Thank you to the targeting excellence scholarship donors, board, and committees that make this scholarship possible! I am blessed to receive this scholarship for a second year. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with the board, committee, sponsors, and industry partners at the Ohio targeting excellence shooting event last fall and I look forward to attending again this year!
I had never grown up on a farm or around agriculture, but as a freshman in high school, I began working at a show pig production farm. I had grown up showing pigs in 4-H, but being involved from birth to death completely changed my perspective on the swine industry and agriculture in general. As I became more involved with the pigs, a new line of show feed supplements had just emerged. I began researching and experimenting using them in our diets and was always so interested in seeing how quickly we could change the animal’s look by changing their diet. I quickly fell in love with our swine nutrition and concluded I wanted to major in Animal Sciences-Industry with a minor in Agribusiness and Applied Economics. At my dream job, I would be working at a livestock feed company, formulating feed, representing the brand, and communicating the importance of agriculture with others, but before I can obtain my dream job, I want to pursue a master’s degree in Animal Nutrition to expand my knowledge.