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
Expected date of graduation: May 2015
USDA Agency of interest: USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Service
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 .
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.