Thank you to the Targeting Excellence Sponsors, Board, and Committees for making this scholarship opportunity possible. Your generosity and investment in the future leaders of agriculture have a huge impact on many students’ lives, including myself. External scholarships allow me to participate in opportunities that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to, such as studying abroad. Thank you again!
I have been very fortunate to be involved in the agriculture industry my whole life. I grew up on a cow-calf operation where my family still owns about 60 head of beef cattle. I started showing beef heifers when I was five years old at county fair open shows. I can tell you now that my passion for the agriculture industry started at that moment. I then raised and exhibited market steers, breeding heifers, market hogs, and market chickens throughout my 4-H and FFAcareer. Through many county and state fairs, national breed shows, and other industry events, I have been able to expand my knowledge of the industry and compete in various contests which have given me many opportunities and successes. The accomplishments I made from these various events have been a product of my hard work and dedication, but there are lessons that I’ve learned that I cherish far more than the accomplishments I have made. A few of these lessons include: hard work, responsibility, time management, professionalism, and many more that I could not have learned elsewhere. Being involved in the industry since a young age has given me a strong love and passion for livestock and the beef industry. I have chosen to follow this passion into my college career by majoring in animal sciences and agribusiness and applied economics. My time so far at Ohio State has further fueled my passion for the industry through various student organizations and out of the classroom experiences. Studying abroad in Nicaragua and Ireland have allowed me to grow personally and professionally, as well as transformed me into a more globally aware citizen and agriculturalist. Through these experiences, I have been able to experience global agriculture and learn its importance and world impact. I look forward to continually learning about the industry on a state, national, and global level as I progress through my life and future career. Interning with Purina Animal Nutrition and Heritage Cooperative last summer allowed me to realize my desire to help livestock producers improve their operational success. Therefore, I look forward to seeking a position after graduation that allows me to do just that in some aspect. Majoring in both animal sciences and agribusiness and applied economics will prepare me well for any job in the industry. This well-rounded education that will allow me help farmers on both the livestock and business sides of their operations. This summer, I will be working as a Nationwide Insurance intern where I will help farmers and producers by making sure they are properly insured.