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Five Dane County Students Earn Dairy Promotion Scholarships

Five Dane County Students Earn Dairy Promotion Scholarships
Awards will be presented June 9 at Dane County Dairy Breakfast.

The Dane County Dairy Promotion Committee is proud to support five local students through its scholarship program.  New last year, the scholarship program recognizes students who are residents of Dane County and pursuing post-secondary educations with an agricultural emphasis.  Recipients of this year's $1,000 scholarships are Cory Brown, Belleville; Amelia Cooper, DeForest; Kate Griswold, Black Earth; Joe Mulcahy, Dane; and Ryan Ripp, Lodi.

Five Dane County Students Earn Dairy Promotion Scholarships

Cory Brown, Belleville, is the son of Brian and Yogi Brown.  He will be pursuing his second year in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course, focusing on dairy herd management.  Growing up, Brown was an active 4-H and FFA member.  He served as a 2010-2011 Wisconsin state FFA officer and recently joined the Belleville FFA Alumni officer team.  At UW-Madison, he is a member of Collegiate FFA, Collegiate Farm Bureau and Badger Dairy Club.  Upon graduation, he plans to return to his family's farm, eventually assuming full ownership.  "Agriculture is my life," Brown said.  "There is nowhere I would rather work and live than on the farm."

Amelia Cooper, DeForest, is the daughter of William and Pamela Cooper.  She attends UW-River Falls with a major in agriculture business.  On campus, she is a member of the Dairy Club, Agriculture Education Society and Association of Women in Agriculture.  With a love for dairy judging, she competed with the UWRF dairy judging team, exhibited at the Wisconsin State Fair and World Dairy Expo, and served as president of the Dane County Junior Holstein Association.  Cooper would like to pursue and agricultural business career and own her own medium-sized dairy farm.  "Since the day I turned five and knew I would have the opportunity to show a March calf at the district show, I have been hooked on the dairy industry," Cooper said.  "I know I always want to be working with dairy cows."


Kate Griswold, Black Earth, is the daughter of Tim and Jane Griswold.  Graduating from high school this year, Griswold plans to attend UW-Madison to double-major in life sciences communication and animal science.  During high school, she was active in 4-H, FFA, her church youth group, and DECA, serving as the Wisconsin DECA state vice president of communications this past year.  She is also a member of the National Junior Swine Association and National Junior Angus Association.  She plans to pursue a career in marketing and communications to promote agriculture to consumers.  "People no longer are tied to farms by one generation," Griswold said.  "My dream career involves linking farmers and consumers, consequently enhancing the success of production agriculture."

Joe Mulcahy, Dane, is the son of Mike and Cathy Mulcahy.  He is currently attending the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, majoring in animal science with a pre-veterinary emphasis.  He is a member of the Gopher Dairy Club, FFA Alumni, Farm Bureau, Ducks Unlimited and the American Cancer Society.  He also serves as an ambassador for the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences.  During high school, he worked at a local clinic as a veterinary technician assistant, leading to his career goal of becoming a large animal veterinarian.  "Over the past few years, there has been a decrease in the number of people entering the large animal field," Mulcahy said.  "I am unique in the fact that I love these animals.  I plan to work with large animals for the rest


Ryan Ripp, Lodi, is the son of Keith and Lori Ripp.  He attends UW-Platteville, where he majors in animal science and minors in agribusiness.  Ripp is a member of the UW-Platteville Collegiate Farm Bureau and Block and Bridle as well as the Dane County Farm Bureau and Lodi FFA Alumni.  He also serves as swine superintendent of the Dane County Fair and is a firefighter with the Dane Fire Department.   Ripp plans to return to his family's farm, which includes a grain and custom-fed heifer business.  "From my elders and my experiences, I gained much knowledge, which grew my respect for our animals, our land and our family legacy," Ripp said.  "I would like to be a strong voice and advocate for agriculture with plans to continue the successful legacy my grandfather and father started."


"We are proud to help support these students through our scholarship program," said Pat O'Brien, a Dane County dairy farmer and president of the Dane County Dairy Promotion Committee.  "It's exciting to see such ambitious and hardworking students who are passionate about agriculture.  We look forward to the future contributions they'll make to our industry as they become the next generation of agricultural leaders."


Students will be recognized for their achievements on Saturday, June 9 at the upcoming 34th Annual Dane County Breakfast on the Farm. This year's event is hosted by the Keller family of Kellercrest Registered Holsteins in Mt. Horeb (1141 County Highwy JG South).  Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. 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.

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 take place June 2 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Capitol Square in downtown Madison.  To learn more, visit

Source: Dane County Dairy Promotion Committee

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