From 4-H to dairy judging, Emma Olstad bridges the farmer and consumer gap

Emma Olstad is a Sophomore majoring in Dairy Science with and Agricultural Business Management certificate from Stoughton, Wis.

I want to pursue a career in the agriculture industry because I’ve see both sides of our culture. I didn’t grow up on a dairy farm or even a hobby farm like the majority of Dairy Science majors, I grew up in town only a few blocks away from our high school. This gave me a unique up bringing compared to most of my close friends and classmates. As I grew older and I became more involved in the dairy industry, my friends started asking more questions about agriculture and I was always glad to have a conversation about it. For me, I not only want to help bridge the ever growing gap between farmers and the consumer, but I also want to help educate the public on facts surrounding the agricultural industry. Through having conversations with consumers, I believe that one day we can bridge this growing gap between farmers and consumers.

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Growing up I was very active in the Triangle Troopers 4-H Club from a young age showing Jersey’s and exhibiting various art, photography and sewing projects. My love for the Jersey cow and the dairy industry flourished along for my desire to learn more. I became involved in the Stoughton FFA chapter, Dane County Junior Holstein Breeders, the Wisconsin Holstein Association and the Wisconsin Jersey Association. I was also very involved in the Dane County Dairy Judging team where I’ve competed at local, state and national levels and was a member of the Dane County Dairy Quiz Bowl team.These organizations helped me gain life long knowledge and friendships.

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