Emilie Justen BS’00 MS’08 Horticulture
Emilie Justen was raised on a dairy farm and continued to pursue her interest in agriculture as a horticulture student at CALS. Through the guidance of an adviser who was a former Peace Corps volunteer, Justen recognized the Peace Corps as an effective means to pursue and apply her agricultural skills and education. In Guatemala she served as an agricultural extension agent and assisted in the development of a flower nursery for a local women’s group. In her current position with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Justen works to eradicate noxious weeds and help landowners become better land stewards. Her time as a volunteer instilled in her the confidence to take risks and the realization that serving her community must always be at the core of her career, she says.