by Lana Koepke Johnson | Agronomy and Horticulture
Matt Mittman is one of 20 University of Nebraska–Lincoln students who were recognized as Chancellor’s Scholars during the undergraduate commencement ceremonies Dec. 16, 2023, at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Chancellor’s Scholars are students who have maintained 4.0 grade-point averages on all collegiate work at Nebraska and elsewhere. This is the highest academic honor awarded to graduating undergraduates.
Mittman grew up near York, Nebraska. He came to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln excited to study agronomy with the goal of joining the family crop consulting business, Mittman Agronomics, after graduation.
“My dad has had the biggest influence on me going into Agronomy,” Mittman said. “He has been a crop consultant all his life and I used to go ride around with him scouting fields when I was little. That was what initially got me interested in agronomy.”
Mittman credits his mother for his academic success as she always pushed him and his siblings to do well in school.
Andrea Basche, agronomy and horticulture associate professor, said Mittman was a curious, conscientious and hard-working student and a very observant and creative agronomist.
“These are some of the best attributes I hope for in our students,” Basche said. “I trust he will be a leader in his community with his family’s consulting business.”
Mittman worked as a teaching assistant for PLAS 132 Agronomic Plant Science Lab with Meghan Sindelar, agronomy and horticulture associate professor of practice.
“He did a great job connecting with fellow students to help them understand the many factors influencing best agronomic practices,” Sindelar said. “He was able to use his breadth of field experiences and content knowledge to stimulate engaging classroom discussion.”
Mittman completed internships with Eberle Ag in Bradshaw, Nebraska, and with Mittman Agronomics.
He was also active in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture Agronomy Club.
“One of my favorite parts about the department was how tight knit everyone was,” Mittman said. “I knew everyone in the department and really enjoyed being around my classmates everyday.”
Mittman is now back home in York working with his family at Mittman Agronomics.