It is a great honor to be chosen for this award, and one that I do not take lightly. My passion for agriculture has opened many doors, but most importantly it has taught me to connect with the many people who support the agriculture industry. I would like to express my deepest appreciation to the Targeting Excellence Sponsors, Board, and Committees. Organizations, such as this one, help ensure that my generation and future generations of farmers gain the education necessary to further promote agriculture. Once again, thank you!
The food animal industry is a crucial asset to the welfare of the United States. I am passionate about this industry and seek to promote it during my college career and beyond. I am currently pursuing a degree in Poultry Science Production at Auburn University. My career goals are still taking shape; however, poultry and other food production industries are of great interest to me. From political policy to animal welfare and efficiency in production, I am interested in the advancement of the food animal agriculture industry in every aspect. My goal is to work in the poultry production industry specializing in feed and nutrition, laboratory research, or poultry veterinary medicine. Recently, my interest has been peaked concerning general veterinary medicine. I may further explore this route but that is still undetermined at this time. Overall, I hope to leave a positive impact on the agriculture industry, especially as it relates to food animal production. I strive to refute common misconceptions concerning this industry. I hope to serve others with excellence and provide the best animal products possible. Whether I end up in a laboratory analyzing feed, servicing poultry as a veterinarian, or just managing my own chicken houses and cattle herd; I will strive to do so with unfailing commitment, passion, and excellence .