When asked how he got involved in the agriculture industry Luke Konyn simply stated, “I’ve been helping on the farm since I could walk.” Not much has changed for the junior plant science and agricultural business double major. He is still as involved in the agriculture industry today as he was when he was a little boy.
Konyn’s involvement spreads far past working on the farm in Durham with his dad, uncle, and cousin. He is also a member of the CSU, Chico Plant Science Club and is involved in Young Farmers and Ranchers, a group of active agriculturalists between the ages of 18 and 35 who develop leadership skills through active involvement in the Farm Bureau organization. Looking back at the experience CSU, Chico offered him, Konyn said, “Going to Chico State has allowed me to stay and work on the family farm, which is really important during harvest time and other busy times of the year.”
Konyn, who interned at Helena Chemical Company last summer, is currently working at Tractor Supply Company. His work experience will continue to help him as he pursues certification in plant protection by obtaining his PCA license. Dr. Richard Rosecrance said, “Luke is a clear thinker and a hard worker. I think he will make an excellent plant scientist.”