Liz Hunt, Head of Sustainable and Responsible Business for Syngenta holding yellow flowers in a greenhouse at Kansas State University.

Do What You Love, Love What You Do

Do what you love, love what you do sums up my day spent with Liz Hunt.  Liz didn’t exactly grow up in agriculture, though in small-town Iowa, it was everywhere around her.  In high school, she started working at a greenhouse, and little did she know, that would become her future career.  She realized quickly that she really enjoyed working with plants. So she went on to college at Iowa State University earning a degree in Horticulture.  

Yellow flowers in the greenhouse at Kansas State University.

A Love For Flowers

That path led her to begin working for Syngenta after college, in their flower business. 

I was interested to learn that the Syngenta Flower Division provides seeds and inputs for flower growers around the world.  Most recently, Liz has found her way into the sustainability realm, working as the Head of Sustainable and Responsible Business.

Understanding Sustainability

I was excited to talk more with Liz to gain a little better understanding of what sustainability means to her. And more broadly what it means to Syngenta.  It is a word that is so heavily used but has such a different meaning to many.  

As we walked through the greenhouse on the campus of Kansas State University where we met, she explained it further as it relates to greenhouse plants, specifically flowers. 

Liz Hunt, Head of Sustainable and Responsible Business for Syngenta in a greenhouse at Kansas State University looking at yellow flowers.

Sustainability in Livestock

From there we headed out to the K-State Cattle Research and Intake facility to talk about sustainability as it relates to the livestock industry.  Liz explained that Syngenta researchers learned that a certain type of corn, Enogen, is more easily digested by cattle, so the cattle require less feed and ultimately, reduces the footprint made by raising the animals for consumption.  Enogen Feed corn unlocks feed’s energy potential, providing dairy and beef cattle. producers with an efficient nutrition resource. It was the perfect example to help me understand how a crop could have an effect all the way through the food chain!

Green plants in the greenhouse at Kansas State University.

It makes my heart happy when I see a FarmHer who has followed her passion.  Liz has built a career out of a love of plants and from that has made a significant impact with her work on sustainability.

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