KALAMAZOO, MI — Samantha Ludlum, a Michigan State University (MSU) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources student, was honored Saturday, Feb.10, 2018 at Michigan Farm Bureau’s (MFB) Young Farmer Leaders Conference in Kalamazoo as a recipient of the MFB Marge Karker Scholarship. She received a $1,000 award to help fund her 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 serve 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, 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.”
Samantha’s passion for agriculture has been shaped by a number of experiences and opportunities, including being raised on a farm and in a agriculturally driven community, showing sheep and other livestock nationwide, and serving in the capacity of a Michigan FFA State Officer.
“By helping youth develop their skills and interest for agriculture and livestock by coaching quiz bowl and Career Development Event teams, attending workshops, conferences, and field days, I’ve gained more knowledge of an ever evolving industry,” said Ludlam. “It’s strengthened my development as a professional and allowed me to take advantage of numerous opportunities that have allowed me to travel across the globe and learn from diverse and developing agricultural communities.”
Samantha looks forward to serving as an advocate for agriculture and a resource for everyone in her community. She’s excited about the opportunity to promote all types of involvement in the industry, and as a livestock producer, she feels she can serve a role by providing quality products for consumers and contribute to her local economy.
“In the next ten to fifteen years I think some of the largest and most important issues that will confront the agriculture industry will be food access and security, environmental sustainability, and shifting our current production methods to meet the ever increasing consumer demands and specifications,” said Ludlam. “All players in the food and agriculture industries will have to continue to become more aware of these consumer demands, and create sustainable strategies that can address the demands in one way or another.”
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.
Note: For more information, contact Amelia Miller at 517-679-5688.