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Cassandra Osborn

Cassandra in the field with horses

Degree: B.S.Agr. in Agricultural and Extension Education, Equine Management minor, May 2012; Associate of Agriculture degree from Potomac State College before transferring to WVU

Career: Cassandra is a Soil Conservationist for NRCS - Natural Resource Conservation Service in Dumas, Texas. She helps landowners identify and fund resource management projects to better the management of land, and as a result improve livestock and crop production practices. 

Working Student Experience: Cassandra worked on university-run farms at Potomac State College, where she earned an Associate of Agriculture degree, before transferring to WVU. At WVU, she worked at the JW Ruby Research Farm at the horse unit. She also worked in WVU’s soil research lab and was an Earth Team volunteered for NRCS during summer months.

Claim to Fame: Cassandra was part of the first student working team during the revitalization of the horse unit. She and her coworkers installed best management practices like automatic watering pads, winter feeding areas, and forage plots to improve the management of the farm. She notes the relationships she made with these fellow students represent some of her best memories and remain her biggest asset to date.

WVU Student Organizations: Cassandra was a member of WVU’s Collegiate Horseman’s Association, the Plant and Soil Science club and Alpha Tau Alpha, a National Professional Honorary Agricultural Education Organization. She attended as many of these as was possible, even traveling to national conventions and competitions.

About Attending WVU: “Take full advantage of every class, club activity and work experience offered to you. It builds, not only memories, but knowledge and skills you will use for the rest of your life. Study abroad; the best class I ever enrolled in allowed me to travel to Europe for three weeks and learn about different agricultural practices and cultures.”