In preparation for the selection of the 75th Alice in Dairyland, we’re giving you a chance to meet the candidates.
The Alice in Dairyland Finals will be held May 19-21 in Dane County. The 75th Alice in Dairyland will begin her term on July 5. The Mid-West Farm Report sat down with the six top candidates after they were announced earlier this month.
One of the top candidates getting ready for the 75th year of Alice is Amber Cafferty. Cafferty applied to be Alice in Dairyland as a way to encourage the next generation to become involved in ag industry.
“It is an honor to be a top Alice in Dairyland candidate,” says Cafferty. “As Alice, I will strive to be the role model she was for me growing up as well as cherish the opportunity to share the story of Wisconsin’s diverse agricultural commodities and the producers who make it possible.”
Cafferty grew up on her family’s dairy and poultry farm in western Wisconsin, where many of her childhood memories included summer days training heifers for the county fair, unloading small hay bales, and feeding calves with her siblings. Growing up, she was active in 4-H and FFA, which helped develop her love for agriculture into lifelong leadership and communication skills.
Cafferty attended the University of Minnesota, where she was involved in the Gopher Club, Beta of Clovia sorority, National Grocers Association, and Agriculture Education and Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow Club. Internships with Minnesota 4-H – Wright County, The Dairy Alliance, and the Minnesota State Fair Competition Department allowed her to further develop her agriculture knowledge.
Cafferty graduated in May 2019 with bachelor’s degrees in agricultural communications and marketing and animal science. After graduation, she returned to her family’s farm before accepting a full-time position with Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin as a marketing and development coordinator.
Leading up to the finals in Dane County, the top candidates will prepare for an extensive interview process. The three-day Alice in Dairyland Finals include agribusiness tours, media interviews, an impromptu question and answer session, individual interviews, and candidate presentations.