My name is Ali and I just joined the FarmHer team as their newest intern!
I am originally from the small town of Hartley in northwest Iowa. I grew up on our family farm where we grow corn, soybeans and brome grass hay, along with a farrow-to-finish swine operation. I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my roots and upbringing in agriculture. As a young girl, I loved to nurture and play with the newborn baby pigs, maybe a little too much to my dad’s liking. He didn’t quite understand why I wanted to wrap them in blankets and bounce them to keep them quiet. I pretty much treated them as I did my baby dolls. Along with spending time in the pig barns, I enjoyed spending endless hours in the tractor or combine with my dad. I could tell how passionate he was about our family farm through the endless hours of work he put in. Although I have always appreciated growing up in the agricultural industry, my true passion didn’t come until high school when I became further involved throughout FFA and 4-H. When thinking more about my future and what I wanted to do the rest of my life, I knew it had to include one of the biggest aspects of my life, agriculture.
Today, I am currently studying agricultural communications at Iowa State University and am enjoying all the opportunities and adventures that come with it. Throughout my college career, I have followed FarmHer from the start of Marji’s stunning photography, to a new television series on RFD-TV. I was thrilled when I received the offer to become their intern, because I knew the opportunities and experiences ahead would be endless. I’m looking forward to sharing the stories of all the amazing farmhers out there and having the ability to inspire and empower women in agriculture!