My first couple of weeks as a summer scholar at the Noble Research Institute have allowed me to participate in a variety of activities, including those outside of my discipline. Artificial insemination of cattle is by far the most notable thus far. Coming into the scholarship, I was not exactly sure what to expect. Being a horticulture major, I thought I would mainly be working with pecans, but my experiences here have been much broader than that.
Pollinating plants is right up my alley. "Pollinating" cows ... not so much. I think I will stick with horticulture for now, which made me wonder ... where's the nuts?
Andrew Scruggs is a 2013 Lloyd Noble Scholar in Agriculture from Cliffside, N.C. He is currently a senior at North Carolina State University majoring in horticultural science and minoring in ag business management and soil science.