Wisconsin’s state motto is “Forward” which reflects Wisconsin’s continuous drive to be a national leader, and was adopted as the official state motto in 1851. Our motto is a part of our history, our tradition and forges us ahead to become highly advanced in our agricultural systems that provides our state with $59 billion worth of economic growth.
Forward is a part of our Wisconsin story, it is a story that is rooted in the soil beneath our feet. Our story has rich history, challenges, perseverance, and innovation to lead us into the future. I want to use my voice as the State’s Official Agricultural Ambassador, Alice in Dairyland, to serve as an agvocate in action and tell that story.
During my career I have traveled throughout the state and across borders to share my story with audiences and inspire others as how everyone can become an agvocate for agriculture. People who know me, who follow my blog, and contacts I have made throughout my work in agriculture all recognize and identify my passion for Wisconsin’s agricultural industry. It was only natural for me to desire to share my passion as the 65th Alice in Dairyland.
In the next few weeks, planning, organizing and executing my presentation during finals week in Grant County will ignite my pride and honor as an advocate for agriculture. The tradition I am a part of as a 5th generation farmer and my classroom experiences I have gained while earning my degree in Agricultural Business have made me aware of the changing trends in agriculture and the importance of being an aggressive supporter of new technologies and strategic marketing tools.
I will learn about myself, Wisconsin’s diverse agriculture commodities and systems, and I will become further educated while educating others. I look forward to continuing the long standing tradition of the Alice in Dairyland program as a spokeswoman while having the opportunity to share my passion for farming, food, fuel and fitness.
Wisconsin agriculture is very diverse and valuable; in fact, it’s worth $59 billion to our citizens, and employs 1 out of 10 people. Agriculture is not just what we do for our profession, it is who we are. Our tradition of sustainable economic growth is put on the table every day.
Throughout the last few days, the excitement and buzz around the announcement of the 6 finalists competing for the title of Wisconsin’s official agricultural ambassador, Alice in Dairyland, have been showing up through a variety of news publications and social media outlets. Although I have had confirmation of my advancement as a finalist for a few weeks, the official announcement has now been made. Please see the official Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) press release by visiting http://datcp.wi.gov/News/?ID=524
Immediately friends began sending text, emails, and writing on my facebook wall with kind words of encouragement, congratulations, and all wishing me the best of luck. Without a doubt, the best part of this process thus far, has been the continued support from my family, and friends.
No matter what the outcome on May 19th, I have a once in a lifetime opportunity as a finalist and I will cherish the people, places and products I meet.