Jacob Auer is from the small town of Lenapah, Oklahoma where his family raises cattle and alfalfa. Growing up in agriculture helped him develop an appreciation for the industry and acquire important life skills. Combining his passion for agriculture with an interest in engineering and problem solving, Jacob studied Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Oklahoma State University. His time at OSU has been filled with unique learning experiences including setting up a hydroponics system at an orphanage in Uganda. Jacob has also conducted research through the university, resulting in the designing, building, and testing of a small-scale grain drying system meant to help agriculturalists in lesser-developed countries store their harvest at an optimal moisture content to prevent spoilage.
Upon graduating from OSU in May, Jacob plans to continue his education at the University of California, Davis in the Master of International Agricultural Development program.