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Keith Rucker

Keith Rucker, a Snellville native, started his journey at ABAC, but little did he know his child would take the same college path as he did. Rucker attended ABAC from 1989-1991 and received his associate’s degree in agriculture, before transferring to the University of Georgia to receive his bachelor’s degree in Agronomy and master’s degree in Crop Physiology. This fall, his daughter will be attending ABAC as a second generation student.

While Rucker was a student at ABAC he was active in the Baptist Student Union (BSU) and the Agronomy Club. Rucker enjoyed seeing the Baldwin Players and remembers having jam-sessions outside of the dorms with his friends. Tom Call, Rucker’s advisor and Agronomy teacher, helped Rucker choose Agronomy as a career path. Overall, Rucker’s experience at ABAC was life-changing and helped him figure out which path he would take in life.

Before coming to ABAC, Rucker first attended the University of Georgia for one semester and realized UGA’s campus was far too large for his liking. ABAC’s smaller campus attracted Rucker, along with closer interactions with other students as well as the professors.

Rucker is currently a Technical Service Representative for Bayer Crop Science. This occupation allows him to do product development and support for Bayer’s portfolio of crop protection products. Bayer is one of the larger agriculture companies who still develop new compounds and still do basic research and developing new products. Bayer screens over 250,000 new active ingredients per year. Rucker spends most of his time in the fields seeing how these products work and deciding which ones farmers will be able to use.

Rucker frequently volunteers at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture. When Rucker was a student at ABAC, he worked at the GMA, which allowed him to learn more about agriculture and enjoy something he is passionate about. Before coming to ABAC, Rucker was a machinist and used those skills working at the GMA and even now as a volunteer to keep the older antique machinery running.

Rucker is a past ABAC Alumni Council President. He believes that staying involved with ABAC by being on this council is important because ABAC changes the lives of so many students, just like it did his, and he wants to continue the legacy of helping these students. Rucker said, “ABAC has grown so much since I was here and it is so exciting to see all of the changes ABAC is going through and continues to keep its small town atmosphere.” Rucker says ABAC has already grown so much since he was a student here, but hopes to see more degrees, more programs, and new buildings.

Advice Rucker would give to freshmen and upperclassmen is to get involved on campus. There are so many extra-curricular activities to get involved with that will help students later on in life and he wishes he would have been more involved during his time here . He also recommends getting to know your professors and creating friendships with other students.

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