Meet the Candidates: Jackie Rosenbush - For the Love of Lambs
From dusk to dawn, a farmer works for the love of agriculture!
Hello everyone, my name is Jackie Rosenbush and I am a lifelong lover of Wisconsin agriculture. I grew up in Sarona, WI with my loving family and a barn full of sheep. Although not every day in the life of an agriculturist is perfect, my time on the farm has taught me some valuable lessons. It’s taught me to work hard, to express gratitude often, and to take joy in the little things. These lessons have supported me through every twist and turn my life has taken.
As a student at UW-River Falls, working hard means something a little different than it does in the barn. My agricultural experience also taught me to work hard in the classroom. I am currently in my last semester, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education. Between class and farm chores, you can almost always find me working hard with my teammates as part of the Track and Field team. For the past four years, I have actively competed on and off the field for UW-River Falls. Outside of athletics, I’m also involved in several other clubs and extracurricular activities that have pushed me to become the best version of myself.
In my life, there’s just so much to be thankful for! I’m thankful for the opportunities that 4-H and FFA have given me to pursue a career in agriculture. These organizations have allowed me to travel Wisconsin to see the diverse industry of agriculture. I’m thankful for the time I’ve spent in the barn with my sister. If it weren’t for her, we wouldn’t be the proud owners of our sheep farm, R n’ R Romneys and Columbias. I’m thankful for my parents. My parents have supported me through all of life’s crazy adventures.
About one in nine people working in Wisconsin hold jobs related to agriculture. As an agricultural educator, I’m one of those people. I’m currently student teaching at St. Croix Central High School and loving every minute of it. Every day I have the opportunity to express my love of agriculture and develop the next generation of educated consumers and producers. In my classes, I share the story of Wisconsin farmers producing nutritious foods for consumers across the globe from award-winning cheeses to unique commodities like cranberries and mink pelts. Each of my classes and students create new challenges, and new opportunities to find joy.
From the classroom to the barn, I’m thankful for the lessons that agriculture has taught me. I’m thankful for my family, for Wisconsin agriculture, and of course, for a barn full of sheep.