Schaefer named 75th Alice in Dairyland
Wisconsin’s 75th Alice in Dairyland is Taylor Schaefer. Schaefer was selected Saturday during the Alice in Dairyland Finals hosted by Dane County in Madison.
Schaefer tells Brownfield while growing up on a Racine county farm and showing animals at the fair, she looked up to Alice in Dairyland. “As a young exhibitor I really did look up to Alice but I never thought I could be her. You know, these people are such role models in my life and I always looked up to them, and I am so excited to be in this position and so incredibly thrilled to be that role model for other people.”
Schaefer says she looks forward to learning more about the areas of agriculture she didn’t see every day on the family’s beef and crop farm. “When you come from a farm, you know a lot about, I guess, what you grew up in but I think it’s really exciting to be able to learn about so many different things and share that with audiences of all demographics across the state.”
Schaefer graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison a week ago with degrees in animal sciences and life sciences communication, plus a certificate in digital studies. She officially takes over for current Alice in Dairyland Julie Nunes on July 5th. While in college, she was active in the Association of Women in Agriculture, Badger Dairy Club, and the Badger Marching Band.
Alice in Dairyland is a one-year paid position through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. It is the only program in the nation designed to promote all of a state’s agricultural products.
The 75th Alice in Dairyland program also featured a reunion of previous Alices, including the very first Alice in Dairyland, Margaret McGuire who will be celebrating her 93rd birthday in August.