation in north central Nebraska.

What is your favorite thing about the University of Nebraska–Lincoln? 

My favorite thing about UNL is all of the friends that I have made. Coming from a small town, most students in high school got along and became friends but didn’t have that much in common. Here at UNL, I have been able to meet and gain a group of close-knit friends all with the same overall interests.

What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why? 

Up to this point in college, I don’t have one specific favorite class - I have two. My two favorite classes that I’ve taken are Plant Science and Intro Grain Commodity Marketing. I loved plant science because this class allowed us to look at plants and how they work on a very small, more cellular level, while still overall allowing us to apply that knowledge back to the field. Currently I’m taking Intro Grain Commodity Marketing, and this class interests me because there is so much benefit in marketing harvested crops prior to harvest to lock in better prices.

What are your plans post-graduation? 

After graduating from college, I ideally would like to gain more experience in my areas of study, agronomy and ag economics, by possibly being a part of a rural cooperative in an agronomy or marketing department. Overall my goal would be to return home to my family’s farm and ranch operation and work with my older brother, dad and uncle to help build the operation and create a lasting legacy for future generations.

What's life like away from school?

As it stands right now, school keeps me pretty busy! But when I’m not busy with school, I like to spend as much time as I can with my friends, family, and border collie puppy, Gus.