I would like to sincerely thank the Targeting Excellence Sponsors, Board, and Committees that make this scholarship possible. This scholarship will allow me to focus on my studies and research in order to become a professional animal scientist and swine nutritionist upon graduation. Thank you!
I have been blessed to have been emersed in agriculture from a young age growing up in North Central Missouri on a row crop and cow-calf operation while also participating in FFA with swine projects. These experiences along with my internship opportunities in swine production drove me to pursue a career in the swine industry as a swine nutritionist. Currently, I am a Ph.D. student studying swine nutrition mentored by Dr. Lee Johnston at the University of Minnesota. I am passionate about gestating and lactating sow nutrition, where my doctoral research evaluates fetal programming effects of high zinc supplementation to gestating sows on sow and litter performance and pre-weaning mortality. Upon graduation, I aim to use my professional training and technical knowledge in the pork or feed industry to provide producers with nutritional solutions to improve pig growth. Throughout my career, I would also like to help producers take advantage of cutting-edge technologies, research, and feeding strategies that would improve producer productivity. Additionally, I believe the advocacy of animal agriculture is of utmost importance today, and I hope that I can contribute to the improvement and continuation of food animal production throughout my professional career in the swine industry.