I am honored to be selected as a recipient of the Targeting Excellence Scholarship and would like to thank the Targeting Excellence Sponsors, Board, and the Committees for allowing me this opportunity to continue my education at North Carolina State University. I will be pursuing a degree in hopes to advance the agricultural industry as well as promote it. Growing up with the agricultural industry being a huge part of my life has made me realize how much this industry is taken for granted and how much I want to try my best to change this. I am grateful for all of the support I have received from Targeting Excellence and want to say thank you again.
My career goals include graduating NC State with a major in Poultry Science along with two minors in Ag business and feed milling. With this education as a base of my knowledge I would like to go into the industry and learn even more. I am keeping an open mind to different opportunities that present themselves to me. I could be a floor manager in a processing plant, or a feed mill manager, which I have been growing more fond of, or even a flock supervisor which is something I am more knowledgeable about. I was an intern for Mountaire Farms last summer at their breeder office in Statesville, NC where I am from and where my family’s farm also is. My father has grown for Mountaire for over twenty years and so my real word knowledge of poultry is very strong. I plan to interview with Mountaire this February at the International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta for an internship in their Feedmill in Statesville. By doing this it will not only broaden my knowledge in the industry and feed mills in general but also open up more opportunity to make connections. This all goes back to my career goals since I hope to one day work for Mountaire Farms as well as continue growing for them on my family’s farm. However, I am not limiting myself to one company in one location but instead want to keep my opportunities and mind open to what presents itself. One other goal I have is to travel in the country as well as to different countries to see what different practices they have in place and compare them to what I know. Doing this will strengthen my credibility in the industry as well as provide and share information to improve practices in place and to even put new practices in place in hopes of improving quality and production. A final goal I have is to educate the public on the poultry industry and agriculture in general. This need to educate people was built in me by my mother who is a high school principal and who is one of the best educators I know.