High School: Kewaunee, 2020
College Attending/Field of Study: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Agricultural Business
Hailey is a sixth-generation farmer, and the “farmer mindset” has helped her successfully navigate the challenges she’s faced so far. She’s a hard worker, which clearly shows through her academic and sports achievements.
Hailey served as FFA and 4-H president. She also played varsity basketball, volleyball and softball, was an NHS member, showed cattle, and kept busy participating in, and often leading, many other activities.
It’s no surprise that Hailey plans to study ag business at UW-River Falls. She’s always planned to pursue an agriculture-related degree. Igniting new passions for agriculture, and dairy especially, is one of Hailey’s goals. After she graduates from UW-River Falls, Hailey wants to return to the family dairy farm in Kewaunee. Beyond farming, she wants to work to educate local consumers about the origins of their food. Hailey sees a major need for more consumer education surrounding food production and the importance of local agriculture and thinks educating kids on these topics is particularly important.
High School: Denmark, 2020
College Attending/Field of Study: University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Dairy Science & Agribusiness
From helping with veterinary work to milking cattle, Katrina’s young life is peppered with an impressive array of agricultural experience. Farming has been on her mind as long as she can remember. In fact, her parents sometimes referred to her as a “cow whisperer.”
Katrina’s FFA involvement and commitment to the organization is a standout element of her high school involvement, and she plans to take that participation to the next level by running for an FFA state office. She’s also a member of 4-H, played basketball, and volunteered for several community organizations.
After completing her undergraduate degree, Katrina plans to earn her DVM and work as a bovine reproductive specialist. She’s excited to work with dairy farmers and help them improve milk production, strengthen their herds, and have healthier cows. She’s keenly aware of hardships facing the dairy industry, an observation that inspired her to pursue a vocation that will allow her to benefit dairy farmers.
High School: Cambria-Friesland, 2020
College Attending/Field of Study: Western Technical College, Agribusiness Science Technology
Not many high school students can say they own and manage their own beef herds. Morgan, however, has a herd of 16 beef animals she’s been building since she was 12 years old. Morgan’s dedication to her herd is a hallmark of her work ethic and passion for agriculture.
Morgan’s high school career is highlighted by successful involvement in FFA and 4-H, including a 4-H leadership role and winning a national SAE grant. She also played softball, basketball and golf, was a member of her school’s marching band, and volunteered for multiple community organizations and events.
Morgan understands that agribusiness, whether that’s feed consulting, veterinary offices, and more, are integral for on-farm success and rural communities’ strength. She plans to earn a degree in agribusiness at UW-Platteville after starting her studies at Western Technical College. Morgan looks forward to working closely with different aspects of her local ag economy and doing her part to strengthen the rural community to which she belongs. She also wants to continue raising beef cattle and take ownership in her family’s cash crop operations.
High School: Laconia, 2020
College Attending/Field of Study: University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Agriculture Education
From a young age, Kaylee has been an advocate for agriculture. She’s spent hours at fairs and community events talking to curious consumers and helping them better understand not only her family’s farm, but the agricultural industry as a whole.
Throughout high school and before that, Kaylee was extensively involved in 4-H and fair activities. She joined FFA in high school, as well as Student Council, volleyball, marching band and more.
After graduating from UW-Platteville, Kaylee wants to be a high school ag teacher and FFA adviser in Wisconsin. She knows that an increasing number of students do not come from farming backgrounds, and she wants to help bridge the gap between those students and the people and processes behind their food. Kaylee also wants to be involved with her future students’ fair and other projects and help them be successful in the activities that have been so influential for her.
High School: Omro, 2020
College Attending/Field of Study: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Pre-Veterinary Medicine
One word stands out across Ben’s resume, background and ambitions: family. From the hours he spends farming with his dad to his dream to follow in his late mother’s footsteps as a veterinarian, Ben’s connection to his family’s history is evident.
Ben spends weeknights and weekends milking cattle with his dad on their 70-cow dairy farm. Beyond his farm responsibilities, Ben was an integral member of the Omro wrestling and cross-country teams, bagged groceries at a local grocery store, showed Guernseys, and was elected FFA and 4-H president, among others.
After completing his studies, Ben wants to move back to the Fox Valley to help the area’s animals and farmers as a veterinarian. Ben also wants to be a volunteer leader in Fox Valley-area 4-H and FFA chapters. He credits his family for fueling his passions in agriculture, veterinary medicine and supporting rural communities.