Nov. 2, 2021
Caleb Grohmann, a doctoral student in informatics and data science in the College of engineering, has been selected as a Future Leaders for Food and Agriculture (FFAR) Fellow.
“The FFAR Fellowship is a great opportunity to network with other PhD students from different universities,” Grohmann said. “Everyone has such diverse backgrounds and it’s been interesting to learn about everyone’s research.”
The FFAR Fellows Program was established to provide professional development and career guidance to the next generation of food and agriculture scientists across the Foundation for Food and Agriculture’s Challenge Areas and strategic initiatives.
Through his fellowship, Grohmann has been working with The Maschhoffs LLC, finding regions of a pig’s DNA genome that have changed over time due to selective breeding. The team will use the regions identified to increase predication accuracy for economically relevant traits within The Maschhoffs’ genetic program. Grohmann will also be working with data from remote sensors on commercial weaning to market farms.
“This opportunity is helping me network and build connections in the agricultural industry that will last a lifetime,” he said. “It’s also teaching me how to effectively communicate my findings to a diverse range of audiences, a skill that will be invaluable throughout my entire career.”