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Dr. Duane Bajema
Assistant Adjunct - Agriculture
I grew up on a mixed livestock and grain farm in southwest Minnesota, and attended Hills-Beaver Creek High School where I was active in athletics and FFA. I attended Dordt College for two years majoring in chemistry and transferred to the University of Minnesota where I received a BS degree in 1971.
- B.Sc. Agriculture Education University of Minnesota
I took a position with the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee to do agricultural and community development work during which time I also earned a diploma from Instituto Mexicano-Nortamericano. My wife Jan and I worked in Mexico primarily in the town of Tlacolula, Oaxaca for five years. We returned to the United States in 1976 where I accepted a position to teach agriculture in Walnut Grove, MN. I accepted a position in 1977 to begin a program and teach agriculture at Dordt College. The subsequent degrees are:
- M.Sc. Agriculture, Iowa State University
- Ph.D. Agriculture Education, Iowa State University
- Master Beekeeper, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Emeritated 2018
I have taught a variety of ag department courses and courses that are part of the core program of the college. I have also served in various administrative capacities for the college. I served as the Pre-Vet advisor for the university. I have taught beekeeping courses to members of the community. I teach the following courses:
- Orientation and Ag Safety
- Introduction to Animal Science
- Principles of Swine Science
- Marketing of Agricultural Products
- Directed Study
- Culture, Missions, and Community Development in Nicaragua
I am active in the local beef and swine producers organizations, and various professional academic societies. I serve on the Animal Care and Use Committee of Trans Ova Genetics.
I have served as an advisor to various student Directed Study teams which are usually teams of three students. Examples of student projects are:
- Dust Explosion Simulator (see video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYjqr1xjxy0)
- Examination of the Prevalence of MRSA in Northwest Iowa Swine Facilities and Farmers
- Use of Skycis in Swine Finishing Rations to Improve Rate of Gain
- Agriculture Policy in the Netherlands
- Analysis of an Alternative Self-Harvesting Feedstuff System for Swine