I would like to sincerely thank the Targeting Excellence sponsors, board members, and committee members for granting me this scholarship! This scholarship will be a tremendous help in paying for my college education at Kansas State University. I am extremely grateful for your support in furthering my education in agribusiness. Thank you again!
Going forward, there are many potential career paths that I am looking at. As of now, I have not decided exactly what I want to do, but I have many ideas. Currently, I am looking at become a feedlot manager. If I end up living in the Midwest, I would like to stay in animal production by raising cattle that will end up in the food chain. Cattle are my passion and what I have grown up around. Being able to raise cattle for human consumption would allow me to continue my passion of raising cattle in addition to giving the consumer a safe, healthy, and high quality product. With my degree in Agribusiness, I would be able to better understand how to manage expenses of the feedlot in a way so that I can make a profit. With my minor in Animal Science and Industry, it will give me the knowledge of how to properly and safely raise these cattle so that the cattle are healthy and the consumer is receiving a high quality product. Another possible career path I am looking at pursing is commodity futures. Regardless of where I end up living, understanding the crop markets and how they effect agriculture is important. Crop prices effect the prices of all agriculture products. By understanding how the crop markets change based on yields, trade agreements, and prices will allow me to advise farmers in the industry which decisions are the best for the current year. Although I have many career paths that I would like to pursue, these two are the highest on my list. I believe that my degree in Agribusiness with my minor in Animal Science and Industry gives me a competitive advantage because I am able to understand both the business and production side of agriculture, allowing me to be better equipped in the industry.