Two Area Women Candidates for 72nd Alice in Dairyland

Two Area Women Candidates for 72nd Alice in Dairyland

Five top candidates for the 72nd Alice in Dairyland were announced today, a key step in the process of selecting Wisconsin’s next agricultural ambassador. The five top candidates were announced at a press conference held at the New Glarus Hotel in New Glarus. Following an extensive interview process, the 72nd Alice in Dairyland will be selected from among the five candidates at the conclusion of the Alice in Dairyland Finals Program, scheduled May 9-11 at various locations in Green County. The five top candidates are Sarah Achenbach, Eastman; Cassandra Krull, Lake Mills; Abigail Martin, Milton; Mariah Martin, Brooklyn; and Tess Zettle, Juda. “While the end destination is naming the 72nd Alice in Dairyland, the journey through the coming weeks is one in which each top candidate will gain from this professional development experience,” said 71st Alice in Dairyland Kaitlyn Riley. “The various components of the extensive interview process allows each candidate to showcase communications and public relations skills required for being Wisconsin’s agricultural ambassador. The personal growth they will experience from this process will carry far into their future careers.”

Cassandra Krull developed her work ethic and go-getter attitude from farming alongside her parents and siblings on the family dairy farm. Striving to be the fourth-generation farmer at Krull Farms, she completed her degree in animal science with a dairy emphasis from the University of Wisconsin- Platteville in December 2015. Upon graduation, she started her professional career with Cargill Animal Nutrition, working with customers on all phases of the farm to improve dairy cow and farmer profitability. Currently, she works for STgenetics as a call center sales specialist, providing dairy farmers with different genetic opportunities throughout their herd. In her free time she gives back to the organizations that helped mold her into the individual she is today. She helps with Jefferson County Dairy Youth, coaching dairy quiz bowl and jeopardy, teaching fitting and showmanship clinic; and she oversees dairy youth exhibiting at the Wisconsin Junior State Fair. “As the 72nd Alice in Dairyland, I will strive to create awareness of Wisconsin’s diverse agriculture industry through different channels of communication and education,” said Krull. “As Alice, I will share our Wisconsin agriculture story, as well as traditions and values, to many audiences throughout my travels of our beautiful state.”

Abigail Martin has a passion for all things Wisconsin: good cheese, the Wisconsin Badgers, and her Wisconsin farm family. She is the fourth generation on her family’s registered Holstein farm. It was there that she found a love for dairy cattle, and long summer days at the county and state fairs. Her interest in agriculture led her to pursue a degree in dairy science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On campus, she was involved in the Association of Women in Agriculture, Badger Dairy Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and was on the intercollegiate dairy judging team. She has held previous roles in marketing at the Rock County 4-H Fair, East Central/ Select Sires, and Babcock Hall Dairy Store. Upon graduation in May 2018, she accepted a role with DeLaval Inc. in their North American marketing and communications department. “Being chosen as Alice in Dairyland would be an extreme honor,” said Martin. “As Alice, I would demonstrate a strong commitment to learning and sharing about our great state and its robust agriculture industry.”