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Student Spotlight: Kyle Freimuth

Kyle is a 1st year transfer student in the Food and Resource Economic Department.  He gains real-world experience balancing a job and school while working at the UF/IFAS Plant Science Research and Education Unit.

Kyle’s Background

Kyle is inspired by his mother, Brenda Freimuth, who graduated from UF, taught agriculture, and was an avid FFA advisor.  After Kyle’s mother passed away over a year ago, Kyle is a proud Gator who attributes his success and love of agriculture to his mother.  He hopes to keep her memory alive through his work and studies.

School and Work Balance

After Kyle leaves the classroom, he travels 20 minutes to Citra, Florida to work at the UF/IFAS Plant Science Research and Education Unit.  

Over the past 3 years of employment with IFAS, Kyle has gained experience working with various agronomy research projects.  He is currently harvesting his forage of sorghum trials.

Kyle serves on a team of experienced research coordinators and agricultural assistants who offer tangible and non-tangible skills needed to conduct public/private research studies in plant science including:

  • field preparation
  • planting
  • cultivating
  • harvest assistance

Meaningful Work Provides Real-World Application

Before becoming a student at UF, Kyle admits he often had a hard time understanding the value of some of the research projects and his role at the farm, but that is beginning to change.
Kyle is actively engaged in the Challenge 2050 Project and is beginning understand his role to improve agribusiness and food security world-wide.

About the Farm

The UF/IFAS Plant Sciences Research and Education Unit provides 1,100 acres of land used by over 150 researchers conducting more than 800 projects a year.   Additional resources on the farm includes:

  • Greenhouses
  • Storage Facilities
  • Packing House
  • Plant Dryers
  • Turf Research Building
  • Lab Classes
  • Inmate Labor Program
  • Heavy Equipment Program and more ...

Real-world Application

Kyle balances work and school as a 1st year transfer student in the Food and Resource Economics Department.