Katie Thompson

Year in School: Senior
Major: Agricultural Communication & Marketing
Hometown: Plainview, Minnesota


Dairy Background: I grew up as the seventh generation on my family’s dairy farm outside of Plainview, MN where we milk 175 black and white and red and white registered Holsteins. We also farm roughly 2,500 acres total, including alfalfa, corn, soybeans, rye grass and canning peas. Additionally, our family is a partner in a custom hay and corn silage harvesting business. Prior to college, I was very involved in 4-H and FFA at the local and state levels. I was also very involved promoting and advocating for the dairy community through my count’s dairy ambassador and princess program. The program led me to be selected as a Princess Kay of the Milky Way Finalist in 2018. My decision to study Agricultural Communication & Marketing stemmed from my experiences as a dairy ambassador. Outside of college, I enjoy working with elite type dairy cattle at state and national levels as well as staying up to date on trends of the industry.

Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club? Many leaders in our industry have attended the University of Minnesota and specifically were on the Gopher Dairy Club executive team. I look up to these people and the executive members I have witness in my time at the U. I wanted to be a leader for others.

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

On campus, I am the treasurer of Lambda Delta Phi Sorority. Within Gopher Dairy Club, I am a co-chair of the Gopher Dairy Camp and Senior Trip Committees. Additionally, I have served as a camp counselor, worked in the Gopher Dairy Bar and attended regional ADSA.

What are your future plans after graduation? Following graduation in December, I hope to work in the dairy industry within consumer communications or dairy genetics.

What is your favorite dairy breed and why? The Red and White Holstein would have to be my favorite breed. I always find it satisfying watching a red and white top the class in the black and white show at World Dairy Expo.


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