My path into agriculture was a little different than most people. Agriculture wasn’t my family business; I didn’t grow up raising farm animals or helping to plant fields. I often tell people that agriculture was the career that chose me: as a college sophomore who started working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
While my background may not be typical, what it lacks in tradition, it makes up for in perspective. My unique background helps me look at things both as a person strongly dedicated to serving the animal agriculture industry, as well as a person “on the outside” – someone who is removed from the farm, someone, for instance, like the majority of consumers.
It’s no secret that the animal agriculture industry has been having some, what I like to call, public relations growing pains. For so long, the animal agriculture industry has been “mums the word” about what they do, how they do it and why they love to do it. But no more.