Iowa State University Graduate Program Marks a Decade of Delivering Online Education to Seed Industry Professionals

Ames, IA (July 20, 2017) — The online Graduate Program in Seed Technology and Business (STB) at Iowa State University (ISU) will celebrate 10 years of delivering online education to seed industry professionals this year. To commemorate this milestone the program will be rolling out several initiatives in the coming years, including a football tailgate party this fall to be held before an Iowa State Cyclones football game.

The Seed Technology and Business program enrolled their first graduate students in the fall semester of 2007 and has grown the program exponentially from that time. The program also will celebrate its 50th graduate this fall. There are currently more than 60 students working towards completing their master’s degree or certificate in Seed Science and Technology or Seed Business Management.

“We take a lot of pride in each of our students and understand that it is quite an accomplishment to complete a master’s degree while continuing to work fulltime and still have an active family life. We are looking forward to acknowledging all of our students, alumni, faculty and staff in a 10-YEAR celebration this fall,” says Lori Youngberg, Seed Technology and Business Graduate Program Coordinator.

The Seed Technology and Business graduate program attracts students from Iowa who are currently employed by several major seed companies. Yet, because the STB program is delivered completely online, the program’s enrollment of out-of-state and international students has increased steadily over the last 10 years. Since 2007, the STB program has enrolled students from more than 22 states and 11 different countries worldwide.

The graduate program in Seed Technology and Business is accepting application for the spring 2018 semester through November. Orientation courses are now being offered every summer. For more information about the STB online graduate program or online learning in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, please contact Lori Youngberg at 515-294-9137 or email

Source:  ISU Graduate Program in Seed Technology & Business