Monday, March 7, 2011
Women Changing the Face of Agricuture Conference
At the conference, we were able to visit with several girls that were interested in a career in agriculture. Their ages seem to range from a Freshmen in High School to Sophomore in College. After chatting with the girls, we tried to get a feel for what interests they had. To our surprise, many were interested in Animal Science; however many were undecided on what they wanted to do with their lives.
I think we learned alot not only from the girls that attended this conference, but alot about each other! I learned that Kelly Estes,who showed animals and was active in 4-H, was an Animal Science major until she was a Junior in College and then changed to a Crop Science major after taking an Entomology class. Stephanie Porter had her heart set on Biotechnology, but later changed her concentration to Plant Pathology, after having completing a Plant Disease course. Michelle Wiesbrook, raised on the farm, had her mind set on NOT pursuing a career in agriculture, but was steered into the ag business field by her local ag teacher, and later learned she was interested in Weed Science. Suzanne Bissonnette, was a city girl, started out in Pre-Med, and later switched over to a Plant Pathology doctoral degree, which then led her to her career in agriculture. We all realized that we ended up in careers that we could of never imagined! Who would of ever thought that we would like bugs, fungus, and weeds?