Hometown: Pelican Rapids, MN
School: University of Minnesota
Major / Species: Animal Science/Agricultural and Food Business Management
Career Goals: Upon my graduation from the University of Minnesota, I intend to return to my roots in production agriculture, by joining my parents at my family’s dairy farm. My upbringing on the dairy farm has instilled in me a passion for cattle and an interest in entrepreneurship. What excites me about a future in dairy farming is that I can utilize all of my interests and talents that I have cultivated while attaining my college degree. I enjoy being outside, working with my hands, and caring for our dairy cows. I also thrive when I am crunching numbers, analyzing data, and using that to make business decisions. The agricultural communities I am a part of are very welcoming, progressive, and committed, and I have experienced first-hand their desire to support and reward students, young people, and each other.
I also have interests in communication and politics. I do believe that the future of livestock production rests in our ability to share our story with consumers and speak out to the public and to our lawmakers. I see an opportunity for young agriculturists to get involved in our industries’ leadership. I look forward to being actively involved in my local community, my cooperative, and national organizations, like American Agri-Women.
Throughout my career, I would like to expand my family’s farm to adapt, using new research and new technologies. I also want to be an advocate for all agricultural industries, having a presence on the internet, as well as in my local community and my state’s political scene. Ultimately, I want to have a farm to pass down as a legacy to my family, the way my family has for the past three generations.
I know there is a world of opportunity in agriculture for ambitious, vibrant young people, and I look forward to being a part of this community.
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