Libertyville Savings Bank renews support for agribusiness at Iowa Wesleyan University


Libertyville Savings Bank, with offices in Libertyville, Fairfield, Eldon, Keosauqua, Keota and Douds, recently sat down with Steven Hulsizer, Assistant Professor of Agribusiness at Iowa Wesleyan University, to discuss the Bank’s scholarship in agribusiness. -industry. Scholarships in the amount of $1,250 are available annually for graduates of Cardinal CSD (Eldon), Fairfield CSD, Keota CSD, Beijing CSD (Packwood), and Van Buren County CSD (Keosauqua), including transfer students to IW from other colleges.

“The Agribusiness program at Iowa Wesleyan is a great opportunity for students to pursue an education in agriculture while staying in Southeast Iowa. Agriculture is a lifeblood of all of our communities, and we are thrilled to provide a scholarship that helps local students further their education in this field,” said Jill D. Burnett, CEO of Libertyville Savings Bank.

The Agribusiness program, established at IW in fall 2020, provides students with an education in agriculture and solid business principles so they can return home after graduation and work in agriculture-related businesses who support local farms or manage their family farming business. The program combines courses in business and new agriculture, such as precision farming systems and entrepreneurship in agriculture. Students will also gain real-world experience through a six-credit internship in various agribusinesses, including agricultural lending.

Professor Hulsizer comes to IW from the agribusiness sector, most recently serving as Director of Business Development Support at Seaboard Foods. His undergraduate degree was in Agricultural Business Management and his Masters in Homeland Security-Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense, both from Penn State University.

Information about the Iowa Wesleyan Agribusiness program is available at, including links to apply for admission and other scholarships.

Pictured above are Colby Deao, director of marketing at Libertyville Savings Bank, and Steven Hulsizer, assistant professor of agribusiness at Iowa Wesleyan University. (Photo submitted)


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