Thank you to the Targeting Excellence Sponsors, the board of directors, and committee members for making this scholarship opportunity possible! I am humbled for the investment these generous people are making into my future and the future of many other students pursuing further education in food animal agriculture. I am very fortunate that Targeting Excellence recognizes the importance of preparing our young people for the future of agriculture as we work to help feed our growing population. This scholarship gives me the opportunity to continue my education in dairy science as I strive to learn the best practices of producing wholesome dairy products for families across our nation and the globe. Thank you again for investing in the young people of agriculture!
I am currently a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls (UWRF) pursuing a bachelor’s degree in dairy science management with an agricultural business minor. My future career plans include working with both cattle and people as I have a passion for both. I am also a strong believer that we must educate people about agriculture and the dairy industry, so this is where my passion for working with people comes into play, and I have already set a solid foundation for myself to work toward achieving this career goal. Upon graduation from high school, I accepted a job with Milk Source, LLC at Rosendale Dairy, which is a large-scale dairy operation home to 9000 head of cattle thus making it Wisconsin’s largest dairy farm. Since it is Wisconsin’s largest dairy, the farm draws many curious tourists and neighbors that we open our doors to. This past summer, I had the opportunity to lead some of the tours, which allowed me to work toward bridging the gap between the farm and many dinner tables. Another opportunity that I had was to help manage the Birthing Center at the Fond du Lac County Fair this past July. Managing the Birthing Center was a unique and incredible experience for me as fairgoers of all ages and experiences in agriculture visited the educational attraction. Not only was I able to teach visitors about agriculture and where their food comes from, but I was also able to learn from industry professionals that came and volunteered in the Birthing Center! Throughout the week several cows gave birth to their calves at the fair and I really enjoyed watching their expressions and answering all the questions that come along with the neat experience! On campus, I am involved in Dairy Club and Collegiate Farm Bureau, both organizations which will assist me in reaching my career goals. Both clubs have provided me with networking opportunities with those involved in agriculture and specifically the dairy industry. Dairy Club provides me the chance to visit many farms and learn about different operations as well as discuss prevalent topics in the industry with farmers. Collegiate Farm Bureau has supported me in educating other students on the UWRFcampus and River Falls community through the annual Ag Day on Campus event.
My plans to work with dairy cattle and people will positively impact the dairy industry because I have first-hand practical industry experience working with dairy cattle that I can better teach about the industry. As another step towards this career goal, I have recently accepted a summer internship with Foremost Farms based out of Baraboo, Wisconsin. I will be working with the member services team learning how I can better serve producers and meet their needs as well as implement practices and programs on their farms. Eager would be an understatement to describe how excited I am to take this next step towards fulfilling my career goal of working with both cattle and people!