Proud to have grown up on a farm.
I'm proud to say I grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm. Because my parents raised me proud, I always wanted to work in a career connected in some way with agriculture.
I'm in ag communications work now, and still proud to know some of the best people in the world who care for land, animals and people. Among my great clients, I work for the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin and the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation. I love what those organizations have done and are doing to serve the dairy industry. They are helping dairy producers be--and be seen as--professionals. That means a lot to me personally.
I always dreamed of a day when my Dad would be thought of as a professional. So often he fought the image of being "just a farmer." Well, Dad, you've always been a professional in my eyes. Though I did not stay on to help run the farm (all my best wishes to my brave brother), I will always work to help dairy producers have professional development opportunities, and communicate that professionalism to others.
Kudos to the Progressive Dairy folks for allowing us this forum. Thanks!