Halei Heinzel named Wisconsin’s 77th Alice in Dairyland

A woman who grew up off the farm but became very active in FFA has been chosen as the 77th Alice in Dairyland.  Halei Heinzel was selected from the six top candidates.  She tells Brownfield that in her high school junior year, FFA experience showed her the many possible careers in agriculture. “With 12% of our careers in Wisconsin being based in agriculture, it’s absolutely out there for everyone.”

Heinzel will work with current Alice in Dairyland Ashley Hagenow until the first week in July after wrapping up college this week. “I’m also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Farm and Industry Short Course program. I’ll be graduating from UW-Madison with a degree in Life Sciences Communication next weekend.”

Heinzel says she’s ready to promote Wisconsin agriculture over the next year. “I’m really looking forward to learning about the diversity of our agriculture industry in Wisconsin. I’m looking forward to traveling across the state and learning more and sharing the passion of our state’s producers and farmers.”

Heinzel is from Oconomowoc.  She was selected from the six top candidates during a ceremony Saturday evening in Sturgeon Bay.

Alice in Dairyland is a one-year full-time communications position within the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection and is supported by several of the state’s agricultural organizations.

AUDIO: Halei Heinzel, Wisconsin’s 77th Alice in Dairyland discusses what she’s looking forward to after being selected May 4th.

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