Yes, they catch their share of grief from the media, Boomers and X-ers alike, but the Millennials are our future. Meet the twenty-somethings (or core Millennials) from the Forage Lab. Playing against stereotype, they aren't in it for participation trophies, they're in it to win it! They're bright, enthusiastic and eager to learn. All are positioning themselves for leadership roles in the future. It's up to us as we slowly begin to transition out of the workforce to provide them with the tools and opportunities to succeed. Given that, our future is in great hands!
Listed below and pictured above with name, education, position and main responsibilities.
Back row, Left to Right:
Erin Neno: AS General Studies; Special Services Technician; TFA, fat-ether extraction, fat-acid hydrolysis, VFA, Starch, WSC, ESC, ash, urea, pH.
Annelise Bay: BS Biology; Minerals Technician; chlorides, mineral prep, ICP operator, water analyses.
Savannah Dittmeyer: AAS Chemical Technology, AS in Mathematics & Science; Fiber Technician; ADF, NDF, lignin, CF, in vitro analyses. Bonus - she began her career in the Soils Lab and is an ICP operator.
Kaethe Leonard: BS Biochemistry; Asst. NIR Network Administrator; leads daily NIR production, learning calibration development and NIR Network management.
Front row, Left to Right
Valerie Dalton: BS Biomolecular Science, BS Chemistry; Assoc. NIR Network Administrator; lead contact for new NIR Affiliate Labs, NIR Network management and support, NIR calibration development and support.
Megan Wheeler: BT Agricultural Business; Customer Support; phone support, data entry and manages our Equi-analytical service. Bonus - she began her career as a Minerals Technician.
Sarah Fessenden: BS Animal Science, PAS; Sales and Tech Support Specialist; sells and promotes Forage/Soil analyses in person, at conferences and through social media. Assists customers with technical questions and utilizing their forage analyses. Participates in the development and roll out of new services.