I would like to first thank each and every person who took the time to view my application. I put a great deal of time and effort into it and I hope that it was reflected. I am honored to receive this scholarship from such a great organization. Once again, thank you to everyone at Targeting Excellence.
Growing up as a kid who desired a passion for Ag I realized that major or hard to accomplish task are easier obtained by setting goals. So from that point on I have tried to be as goal oriented as possible. I accomplished my first major goal last May of 2019. I graduated with an associate’s degree in applied science in Field Crop Technology from North Carolina State University. Currently, I am working towards my next academic goal which is to graduate with a Bachelor’ degree from NCSU. I am majoring in Agronomy with a minor in Agribusiness, two degrees that I have complete passion and desire to learn. Following the completion of my degrees I plan to start a career in Ag retail. I understand the importance row crop farmers have on the swine and livestock industry and that is where I’d like to start my impact. Since the age of 14 I have worked or gained experience while being involved with swine farms. My ultimate goal after graduating college is to work towards buying a swine farm. No easy task being that I do not come from a family who owns a swine farm. Like I said earlier, it is all about the goals that you set for yourself to achieve what you really want. While interning for Smithfield Foods I learned just how much marketing goes into crop production. Last summer interning for Southern States Co-op I witnessed the amount of business knowledge and business models that went into working in the sales department. Both of those experiences are what persuaded me to add a minor in Agribusiness. One day I hope to use my learnings and experience to help farmers reach for and achieve their yield goals. As a hog farmer to be, I will take pride in my work of providing clean and humane protein for the growing world.