Since the Global Food Challenge program was launched in 2014, 31 students have walked through the doors of Land O’Lakes as sophomores curious about what the future will hold. It’s a similar and familiar feeling we’ve all had, whether it be your first day at school or your first day on a new job.
I drink skim milk, occasionally pay $5 for a specialty cup of coffee and am a loyal consumer of organic vanilla bean granola. Growing up in the suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota, the only time I stepped foot on a farm was to get lost in a corn maze.
Julia, from Spencer, South Dakota, is studying international affairs with a concentration in Latin America in the Elliot School for International Affairs. She began her journey in agriculture by growing up on a cattle farm and participated in the FFA in high school, receiving her American Degree in 2017. During college, she has interned for the Cocoa for Peace Project within the USDA. She also works with her school's bipartisan political club to promote compromise on campus, and she serves as the recording secretary for her Alpha Delta Pi chapter.