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Iowa State a good choice because of 4-H

Rita Cook

Rita Cook says that Iowa State was the obvious choice for college because of her passion for agriculture and ISU’s many choices within her chosen field. It also was a good choice because of her 4-H ties.

4-H became a support system for her as she gained horsemanship and showmanship skills and developed self-confidence and personal skills. Her family and 4-H leaders “believed in me before I even believed in myself.”

Now an ISU freshman, Cook triple majors in ag business, public service and administration (PSA) and economics. She is determined to make a positive difference in the perception Americans have of agriculture. One of her goals is to promote the ag industry to people who have lost close ties to the land.

This article appeared in January 2007 -- From Jack Payne Newsletter