What dairy or ag-related extracurricular activities are you involved in? I am involved in 4-H and FFA.

Why are you involved in these activities/organizations and what is your favorite? I like that I can be involved in the dairy aspect of these organizations. I can judge, show and talk about cows. I prefer 4-H because I think it is more competitive.

Tell us your best experience during your time in these activities/organizations. In 2017, I was a member of our county’s 4-H dairy judging team that won the state contest. Because of this, we had the opportunity to compete in the judging contest at World Dairy Expo. I was second individual overall and our team was fourth overall. It was completely different than any other judging contest I have been in. It was so cool to be in Madison and on the colored shavings. Plus, I did better than I expected I would. In FFA, the best experience I have had was attending the national convention in 2017.

What’s your favorite social media and why? I don’t have any social media. People get so attached to their phone. I already spend a lot of time looking at ESPN and other sports sites on my phone. I didn’t want it to take up more of my time. I like connecting with people in person.

What are your career aspirations? After college I would like to come back to the dairy farm. I like working with the cows, having some control over my hours and working with family.

What is something you’ve learned from being involved in these activities/organizations? I have taken on leadership roles in each organization. This has helped me learn how to lead people and better communicate how things should be done. For example, each fall, our FFA chapter organizes the Stewie Invite, which is a judging contest for general livestock, horse and dairy. It usually draws 400 FFA members from the area. I have been in charge of the dairy portion the past few years.

Who do you look up to and why? My older brother, Tim. He returned to the farm after college three years ago and now farms with our dad. I admire his work ethic, his easy-going nature and the quality of work he does. He’s picky about doing things the right way.

Tell us something about yourself that many people don’t know. I’m a lot goofier than many people think.

Tell us some of your duties on the farm. I manage all the employees on the farm. I do all the recruiting, hiring, managing, scheduling, disciplining and paper work. Right now we have six full-time employees.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be and how would you change it? I would like to better distribute food products. I hate that there’s excess food in one area of the world and there are hungry people in others. We need to find ways to manage inventory and find ways to distribute it better.