Release Date: May 11, 2019
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Media Contact: Rick Hummell, Comminications Specialist
MONROE – Abigail Martin has been selected
as Wisconsin’s 72nd Alice in Dairyland. As Alice, Martin will work as a
communications professional for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade
and Consumer Protection. Her job will be to educate the public about the
importance of agriculture in Wisconsin.
Martin, of Milton, has a passion for all things Wisconsin: good
cheese, the Wisconsin Badgers, and her Wisconsin farm family. She is the fourth
generation on her family’s registered Holstein farm. It was there that she
found a love for dairy cattle, and long summer days at the county and state
fairs. Her interest in agriculture led her to pursue a degree in dairy science
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On campus, she was involved in the
Association of Women in Agriculture, Badger Dairy Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau,
and was on the intercollegiate dairy judging team. She has held previous roles
in marketing at the Rock County 4-H, East Central/ Select Sires, and the Babcock
Hall Dairy Store. Upon graduation in May 2018, she accepted a role with DeLaval
Inc. in their North American marketing and communications department.
“Being chosen as Alice in Dairyland is an extreme honor,” said
Martin. “As Alice, I will demonstrate a strong commitment to learning and
sharing about our great state and its robust agriculture industry.”
was selected at the culmination of three days of final interview events in Green
County. The events included agribusiness tours, speeches, a public
question-and-answer session and media interviews. The other candidates were: Sarah
Achenbach, Eastman; Cassandra Krull, Lake Mills; Mariah Martin, Brooklyn; and
Tess Zettle, Juda.
start working as Alice on June 3. She succeeds 71st Alice in
Dairyland Kaitlyn Riley, of Gays Mills. As Alice, Martin will travel upwards of
30,000 miles speaking at events and giving media interviews. She’ll also work
with the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin to educate children across the state about
dairy and agricultural products.
of other Wisconsin organizations contribute to making Alice in Dairyland
visible and recognizable to the public. For example, Martin will wear a custom
mink garment to promote Wisconsin’s fur industry, and she’ll drive an E-85
flex-fuel Ford Explorer to promote the state’s ethanol industry. While working,
Martin will wear a 14-carat gold and platinum brooch or tiara, both of which
feature amethysts and citrines, gems indigenous to Wisconsin.
schedule the 72nd Alice in Dairyland for an event or classroom visit, contact
Program Manager Ti Gauger at 608-224-5115 or Ti.Gauger@wisconsin.gov. Follow Alice online at facebook.com/DATCPAliceInDairyland or twitter.com/Alice_Dairyland.
download a photo of Martin, click here: Abigail Martin.