Orange City Youth Selected As South Dakota Dairy Ambassador

Jenna Van Wyk was selected as a South Dakota Dairy Ambassador.

Five South Dakota State University students were recently selected to serve as South Dakota dairy ambassadors according to Tracey Erickson, program coordinator and SDSU Extension Dairy field specialist.

“The South Dakota Dairy Ambassador Program is designed to build future dairy champions to promote the dairy community and give consumers an excellent dairy experience,” said Erickson.

The program is a collaborative effort of Midwest Dairy Association and SDSU Extension.

The five students selected to serve include: Sanne De Bruijn, Pollock; Dennisen Nelson, Lonsdale, Minn.; Jenna Van Wyk, Orange City, Iowa; Angel Kasper, Owatonna, Minn.; and Katelyn Groetesch, Albany, Minn.

During the year, South Dakota dairy ambassadors will participate in consumer communication training. They will share their knowledge of and passion for dairy with students and consumers through programs and events including: the Sioux Empire Fair, Dairy Days on various Farms, Dairy Fest, Ag Day at the Pavilion and the South Dakota State Fair.

Jenna Van Wyk is a sophomore majoring in dairy production with a minor in ag business. Van Wyk grew up near Orange City, Iowa, and has been involved in the dairy industry her whole life.

“I hope this experience provides me with the skills I need to communicate with professionals in the industry and the general public,” Van Wyk said.

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