Thank you for creating this scholarship. I greatly appreciate receiving the scholarship. Due to all surrounding the COVID-19 quarantines, I’ve found out the jobs I typically work at full and part-time in the summer will not have positions for me. News of being awarded this scholarship could not have come at a better or more needed time. Receiving this scholarship will aid me in paying for my tuition at DMACC for the 2020-21 academic school year.
My ultimate goal is to be the production supervisor for a swine operation/company. I spent time questioning why I wanted this profession, and the answer is simple; it keeps circling back to the reality that I love working with animals-pigs in particular, and thankfully, due to a variety of experiences, I know there are so many avenues open to me through this career. As the first in five generations to not grow up on the farm, the amount of time I spent on them was still an integral part of my life. My parents and grandparents, who owned those farms, cultivated my love of working on the farm and with animals. I grew up knowing that I wanted to work with pigs. I have also been fortunate to work at one of the farrowing facilities in our area since I was fourteen. I have worked at all levels of the operation, and now I spend most of my time working in breeding and farrowing areas. I shadow the unit manager part of the day as well. I also spend some time training new employees. During college, I work there most weekends, and during breaks and the summer, I work full-time hours. I have had to develop the ability to talk and work with others, particularly those older than me who don’t always care to be trained by someone younger. While I have moved up the so-called part-timer’s “ladder” at Hawkeye 7, I value the importance of working in all areas of the facility and know I still have much to learn. While I could have easily had an internship with this company, I have obtained one for this spring at New Fashion Pork, a different company in Jackson, MN. We can all learn from each other; it is the only way to grow and improve. My family also instilled in me the importance of promoting agriculture beyond just my small town. I strive to be a contributing member of my community, which involves living to serve. I plan to work with the FFA and 4-H chapters of the town I will live in to help provide opportunities to guide and to introduce interested youth to agriculture, giving them the opportunities to be exposed to opportunities, grow, and become successful. My dad died when I was ten, and I was fortunate to have many local farmers step in as mentors, guiding me and providing me opportunities in agriculture that I would not have had otherwise. Hopefully, I can make a positive impact on future young people and in our world.