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From Corn Farmer to YouTube Star

It’s a classic Iowa story — UNI graduate Cole was raised in small-town central Iowa, where he watched his dad and grandfather work his family’s farm together. At age five, he was sitting on his father’s lap while he drove tractors across the corn fields. Within three years, he started driving the tractors himself. It was a given that he’d grow up to take over the farm’s operations someday.

It was while he was a UNI finance student that Cole was first inspired to spin this story of a family farming legacy into a yarn for the internet age, launching his very own YouTube channel. It’s been an unexpected smash — his “Cole the Cornstar” channel has passed the 200,000 suscribers mark in just a year-and-a-half. 

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