Without a farming family background, I had my first contact with a real farmer as a Rotary exchange student in Pennsylvania. What fascinated me about his profession was the diversity of skills needed to make it through the day, the "Let's get the job done first!" mandate, and the determination to stay independent. During a two-year farming apprenticeship and studying agricultural economics afterwards, I came to realize how many other industries are connected through agriculture. Not sure how I actually came to choose a university career, I guess I enjoy research and teaching and problem solving. After working at universities in Germany and the UK, I was offered a job at the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics at U of G in 2005. So here I am, doing my best as the department's undergraduate program coordinator.