Hi, everyone! I am honored to be a candidate for the 71st Alice in Dairyland and am looking forward to learning more about agriculture and adventure in Adams County, host of this year’s finals. For those who don’t know me, I am a Holstein loving, wanna-be cheese expert from Janesville, Wisconsin in Rock County. I grew up on my family’s dairy farm feeding calves with my mom, tagging along with my dad during planting season and harvest, and washing 4-H fair calves with my sisters. My younger sisters and I show registered Holsteins, and I was an active youth member of 4-H, FFA and Junior Holstein programs. I’m a Senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I will graduate in May with a degree in Dairy Science.
My agricultural background and excitement for Wisconsin agriculture is driven primarily by three things: Places, passions and people.
The Places- My interest in showing dairy cattle and internships I’ve held have taken me throughout the state. Whether it is driving through the rolling hills of southwestern Wisconsin or along Lake Winnebago, agriculture is everywhere. Let your sense of adventure lead you to explore the world of agriculture in Wisconsin.
The Passions- Mine? A quick, easy answer is Holstein cows and Wisconsin cheese. What’s yours? I’m amazed at the diversity of Wisconsin agriculture, and I hope you’ll join me as I learn more! Agriculture easily combines passions with livelihoods, livelihoods whose purpose is to provide safe, healthy food and products for consumers.
The People- There is something special about listening to a young 4-H member talk about the first pig she took to the Fair or engaging with a lifelong crop farmer and seeing his life’s work expressed in the smile on his face and calluses on his hands. Wisconsin’s agriculture community has a story to share and, now more than ever, consumers are expressing their curiosity about the food they eat.
As Alice in Dairyland, I will share my love for Wisconsin agriculture as I travel throughout the state and write about people in agriculture and their passion for producing food and fiber for consumers of all ages.