Rex J.R. Tietje
Agricultural Systems Management
Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
2020 Distinguished Senior Award Celebration Program (.pdf)
The Agricultural Systems Management Club was awarded the CFAES Student Organization of the Year award for the culmination of accomplishments and service projects in the 2018-2019 academic year, and as its president Rex Tietje felt a tremendous sense of accomplishment. Rex identifies his term as the club’s president as his most rewarding and enjoyable experience as an undergraduate; he especially appreciated working closely with fellow members to contribute to the club’s success. Rex has served in multiple officer roles in the Agricultural Systems Management Club as well as maintained active involvement with the CFAES Student Council. Rex was also a member of the Crops and Soils Club.
During two internships with Ohio at Legacy Farmers Cooperative and Redline Equipment, Rex was able to gain valuable experience related to his interests in agronomy, precision farming, customer relationships, and other specialty areas which will continue to support him professionally in the future.
In addition to his studies and extracurricular involvement, in 2018 Rex teamed up with his brother to establish a Beck’s Hybrids seed dealership business, Buckeye Advanced Ag, LLC. He admits that operating the dealership in Deshler while also attending classes in Columbus had its challenges, but it was the most valuable learning experience during his undergraduate period. The launch and operation of this business provided a unique perspective on his education, as it allowed him “…to apply what I was learning in class to scenarios that were happening in the dealership simultaneously.”
While engaged for the last two years in the FABE Precision Agriculture research, Rex participated in data collection efforts on the research group’s trials. He has enjoyed working on this research and is appreciative of the support from Mr. Andrew Klopfenstein, who leads these projects.
During Rex’s time at Ohio State, he was awarded the following honors and recognition: Dean’s List | Edward S. “Beanie” Drake Student Leader Endowment Fund Scholarship | Ohio Soybean Council Foundation Scholarship | The Ohio State University Provost Scholarship.
Following graduation, Rex plans to return to his family’s farm to apply everything he has learned to its operation and growth. He will also continue to manage his seed dealership. He is grateful for the foundation provided by his education at The Ohio State University and knows that his desire to learn will benefit him long after graduation.
Rex has identified Dr. Dewey Mann and Mr. Ryan Tietje as his mentors. Dr. Mann, as the advisor of the Agricultural Systems Management Club, has consistently guided Rex in his officer responsibilities to the club, academics, and work. Rex appreciates Dr. Mann’s willingness to go above and beyond to make sure all students that seek his help leave with the necessary tools to make a confident choice about a problem they face. Ryan Tietje is Rex’s older brother and a Research Associate Engineer for the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Mr. Tietje has always been an influence in Rex’s life, particularly as he has navigated the university, encouraging Rex to participate in student organizations and to maintain focus on his studies.