Local student is first graduate from the ASC Agribusiness Program

(05-01-2009)

Business law, accounting, and marketing may not sound like agricultural terms but the business side is vital to the success of any agricultural enterprise. The first graduate of the Adams State College Agribusiness Program, Johanna Steffens Sims, will receive her Bachelor of Science degree in agribusiness at the spring 2009 Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, in Plachy Hall.

The program was implemented her sophomore year and she wanted to take advantage of the opportunity. "It has been a very beneficial program and prepared me well for my career." Sims has already accepted a position with the United Fresh Potatoes Growers of Colorado, based in Monte Vista.

A graduate of Monte Vista High School, Sims was a National Western Stockshow Scholarship recipient her junior year and was crowned the Ski Hi Stampeded Queen in 2004, now a scholarship program, and has applied and received the scholarship every year since. She is graduating with minimum student loan debt, after her four-year education.

Having grown up on a ranch, she has always had an interest in agriculture. Sims and her husband will close soon on their own ranch. Dr. Zena Buser, assistant professor of business, said Sims is a good student with a strong background in, and commitment to, agriculture. "She will be an asset to the agricultural industry."

Attending Adams State was a good fit for Sims. She appreciated the individual attention and professors who developed personal interest in their students. "The professors are really helpful and knowledgeable about their subjects." She was active in the on-campus agribusiness club, serving as treasure her junior her and president her senior year. The club members traveled to conferences including to Moriarty, N.M. and the Agriculture Conference in Monte Vista.

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By Linda Relyea