I studied agricultural communications, leadership and education (with a minor in Spanish) at South Dakota State University from 2006-2009. While attending college, I wanted to add to my portfolio of work, so I reached out to 30 various agricultural publications about the potential for freelance opportunities. I was rejected 29 times, with the exception of one acceptance from the Tri-State Livestock News. I began writing for this regional ag paper weekly in 2007 and started expanding my freelance work from there.
During my university years, I served internships with USDA’s Ag Marketing Service in Washington, D.C. and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Denver. However, it was an opportunity to intern with BEEF magazine in the summer of 2008 that really impacted the course of my career. The internship led to an ongoing blog and newsletter titled, "BEEF Daily," which launched in 2008 and is delivered to readers every Monday-Thursday. Doing the math, I've written more than 2,100 blog posts since I began, and I don't plan to slow down anytime soon. It's truly an honor to serve as a voice for the nation's beef producers, and I'm passionate about covering timely, hot topics that are relevant to U.S. cattlemen and women.
Other notable, early achievements in my agricultural career include winning the 2006 National FFA Extemporaneous Speaking contest and the 2006 National Beef Ambassador competition. In 2012, I was recognized as a Top 10 Beef Industry Leader by the Cattle Business Weekly. That same year, I was also featured on Media Industry News’ 2012 Top 15 People To Watch Under 30 list for my work on the BEEF Daily blog.
In my free time, I enjoy mentoring FFA youth in my community and coaching them as they compete in various contests.