It is an honor and privilege to receive the Targeting Excellence scholarship. Thank you so much to all sponsors, the Targeting Excellence board and the Minnesota committee for not only the Targeting Excellence scholarship award, but also the Targeting Excellence shooting events! I really enjoyed interacting with industry professionals through the Targeting Excellence programs, year after after. Thank you for all your support!
Growing up around pigs, I found myself with a strong enthusiasm for animal agriculture early in my life. During my undergrad at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I worked for a multi-million project to develop a curriculum for the Nestle Dairy Farming Institute in China. I assisted many world-renown experts from all over the world to teach farmers in China about nutrition, reproduction, management, and many other topics in dairy farming. I believe it is beneficial to deliver the cutting-edge information we know to the rest of the world, not only dairy but also swine and poultry. I see myself in such roles in a few years, that’s why I started my Ph.D. in the area of animal nutrition. I want to be a consultant in nutrition and use my knowledge to provide solutions to questions producers have, both locally and internationally. I also started a minor in Business Management last year 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