Thank you so much to the Targeting Excellence sponsors, board, and the Minnesota committee for supporting students in food animal agriculture! This is my 2nd year receiving the Targeting Excellence scholarship, and I am very grateful for the financial support and the connections I’ve made with the industry leaders through the events.
I am currently a third-year PhD student at the University of Minnesota studying swine nutrition, with a minor in business management. My career goal is to be a disruptor in the global pork industry using my technical knowledge and business skills. Growing up around pigs, I found myself with a strong enthusiasm for animal agriculture early in my life. My education at the University of Minnesota brings me closer to the real-world of pork production. Before the COVID pandemic, I tended to focus only on nutrition, but after seeing what happened in our industry and attending numerous eye-opening webinars and workshops, I started to explore different topics I’ve never thought about and equip myself with the appropriate knowledge to help our industry. I also finished a minor in Business Management at the University of Minnesota – Carson School of Management. Taking courses in strategic management and marketing allows me to think of how to find and maintain a ?sweet spot? in this competitive industry. In addition, we always see gaps exist between research and practical production, however, understanding customers? needs may help us bring the gap closer. Although I don’t yet have a clear clue of where my destination will end up being, I?d like to combine both my technical knowledge and business knowledge to re-position companies toward the actual need of customers, either in the pork industry or the feed industry. My happiness comes more from helping others accomplish things than my own accomplishments, therefore, I hope I can make a difference in other people’s lives in the pork industry.