“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
On behalf of all students in some aspect of Food Animal Production, I thank you for your mission to support the next generation of leaders in agriculture. As an individual who desires to make a difference in this industry in the future, I am encouraged to know that there are many organizations and people who are willing to support my dreams and the dreams of my peers. It is truly a great honor to be the recipient of a Targeting Excellence scholarship for 2021, and I thank you for your generous financial support towards continuing my higher education.
I am a sophomore at the University of Minnesota majoring in Agricultural Communications and Marketing with minors in Animal Science and Agricultural Food and Business Management, and I know that my time and studies as a college student will help prepare me for a future career in the public relations and agricultural advocacy industries with an emphasis in animal science and Food Animal Production. I have greatly enjoyed my first two years on campus by immersing myself in my coursework, extracurriculars and making connections with fellow students, and I am looking forward to continuing my endeavors over the next two years!
Thank you for encouraging me to represent the agriculture industry through receiving this scholarship. I feel incredibly blessed to have generous people support my academic endeavors such as through the Targeting Excellence organization, and I hope to one day give back to the next generation of leaders in agriculture just as you have done for me. Your support of young and ambitious students is immensely appreciated, and I thank you again for the privilege of earning a Targeting Excellence scholarship!
My future goals are to serve agriculture in a way that positively impacts the hard working men and women in this industry. One of my goals immediately after graduating college is to serve the dairy industry as Wisconsin’s Alice in Dairyland, and I am continually working to develop my communication and advocacy skills to successfully achieve this goal and to help jumpstart my professional career within the agriculture industry. In my career, I would love to write articles about agriculture and its people, create social media content for the company for which I work, develop websites, use technology for photography and videography and work with other industry professionals on collaborative projects. Opportunities to speak with classrooms or organizations about agriculture would be rewarding, especially presenting workshops to students on topics like agricultural advocacy and policy. I envision myself working for a company that is heavily involved in agricultural industries, such as on the corporate side with Land O? Lakes working in their Dairy Foods division, in a marketing agency in the Midwest serving food and agriculture clients or if I pursue editorial work, Hoard’s Dairyman or Progressive Dairy. My dream career is one that provides for work/life balance, personal fulfillment and the ability to benefit agriculture and the dairy industry. My plans will positively leave an impact on the Food Animal Production industry, specifically in the realm of dairy, because I am fully committed to the most noble industry in the world for the production of a safe and abundant food supply. I have discovered my niches in agriculture from showing and judging dairy cattle and developing leadership and communication skills in order to advocate for the dairy industry. My role in the United States dairy industry and Food Animal Production industry overall will be to advocate for the ?social license? that farmers have worked so hard to develop by educating the public on modern farm practices that involve environmental stewardship and the importance of dairy products for health and well-being. I will continue to stay involved in the dairy industry into the future by serving as a dairy judging coach, working in communications and marketing for a publication or organization that directly represents the dairy industry, exhibiting cattle and volunteering at shows such as World Dairy Expo and raising my future children to participate in dairy activities. The hands-on and technical experiences I have gained within agriculture and the dairy industry ranging from June Dairy Month promotional activities to milking dairy cows on the weekends have benefitted me as I continue to be involved in agriculture in a professional setting. My experiences as a non-farm youth have provided a different perspective and taught me that anyone can be an advocate and voice for the agriculture industry and its hard working people.