Frank Baggiolini 2017-08-30 01:21:46
Assistant Farm Manager, Maricopa Orchards California State University, Fresno, Mech Systems Management and Precision Ag Technology, B.S., 2016 Hometown: Fresno, California Enjoys: Team roping Istarted college right after high school, studying agribusiness and animal science, but I didn’t fully engage in the academic process. At the time, I was more focused on being a rodeo clown and bullfighter! After marrying at 22, I took a semester off and got a job driving trucks. That turned into a temporary career working for a land-clearing company. Mastering all of the big equipment used in orchard removal became quite a passion for me. I became interested in the details of how the equipment worked and how it could be improved. Grinding orchard trees can be pretty abusive to machinery. My wife persistently encouraged me to return to school and finish my long-ago-started degree—and her relentless urging finally motivated me. In preparation, I worked on my math skills through evening classes at a local junior college while still working full time. When I was ready, I reapplied to Fresno State University. An advisor and I discussed a special major—combining classes from two departments—that was tailored to my individual interests. My decision to go back to school was timed just right. Never underestimate the value of new or renewed experiences! During my degree program, I entered several poster competitions—that’s a great way to share research projects and explain your work to others (and sometimes win a little spending money). Considering the different possibilities that ag technology has to offer, the range of interesting projects can be endless —so putting your work on a poster is valuable for you and for others. I like to pay attention to the details and analyze situations, to help solve problems in agriculture. At the commercial farming operation where I work, we are always looking for ways to improve our practices while retaining sustainability. Long term, I’d like to design and build some patentable machines. Five years from now, I’d like to be selling my first patent!
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