KALAMAZOO, MI — Three exemplary Michigan State University (MSU) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources students were honored Saturday, Feb.10, 2018 at Michigan Farm Bureau’s (MFB) Young Farmer Leaders Conference in Kalamazoo.
Samantha Ludlum of Hopkins, Jessica Timmer of Zeeland, and Loren King of Burr Oak were recipients of the MFB Marge Karker Scholarship. Each received a $1,000 award to help fund their MSU education.
Ludlum is a junior majoring in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Education. A graduate of Hopkins High School, she is the daughter of Michael and Heather Ludlum, a MAEAP Technician and Veterinarian, respectively. An Allegan County Farm Bureau member, Samantha plans to be an agricultural educator at the secondary level, and serving as an FFA Advisor and career and experience supervisor for students.
“As an AFNR educator, I will play a very important role in the agriculture industry by not only creating future leaders for the agriculture industry, but also serving as an advocate for agriculture and a resource for everyone in my community to utilize,” said Ludlum. “I also know that I will have to serve the interests of my community and students, which will require me to share knowledge of many different sectors of the agriculture industry.”
Ludlam is a member of numerous scholastic and industry-related clubs and organizations. She indicates that along with having a career as an agricultural educator, she plans to own and operate a diversified livestock operation.
Timmer is a sophomore majoring in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Education (AFNR). With her goal to become a teacher, she hopes to educate students about agriculture and the many ways, she says, if affects their lives. Jessica is the daughter of Jack and Beth Timmer of Zeeland. 25-year members of the Ottawa County Farm Bureau, they have a three-acre hobby farm where they raise goats, sheep, chickens and 4-H projects, along with pumpkins and fruits for a roadside stand.
“I’ve been involved in agriculture for many years, and one thing that’s always bothered me has been the misinformation that the public is given through the media,” said Jessica. “I’ve had many discussions with people that don’t understand agriculture or where their food is actually coming from. For this reason, I’m pursuing a degree in AFNRE from Michigan State. With this degree, I am hoping to be able to teach people the truth about how their food is produced. I am not sure yet if I will end up in a high school classroom or working with Farm Bureau through Ag in the Classroom, but I am aiming at becoming a certified teacher. I’m looking forward to a future of bridging the gap that has formed between farms and consumers.”
Involved in FFA and 4-H in high school, with a number of scholastic accomplishments to show from it, Jessica continues in that vein in college with AFNRE club, RISE, Block and Bridle, Spartan Christian Fellowship and Collegiate Farm Bureau.
King is a sophomore focused on a double major in Agriculture, Food, And Natural Resources Education and Public Policy. A graduate of Branch Area Careers Center in Coldwater, he plans to have a career in public policy and educational awareness, as it relates to agriculture. The son of St. Joseph County Farm Bureau members Bart and Angie King, he has auspicious goals involving both the use of technology that will be benefit farmers, as well as using social media in sharing information to the same end.
“I’d like to help states and the federal government design legislation that ensures new agricultural technology can be used safely and effectively across the industry,” said King. “Secondly, I believe videography and photographic presentations on social media will become increasingly more important in the agricultural industry. I’d like to employ this passion in making commercials, YouTube and Vimeo videos, and documentaries about agriculture. Finally, I’m interested in forming my own agricultural technology company as I plan to expand the capabilities of my soil testing drone and create a production chain allowing farmers and agronomists to use it in pursuit of their data management needs.”
A member of several organizations at MSU, including Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resource Education Club and MSU Collegiate Farm Bureau, King plans to become involved agricultural law after graduation, stating environmental law is becoming increasingly important in state legislation, and agriculturalists will have to be prepared to incorporate new technologies safely as these laws begin to apply to our industry.
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