Hello American Dairy Industry! My name is Nicole Schaendorf and I am currently serving Michigan as the 2009 Michigan Senior Dairy Ambassador. I am senior at Michigan State University majoring in Agriculture and Natural Resources Communications, specializing in Agri-Business Management and Public Relations.

I grew up on a dairy farm in Hopkins, Michigan, halfway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. We have built our farm from the ground up, starting with 32 cows in a tiestall barn in 1994, and have been building ever since, today milking over 1,100. My family also has a custom harvesting business where we harvest crops for dairy farmers all over Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Let’s just say I have been born and bred to love agriculture, cows and speaking with all who will listen about dairy.

With my ambassador position and career aspirations, I hope to extend my knowledge of dairy throughout the state of Michigan at local and statewide events as well as encourage discussion and education of agriculture. These goals are not limited to Michigan with the wonderful workings of Social Media I want to spread the word about what I am doing and learn about other parts of our country. Open minds bring open opportunities, let’s get to work and start growing together!

More about ambassador program: http://michigandairyambassador.wordpress.com/

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Comment by Jennifer Lewis on October 8, 2009 at 5:05pm
Congratulations Nicole! I know you'll do Dairy Proud!!
Comment by Nicole Scahendorf Heslip on October 8, 2009 at 12:32pm
Check out the link to my current blog to learn more about what we do. The ambassador program evolved out of the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference in 2006 and is also a scholarship based program.

I am the first to be proactive with social media and am spreading the word about what we do. If there are dairy related activities which need volunteers, educational sessions or other ways which we can promote Michigan's dairy industry, we try to help. Wisconsin has Alice in Dairyland. Minnesota has Princess Kay. Indiana has Miss America this year. Michigan has the Dairy Ambassador, male or female.

We also are interested in attending events outside of Michigan and other related conferences, if you know of any, please pass them along.
Comment by Ryan Curtis on October 8, 2009 at 12:07pm
It's good to get to know you. How are the Senior Dairy Ambassador's chosen/appointed? What will your responsibilities be in that role?

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