Names: Brett and Chris Pfarr
Hometown: Le Sueur, Minnesota
Academic path: Both brothers studied agriculture and food business management, graduating in 2017.
Home life: Brett and Chris grew up helping with the family's hog-finishing farm. “It’s a hard-work lifestyle,” says Brett, who is older by 11 months. When they weren’t studying or training, they were helping with the hogs and the family’s 800 acres of corn and soybeans.
Where their career interests started: “The desire to feed the world started with my parents. They were good stewards of the land. My dad always talks about how we have a world population to feed and we have to do that responsibly,” Brett says.
Accomplishments at the University: Both are letter winners in wrestling, and Brett is a two-time All-American. They both earned Academic All-Big 10 honors.
Why scholarships matter: Scholarships (Brett had 12 and Chris had 5) took the financial pressure off the brothers, who have two other siblings. “It allowed us to immerse ourselves as students and athletes and flourish,” says Brett.
What's next: Brett has been running wrestling camps on the West Coast since graduation and hopes to work in the food industry in the future. Chris is heading to graduate school to study land and atmospheric science.
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