The Dane County Dairy Promotion Committee is proud to support seven local students through its scholarship program. The scholarship program recognizes students who are residents of Dane County pursuing a post-secondary education with an agricultural emphasis. Recipients of this year's $1,000 scholarships are Elizabeth Endres, Waunakee; Sara Griswold, Black Earth; Karsen Haag, Mt. Horeb; Kyle Herbrand, Dane; Michael Murphy, Madison; Elizabeth Sarbacker, Verona; and Ben Veum, Stoughton.
Elizabeth Endres is the daughter of Steve and Kathy Endres. She graduated from Waunakee High School in 2013 and is majoring in dairy science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On campus, she is active in the Association for Women in Agriculture, Badger Dairy Club and Collegiate Farm Bureau. In addition, she is a member of the Waunakee Whirlwinds 4-H Club, Dane County Junior Holsteins and the Dane County Dairy Judging Team. Endres plans to apply to the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and become a large animal vet, specializing in advanced reproductive technologies. "I hope to continue the advancement of dairy cattle genetics and develop a more productive and profitable cow," she said.
Sara Griswold is the daughter of Tim and Jane Griswold. She will graduate from Middleton High School this year and plans to attend UW-Madison to major in dairy science. Griswold is a member of the Cross Plains Wondermaker 4-H Club and the Waunakee High School FFA Chapter. She was named the 2013 Lodi Agriculture Junior Fairest of the Fair and serves as a youth representative on the Dane County Fair Board. She is also a member of the Wisconsin Show Pig Association and Wisconsin Livestock Breeders Association. Griswold would like to pursue a career that gives her the opportunity to educate consumers about agriculture. "Our growing population is already generations removed from the farm," Griswold said. "I want to be able to give back to an industry that has personally taught me so much by teaching and educating others about agriculture."
Karsen Haag is the daughter of Virgil and Dawn Haag. She graduated from Mt. Horeb High School in 2012 and is currently attending Southwest Technical College to study dairy herd management and agribusiness. She has extensive experience exhibiting dairy cattle at the Dane County Fair and Wisconsin State Fair. She is a member of the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association and was selected as Dane County Fairest of the Fair runner-up. Haag would like to return to her home farm and buy into its registered Holstein herd. "I am a young person planning to return to the ground level of the dairy industry," Haag said. "I gain a sense of accomplishment when the herd improves through better genetics and practices."
Kyle Herbrand is the son of Brad and Kari Herbrand. He will graduate from Sauk Prairie High School this year and plans to attend UW-Platteville to major in animal science. He is an active member of his local FFA chapter and 4-H club. He also exhibits animals at local fairs, was named captain of the cross country team and served as treasurer of the National Honor Society. Herbrand plans to pursue a career in animal nutrition. "I want to experience all parts of agriculture so that I can be well-rounded and able to work in and develop all aspects of agriculture," Herbrand said.
Michael Murphy is the son of Dennis and Tammy Murphy. He graduated from James Madison Memorial High School in 2011 and is attending UW-Platteville to earn a degree in agribusiness with a minor in animal science. Murphy works as a farm assistant at several dairy farms and held an internship with Premier Cooperative last summer. He is also a member of UW-Platteville's Collegiate Farm Bureau. In addition to obtaining a career in agriculture, Murphy would like to join in his family's farm in Barneveld. "The dairy industry has always been close to my heart, and I work every day to increase public knowledge and perception of the dairy farmer," Murphy said.
Elizabeth Sarbacker is the daughter of Tom and Vicki Sarbacker. She will graduate from Verona Area High School this year and plans to attend UW-Madison to major in dairy science. She is a member of the Fireballs 4-H Club and the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association. Sarbacker served as president of the Verona FFA Chapter and is involved in the National Honor Society and Spanish Club. She would like to pursue a career in agriculture and possibly return to her family's dairy farm. "It is a goal of mine to raise my future family with the same values and agriculture background that have made me the person I am today," she said.
Ben Veum is the son of Kenny and Cindy Veum. He will graduate from Stoughton High School this year and plans to attend UW-Madison to major in animal sciences. He is a member of the Rutland 4-H Club and Wisconsin Show Pig Association. He was was elected vice president of the Stoughton FFA Chapter and captain of the varsity soccer team. After college graduation, Veum would like to pursue a career in animal nutrition or genetics. He would also like to start a small sow herd to raise show pigs for local youth. "Agriculture is something that I am passionate about and would love to take that passion into my career," Veum said.
"We are proud to help support these students through our scholarship program," said Pat O'Brien, president of the Dane County Dairy Promotion Committee and a Dane County dairy farmer. "These students will become the next generation of leaders in our industry, and their talents will continue to move agriculture forward."
Students will be recognized for their achievements Saturday, June 14, at the upcoming 36th annual Dane County Breakfast on the Farm. This year's event is hosted by Jerome and Lynn Zander of Zander's Dairy Farm in Mt. Horeb (9283 Windy Lane). Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to noon and includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, cheese, ice cream, milk and coffee. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for kids 2 and younger. Organized by the Dane County Dairy Promotion Committee, Breakfast on the Farm will also include live music, guest speakers, horse-drawn wagon rides and educational displays and activities. Special appearances include Bucky Badger and the Dane County Fairest of the Fair.
The Dane County Dairy Promotion Committee promotes the dairy industry and consumption of dairy products by sponsoring dairy education in school programs and local dairy education events, such as Cows on the Concourse, which will be held Saturday, June 7 at the Capitol Square in Madison, and Breakfast on the Farm. To learn more, visit www.danecountydairy.com.