I have so much gratitude for programs like Targeting Excellence who believe in my generation and my goals within agriculture. I would like to thank each sponsor, board, and committee member who played a role in this selection process and for seeing potential in me as a recipient. My life always has and always will be rooted in agriculture, and I’m excited to see where this passion leads me in the years to come!
Zig Ziglar noted that “when you catch a glimpse of your potential, that’s when passion is born.” As a second grader, I caught my first glimpse of this while parading around my dairy calf at the county fair. The smile on my face as I left the show ring was enough to know I loved sharing my calf and my family’s farm with other people. Still today, my passion revolves around sharing the story of agriculturalists. As a futuristic young adult, I find that the goals of the agriculture and food community align to my passions and are truly invigorating. While the values of agriculturalists remain the same, there is no time like the present to diversify the talents of our farmers, the environmental practices we use, and the variety of products we process. In the same way, I plan to diversity our uses of agricultural education to further promote the agriculture community and the consumer’s familiarity with our farms and food products. After graduating I have the intent to work as an agricultural educator and community outreach specialist within a dairy farm or rural community. Through this position I aim to transparently share agriculture with the general public through interactive farm tours, agricultural-based science labs in classrooms, and multi-media platforms that promote the quality and safety of dairy foods. Agriculture has a long-standing goal of bridging the gap between consumers and producers. I feel strongly that this goal can be more readily achieved by inviting eaters of all backgrounds to be a part of our daily lives as agriculturalists. In return, the support gained from this type of engagement will benefit animal and food agriculture as we work together toward a prosperous and consumer-connected future.