I would like to personally thank the Targeting Excellence sponsors, board and committees for this scholarship! I am extremely grateful to have received this scholarship and it will be a huge help in paying for my college education. Again, thank you so much for your support, it is greatly appreciated!
I have been involved with agriculture my whole life and I plan to keep it that way after I graduate. Although I am unsure of where I will work after graduation, it is my plan to stay actively involved in agriculture. For now, my goals are to either work as a field representative for Zoetis, Inc., which focuses on providing high quality animal pharmaceuticals to farmers and ranchers. Growing up on a small cow-calf operation, I understand the importance the proper vaccines and antibiotics can have on herd health. I would like to help other farmers and ranchers gain access to the highest quality products, at an affordable price so they can ensure their herd stays healthy. Also, I would like to hear the feedback and improvements that farmers and ranchers would like to see with vaccines and antibiotics so Zoetis can better help fill the needs of the industry. Another option I am looking it is becoming a cattle buyer for a larger packing plant. With my background being in cattle and experience on the KSU Meat and Livestock Judging teams, I have learned what packers are looking for when buying cattle and what helps make money. I believe it would be an extremely enjoyable job being able to go out and talk with producers with the end goal of buying their cattle for the packer. While I am still not exactly sure what I will end up doing after college, one thing I do know is that I will still actively support my local 4-H programs. Through 4-H, I was given so many amazing and wonderful opportunities that helped me gain so many invaluable skills. I strongly believe that if I had not been given the leadership opportunities through 4-H, I would not be the person that I am today. I am so grateful to everyone who allowed me to experience those opportunities and I want to help give back to others. Regardless if it is being a club leader or purchasing youth’s livestock at the county fair, I want to help have a positive impact on the lives of younger 4-H members so they can set goals and achieve them, just like I was able to do.