World Dairy Expo welcomed Katie Schmitt to the staff as Communications Specialist.
Her primary responsibilities include writing and distributing press releases for WDE and the Dane County Fair, coordinating the Expo Daily Edition newspaper and engaging fans and followers on social media platforms.
Schmitt is a May 2016 graduate of the University of Minnesota, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science-Industry and Business, with minors in Communication Studies and Agricultural Food Business Management.
During college, Schmitt worked as a Communication Assistant for the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences and held internships with Mycogen Seeds and the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. Schmitt was an active member of the Gopher Dairy Club, the Agricultural Education Club, and Beta of Clovia Sorority, taking on leadership roles in all three organizations.
A native of Rice, MN, Schmitt grew up on her family’s Registered Holstein farm, Ralma Holsteins. She was active in the dairy industry, exhibiting cattle and serving for three years on the Minnesota Junior Holstein Association Board of Directors
Additionally, she helped educate consumers as a county dairy princess and as the 2013 Runner-up to Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Schmitt remains active on her home farm and is currently on the board of directors for Farm Camp Minnesota.