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Todd Forbush grew up in Byron, Michigan on a dairy farm. He replaced his desire to be a hog farmer with being an engineer. “So there was a building called the Agriculture Engineering building at Michigan State University. I had come up to different things with 4-H and FFA and I thought ‘Ag Engineering. I like mathematics, I like agriculture—that’s the career for me.’ Michigan State University and the education I received here is really the foundation for everything I’ve done in my professional career since that day.”
Farm Lane Society member Forbush received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural engineering at MSU. “I’ve taken part in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources as a board member and chairman of the board of the Alumni Association.”
As an engineer at Techmark Incorporated, Todd works with potato growers. “I work with potato growers all over the world—trying to help them store their potatoes. One of the things about potatoes is that they’re a good food for people, but they’re also a good food for pathogens—things that can destroy them after they’ve been harvested.”
What does Todd Forbush love best about MSU? “MSU basketball is pretty good. I love Tom Izzo. I love the College of Agriculture. I like the mission of trying to make a difference for people using agriculture and trying to feed people and keep society sustainable.”
Ehmpressions of MSU is a podcast devoted to all things Michigan State University produced by Kraig Ehm.