Chris Soules earned an agronomy and agriculture major at Iowa State University. But ABC announced that his next career move will be serving as "The Bachelor" in the next edition of the hit reality series, begun in 2002.
Since appearing on "The Bachelorette" where Soules made it to the final three, the 32-year old Arlington, Iowa, farmer has received a knock on his door from a woman who drove hundreds of miles to share her admiration and an advertisment placed in his local paper by another woman professing her love, reports ABC. Arlington has a population of 429 according to the 2010 census, located in northeast Iowa's Fayette county.
Soules owns beef cattle, but also has held at least part ownership in dairy animals.
The selection was confirmed when the other finalist for the job, Arie Luyendyk, Jr., a race truck driver, tweeted on Tuesday night, "I'm not the Bachelor, have fun on the farm people," followed by a peace sign.
I'm not the Bachelor, have fun on the farm people ✌️
— Arie Luyendyk Jr. (@ariejr) August 26, 2014
Soules was introduced on Good Morning America this morning, responding to tweets from viewers.
At last week's Iowa State Fair, Soules wore a t-shirt bearing the classic "America Needs Farmers" logo, begun by the Iowa Hawkeye football team in the 1980s, but now owned by Iowa Farm Bureau.
— Sara Payne (@IowaFarmBureau) August 24, 2014