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Student: Rosiel M. Grajales Cortés

Name: Grajales Cortés Rosiel M.

Hometown: Isabela, Puerto Rico

Institution: University of Puerto Rico

Campus: Mayaguez Campus

Rank: Undergraduate student

Major: Soils

Expected date of graduation: May 2015

Degree: None

USDA Agency of interest: USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Service



Career cxperience/location:

The past two summers I had the experience to work with the USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Service of North Carolina. The first one was at Robeson County with the

Distrcit Conservationisr Jeremy Roston Navas as my supervisor. The second summer experience was at Iredell County under the guidance of the District Conservationist

Jim Propst. This semester I am working with Iowa Sate University with Mrs. Nieves Rivera as my supervisor.


Description of career experience (what I learned):

During these internships I learned several skills that have had helped to grow as a professional. With the NRCS Agency I learned about the Highly Erodible Compliance

Reviews (HEL), Crop Rotation Program (CRP), Soils Investigation, Surveying, among others. Cureently, with Iowa State University, I am learning about research, Crossing

Block’s, developing soy beans seeds with disease resistance and crop management.


What is your perception of agriculture now:

Agriculture is the basis of life. Everything around us wouldn’t be done without agriculture. Every human must learn its importance and must have the initiative to work in

this campus. Our new generations grow with less interest in agriculture and that’s bad for our survival. Without agriculture there’s no food, no existence of human life.


How has this career experience broadened your employment opportunities:

These types of experiences had helped me to gain knowledge in different aspects of agriculture. I learned about the field, but also about leadership and how to deal face to

face with people. Thanks to these internships I am well prepared to work with the NRCS Agency. They are waiting for my graduation day to start working for them and also

Monsanto had asked me for an Internship with them.


Career and research aspirations:

My short term goal is to accomplish my Bachelors in Soils in the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez on May 2015. After my Bachelors, I will like to work with the NRCS

Agency while I studying my Masters and PhD in Crop Science, in North Carolina State University. I wish to become a professor and researcher .


Skill Set:

Bilingual-English/Spanish-computer Bilingual-English/Spanish- Fluent speaking Intermediate- Soils Investigation-CRP-HEL Compliances-Conservation Plans-Survey


The impact of my career experience:

During the Natural Resources Conservation Service internship, I learned about the impact of erosion on the fields affecting the crop yield and the ecosistem around it. The

practices to prevent this are No-tillage and Grass Waterways. I also learned the basics of surveying for constructing a structure or for determine an HEL. The importance of

the Conservation Crop Rotation is to control diseases or pests , also to promote wildlife. I learned that NRCS promotes the composter facilities to prevent soils and water

contamination caused by leaching off an decomposing animal. With Iowa State University, I learned about crop management, but more importantly about the importance of

creating seeds with disease resistance. Everyday the non disereble plants and diseases generate resistance to pesticides and herbicedes. That’s why it is why the research is

so important. We have to generate plants with disease resistance to protect our food.

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