Year in School: Junior
Major: Agricultural Business
Hometown: Cokato, Minnesota
Dairy Background: I grew up working on a dairy farm down the road from my house. They milked about 300 holsteins in a double nine parlor. I also fed calves at the farm. Being involved with agriculture led me to be a part of FFA. Working on the farm gave me the experiences that shaped my life and future career path.
Why did you decide to take on a leadership/executive position in the club? When I came to college, I knew that I wanted to get involved on campus and be a part of numerous clubs and hopefully hold leadership positions. As a member I could help the club by doing different things such as serving on committees and helping with invitationals, but I wanted to bring my ideas to a higher level and share my skills in a leadership role. I have always enjoyed and found an interest in finances, and thought treasurer would be the best position for me.
How are you involved on campus and in Gopher Dairy Club? On campus, I serve as Vice Noble Ruler of Finance for Alpha Gamma Rho. I also serve on leadership for Reformed University Fellowship, a campus ministry group on both the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. I am a member of the Agricultural Education, Communication and Marketing Club and the Crops and Soils club on campus. In GDC, I am serving as one of the Dairy Bar Managers. I have previously served on the social and banquet committees. Additionally, I was a counselor for Gopher Dairy Camp, worked in Gopher Dairy Bar and have attended regional ADSA.
What are your future plans after graduation? After graduation, my plan is to get a job in agricultural business. I will probably start as a district seed salesman or as an agronomist. If the opportunity arises, I would love to take over a farm and manage it myself or go in on a partnership.
What is your favorite dairy breed and why? My favorite breed of cow is definitely holstein. I grew up working with them and find them the most mellow. I also like Jerseys because even though they are smaller, they all have a big personality.