Valerie Sauder

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Year in School: Junior
Major: Agricultural Communication & Marketing
Hometown: Pine Island, Minnesota


Dairy Background: I grew up as the sixth generation on my family’s dairy farm in Pine Island where we raise registered Holsteins. I started showing cattle the first chance I had, when I was three years old in our county fair’s novice class, and quickly fell in love with it. I pursued leadership in the 4-H dairy project, attended the National 4-H Dairy Conference, and was involved in the Dairy Evaluation Contest for FFA. I had the privilege of being a county dairy princess for two years and a finalist for Princess Kay of the Milky Way in 2020, both opportunities that allowed me to use my strengths in communications to share my love of the dairy community.

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club? Ever since my first GDC meeting in my freshman year, I knew I wanted to be involved with the club. GDC’s many events and activities provide so many opportunities to our members, and build our expertise both in college and to prepare us for our future careers. I’m excited to take on a leadership role in a club that has provided me with so many great opportunities to grow professionally, and to help continue that mission in the upcoming year.

How are you involved on campus and in Gopher Dairy Club?

On campus I am involved in a number of organizations beyond the Gopher Dairy Club, including Beta of Clovia sorority, Block & Bridle, Agricultural Education, Communication & Marketing club, and CFANS Ambassadors. In GDC, I served as a co-chair of the banquet committee, and have attended many events over the years of my involvement.

What are your future plans after graduation? Currently, I plan to work in communications or public relations for an agricultural company.

If you could be one dairy product, what would you be and why? Ice cream is one of my favorite dairy products, so I would probably be that!