STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences


Barbara McBreen


Even though he's managing a farm two hours away from Ames while tackling a full class schedule, Andy Edson doesn't see himself as an entrepreneur. He says it's how you approach business that defines entrepreneur. "Some people think that anyone who starts a business is an entrepreneur," says Edson, a junior in agricultural business. "As entrepreneur is someone who is innovative and tries to do things differently." Edson, who is part of fifth generation to grow up on his family farm, plans to partner with his dad and perhaps run the operation in the future. It's a transition they have slowly begun. Edson started farming 14 acres three years ago on their farm near Nashua, Iowa. In 2009, a neighbor asked him to farm another 600 acres. "Paying rent and writing bigger checks was a new experience, but that's how I learn," Edson says.