Thank you, Targeting Excellence sponsors, board, and Minnesota committee, for your support of food animal agriculture students. I’ll never be able to describe how grateful I am for this wonderful opportunity. It is an incredible honor to be given this scholarship. Thanks to generous donations, scholarships enable students to complete their studies, get experience, and enhance their careers in food animal production. And students may meet experts from various industries of agriculture at Targeting Excellence events, and I’m glad for the connections I’ve formed with industry leaders because of last year’s event.
I didn’t grow up on a farm, so seeing all I’ve learned and studied about animals/crop production over the years is quite interesting to me. I came to the United States as part of an internship program and worked on a dairy farm before moving on to a soil, water, and climate lab at the University of Minnesota. And now I’m in my second year of a master program, where I’m studying organic dairy production and sustainability. This was a huge step forward for me, and I can see new goals for my personal and professional lives. When I arrived, my goal was to learn something new at every opportunity (and it is working so far). My current professional goals are to finish and publish an ongoing crop-related project concerning the production of Kernza fodder and pastures production. In addition, my goal is to find a position where I can put some of what I’ve learned into practice, mostly through developing good initiatives relating to sustainable agriculture production, positive actions, and so on. Another aspect of my professional objective is to pursue business administration training and continue my French studies this Summer.