Future FarmHer Around the World | Stephanie McMillian & Kendra Kehrli

July 08, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Stephanie and Kendra were both in Europe and share their story: 

Stephanie McMillian:

Where are you traveling?

I traveled to Sweden for a four week study abroad. 

What is your background in agriculture?

I grew up on an acreage on the edge of town.  My dad is a veterinarian and I was active in 4-H and FFA.  Participating in the World Food Prize solidified my plans to go into agriculture.  

What is the most interesting agriculture industry you have seen on your trip?

The most interesting industry was the canola fields in full bloom.  They were a beautiful vibrant yellow.  

Why are you a FarmHer and what does agriculture mean to you? 

I am a FarmHer because I want to change the public's perception on agriculture.  I want consumers to be knowledgeable about where their food come from and how it is produced.  Agriculture to me means a network of people working together in various ways to feed the world.  

  Stephanie McMillian in Sweeden

Kendra Kehrli:

Where did you travel?

I was in a 4-week program with 15 other students; we traveled to Poland, Lithuania, and Czech Republic.

What's your background in agriculture?

I live on a farrow to finish hog farm; but we also are very diversified from chickens, rabbits, sheep, calves, a pony, and even a donkey. I have also been actively involved in 4-H and FFA for countless years, and I served as the 2013 Iowa Pork Princess. 

What is the most interesting agriculture industry you saw on your trip?

The most interesting agriculture industry I saw on my trip was an Apply Orchard Farm. It was family owned and produced millions of pounds of apples per year; we started the tour of the farm at the apple nursery farm, then to the apple farm, to the picking equipment, to the apple sorting building, and finally to the boxing and warehouse stage. It was quite and experience!

Why are you a FarmHer and what does agriculture mean to you?

I am a FarmHer because my ultimate goal is to fill the disconnect that stands between consumer and farmer. Agriculture is and will always be an important role in my life; this is a place where opportunities are endless, and where I will be able grow both in my personal life and professional career.

Kendra's group in Eurpoe


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