We are all aspiring to be something bigger than ourselves. The financial support that the Targeting Excellence sponsors, board and committees provides helps us achieve our goals. I am grateful to be a recipient of the 2019 scholarship pool. I look forward to participating in the clay shoot this year.
Currently, I am working on a project, as part of my Ph.D. program, to reduce the pathogen risk associated with animal-based meat products. Upon completion of my graduate program, I intend on returning to the poultry industry in pursuit of becoming a lead innovator of how we produce food. Being actively aware of the need to feed the growing populations of the future, I want to be in the forefront of creating new innovations that will increase the efficiencies of how we produce food. I desire to be a positive example with my involvement in agricultural production. With the growing controversies that revolve around animal welfare and regulation, I hope to be an advocate for the agricultural industry. With every generation becoming more and more removed from the farm, I will do my part to educate the public about where their food comes from. Not having come from a farming or large agricultural background, other than a few backyard chickens, I am genuinely excited to continue to become more involved in the poultry industry. I look forward to meeting new industry representatives that will be as influential as the professors, advisors and industry professionals I have already met. I look forward to building on the knowledge and experiences I currently have now and will to strive to do my best in achieving my goals and aspirations of the future.