High School: New Holstein High School, 2017
Lillian’s love for all things agriculture was molded at a young age. Growing up and working on her family’s third-generation, 300-cattle dairy farm, Feider Farms LLC, turned Lillian onto a career interest of becoming a veterinarian who works with large animals. On the farm, she has milked cows, fed calves and given vaccinations.
She graduated as the salutatorian at her high school, where she ranked No. 2 in her class with an exceptional grade-point average of 4.1. Lillian also served as president of her FFA chapter, was the 2016 Wisconsin FFA Prepared Speaking Contest state runner-up, participated in several state and national leadership conferences, played soccer and performed with the Eastern Wisconsin Conference and Wisconsin FFA honors bands.
High School: Pulaski High School, 2017
College Attending: UW-Madison, Dairy Science
Emma has a twofold career goal. She plans to turn a bachelor’s degree in Dairy Science into working for a dairy genetics company, helping dairy farmers develop a more productive and efficient herd of cattle through improved genetics. Thereafter, Emma would like to return home and run her family’s multigenerational dairy farm.
Growing up as the oldest of six kids on the farm, Double Nickel Dairy LLC, has prepared Emma for what’s next. She milked cows early in the morning and in the evening each day, fed calves daily, vaccinated the cattle and also managed the farm’s reproductive program.
Emma also made time for numerous interests at school and in her community. She was president of her FFA and 4-H chapters, qualified for the 2017 National Holstein Convention with the Shawano County Senior Dairy Bowl team, played violin for eight years and volunteered for many causes.
High School: Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School, 2017
College Attending: UW-Madison, Dairy Science
Involvement as a partner in her family’s third-generation dairy farm, Mehre-Vu Farm, where she has seven cattle, helped shape Jessica’s keen interest in agriculture.
With a goal of making a difference on the agricultural landscape globally, Jessica has mapped out a concise plan. She wants to earn a bachelor’s degree in Dairy Science and a certificate in Sustainability, then head to New York to pursue a doctorate in Cornell University’s Animal Science graduate program. Her career aspirations are to return to the Badger State to work in dairy systems research and help dairy farmers around the world become more efficient and sustainable agriculturists. She also may have interest in teaching at UW-Madison someday.
Jessica ranked second in her graduating high school class. Vast participation in extracurricular activities included music, theater and sports. She also was president of her FFA and AFS-USA chapters, spent a year as class president and band president, and was a team captain in cross-country.
High School: Plymouth High School, 2017
College Attending: UW-Madison, Biochemistry
A strong work ethic generated by 15 years of helping out and working at his family’s farm, Rocky Pine Oasis Livestock Farms, has prepared Erik for what he hopes will be many more years in agriculture.
After pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at UW-Madison, he would like to get a master’s degree there and then settle in a small rural area in Wisconsin or Minnesota to promote organic farming while running a small livestock farm and selling beef cattle. A long-range goal is to travel to Africa to educate farmers in need on sustainable farming methods.
He’s no stranger to high achievement and taking charge. Erik graduated from high school with a perfect GPA of 4.0 and was selected Defensive Player of the Year for the school football team last year. He served as a captain for the football and wrestling teams at Plymouth, where he was elected class vice president for three years. He also held leadership positions in several other school and community activities.
High School: Mosinee High School, 2017
College Attending: UW-Madison
Describing herself as “a warrior,” a resilient Iris didn’t let personal hardships stop her from getting a lot accomplished in her childhood.
She graduated from Mosinee as valedictorian, ranking at the top of her class with an unblemished GPA of 4.0. Iris further distinguished herself as a leader in school by serving as class president in Student Senate, team captain in track and field and captain in Science Olympiad and Math League. She also has been a mentoring “Big” for a needy child in Big Brothers Big Sisters.
And, 12 years of involvement on her family’s dairy farm has included managing a herd of 28 beef cattle and maintaining operations such as upkeep of fences, buildings, pastures, machines and animal care. Iris plans to pursue agricultural business at UW-Madison. She’s interested in helping farmers run a successful business by supplying them with cost-effective technology.
High School: Medford Area Senior High School, 2017
College Attending: UW-River Falls
Planning to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Joseph wants to turn his formative training and entrepreneurial passion into starting a farm or agriculture-related business in his rural community.
Ten years of helping and working on his family’s two adjacent dairy farms with daily responsibilities — including milking and sorting cows, raising calves, moving fences, and operating and repairing equipment — gave Joseph insights into identifying problems and finding solutions. By learning the ins and outs of operating a grass-based dairy farm with managed grazing, he has sought “out of the box” opportunities for upgrading the dairy industry in his community. One example is Joseph raised a herd of Hereford cattle organically.
He moves on to UW-River Falls to major in Agricultural Engineering after cultivating leadership skills in high school. He was president of his FFA and 4-H chapters and a team captain in cross-country.