Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity! People like you truly make a difference and I can not wait to help future generations the same way you helped me.
I am a sophomore at Iowa State University, studying Animal Science and International Agriculture. I have shown and raised pigs, sheep, and cattle on my family’s acreage outside of Roland, Iowa. I have tried to hit campus running, getting involved with Swine Producers Advocates, the Block and Bridle Club, Bacon Expo, and Alpha Gamma Rho agriculture fraternity. I will intern at New Fashion Pork next summer to learn more about commercial swine production. Additionally, I am currently one of 14 members of the National Junior Swine Association serving on Junior Board of Directors. Finally, I am participating in a study abroad program to the United Kingdom this May, studying the origins of the purebred breeds of livestock and their influence in the U.S. Through these experiences I am able to advocate and educate producers, consumers, and youth. My mom always tells us: “The world is run by those who show up”, and I plan to make my time on campus worthwhile, while leading me down the path to my career.
After finishing my Bachelor’s of Science degree, my future plans are to attend law school at either Drake University or Texas Tech to focus on agriculture law. Advocating has always been a strong passion of mine therefore I see myself serving the animal agriculture industry by protecting production practices, right to farm challenges, or even working on trade issues. While I am not sure which part of ag law I want to focus on, right now I am most interested in lobbying or working for a state or national commodity organization. Regardless of where I end up, I believe in giving back to my community as well. Being a county fair superintendent or serving on a volunteer fire department, fair or school board are all things I have been raised with, and I certainly plan on continuing that tradition.