City, state: Litchfield, Minnesota
Reign year: 2021-22
Summary of yourself and your ag/dairy background:
I was born and raised on my family’s dairy farm, which started my passion for the dairy community at a young age. Being involved in the dairy community throughout my life has led me to obtain an associate degree in agribusiness, and I’m currently working toward my bachelor’s degree in food science and technology.
How your reign started:
I was named one of 10 finalists in May. We had a multi-portion interview process with seven parts, as well as judging on our formal dinner etiquette and interaction with anyone we encountered during judging. The final judging was held in August, and I was crowned the evening before the Minnesota State Fair.
Your promotion activities over the past year:
I have done a lot of visits in the classroom where I have been able to show a virtual tour of a robotic dairy. This resource has been one of my favorites to use because it is practical for a wide variety of ages and sparks conversation in the classroom. I also do lots of speaking events at agricultural and dairy related events, senior homes and on-farm events during June Dairy Month.
Specific promotion activity you are most proud of from your reign:
I was able to make butter with a group of 5- to 7-year-olds. I used different containers that were harder to open to try to limit the number of spills, and it went perfectly. Everyone shook their butter until it was ready to be eaten, and we were all very proud of the final product. I really enjoy sharing with young audiences.
What you think it takes to be successful at promoting dairy:
Dedication. If we aren’t dedicated to promoting the dairy community, it will be hard for others to understand our passion. The dedication we have plays a major role in ourselves as advocates and really is the biggest factor on the impact that we leave on those around us.
PHOTO: Anna Euerle makes a classroom visit in Hamburg, Minnesota. Photo courtesy of Midwest Dairy. Headshot photo provided by Anna Euerle.
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