I want to thank everyone on the Targeting Excellence team that makes these scholarships possible. I appreciate that your organization helps students such as myself further their education in the agricultural field. I truly appreciate your support of helping me achieve my dreams.
Hometown: Mount Ayr, IA
School: Iowa State University
Major / Species: Animal Science
Career Goals: I am a very driven and goal orientated person, which is a very good thing when I look at my career goals. Currently, I am attending Iowa State University majoring in Animal Science. Upon graduation from Iowa State, I plan to return my families’ diversified livestock and forage production operation located in Southwest Iowa. Upon returning home from college I plan to take the practical knowledge I learned and apply directly in helping me reach my aspirations of growing the farm. We currently own a small tract of land we use primarily for grazing and forage production for our 60 head of commercial cow operation. After school I hope to double the cow herd in the pending years while increasing profitability of each animal. I would also like to add a beef feedlot efficiency testing center. This would give me the opportunity to be an industry leader in cattle feeding efficiency. Although I would love to increase the cow herd and add a feeding center, my real passion in life is with a different species. At just 2 months my dad carried me into the show ring at the Iowa State Fair. Ever since this day I have loved showing pigs and everything to do with it. I have spent my young life traveling the country going to every level of show from jackpots to national show. I have also been fortunate enough to have success thanks to the knowledge I gained from my family, specifically my father. Showing pigs, specifically purebred pigs, is in my blood and I hope that I can continue building and bettering my herd throughout my lifetime. The herd I speak of, my brother and I are partners on a small group of sows we use in show pig production. I would also like to eventually add on a boar stud to our operation. s In a perfect world I would be able to come fresh out of school and start farming full time, however at this time it looks like I will have to take a job outside of the farm in order to support it, as it is currently not large enough to support me
and hopefully one day my family. Sadly, this is the unfortunate truth for all too many farmers in the United States.
Therefore, in order to achieve my lifelong goals, I need to complete my first goal, graduate from Iowa State. I would
greatly appreciate any financial contribution to my education as it could be imperative my graduation. Thank you for