Taylor Schaefer of Franksville was selected as Wisconsin’s 75th Alice in Dairyland on May 21 at the conclusion of the Alice Finals in Madison. In this position, Schaefer will work as a full-time communications professional for the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, educating the public about the importance of agriculture in Wisconsin.
Schaefer says her fondest memories stem from her family’s beef and crop farm, where raising livestock and serving as a youth leader in the Racine County 4-H program ignited her passion for agriculture. Schaefer studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was involved in the Association of Women in Agriculture, Badger Dairy Club and the University of Wisconsin Marching Band. In 2021, she interned with Mayer Beef and Folk Song Farm, where she broadened her knowledge of the Something Special from Wisconsin program and connected with consumers.
She joined the Animal and Dairy Sciences Department at UW-Madison as a digital media intern and the Mid-West Farm Report as a farm assistant. She graduated in 2022 with bachelor’s degrees in animal sciences and life sciences communication and a certificate in digital studies. Upon graduation, she accepted a position with the Mid-West Farm Report in Madison.
“As a young exhibitor, I looked up to Alice for her contributions toward reconnecting consumers to producers and her ability to foster positive relationships between urban and rural community members,” Schaefer says. “As Alice, I will explore Wisconsin’s diverse agriculture industry and share my knowledge with audiences of all demographics across the state.”
Runners up for the Alice title are: Amber Cafferty, Amelia Hayden, Courtney Moser, Samantha Schuessler and Charitee Seebecker.
Schaefer was selected at the 75th Alice in Dairyland Finals, hosted by Dane County May 19-21. She will begin her term as Alice in Dairyland on July 5. She succeeds 74th Alice in Dairyland Julia Nunes of Chippewa Falls, who will continue her current term until the transition in July.
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