Summer Discussion Series: Emily Matzke makes rural and urban agriculture connections

Emily Matzke is a sophomore majoring in Animal Science and Life Sciences Communication with an Agricultural Business Management Certificate.  She is from Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin, also known as the home of the original Culver’s.

“Growing up I would spend time on my grandparents dairy farm. When my grandpa passed away my family sold the cows and I lost my Agriculture connection. That is, until I joined first 4H and the FFA (Future Farmers of America) where I found my home. I’ve then furthered my passion for agriculture by joining orgs on campus and having various jobs related to agriculture. I also now have laying hens, horses, fainting goats and raise beef cattle.”

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Emily with her goats.

How Emily shares her agriculture story on campus:

“I always start by sharing a story. People are more drawn to you if you start a conversation or if you seem more relatable. Then, head into the facts. Because Madison is such an urban area I find ways to connect agriculture to what we’re learning in my classes so that my peers understand how agriculture plays a larger role in our world.”

People are more drawn to you if you start a conversation or if you seem more relatable.

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