As the agricultural industry continues to change with the times, so does the state’s agricultural ambassador program. Jayne Krull, director of the Division of Agricultural Development at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, says there will be two new changes made to the Alice in Dairyland program starting this year.
During last weekend’s Alice in Dairyland finale, which was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Krull said the term of all new Alices going forward will begin in July instead of June.
“We’re changing the cycle so that the current, more seasoned Alice will concluded her term during June Dairy Month and thus ending on a high note,” Krull said. “The finals process will still be held in May, but the incoming Alice will begin her duties a little later.”
The second change would allow all Alice in Dairyland finalists to be credentialed for their training and preparation efforts.
“Anyone who applies for Alice can tell you it’s one of the hardest job interview processes around,” Krull noted. “They all learn valuable skills which will help them in the future. So going forward, all finalists will be recognized for completing an agricultural marketing and communications certification program, which will also help them on their resumes.”
As part of the certification process, each of this year’s finalists have gone through weekly learning modules that taught them skills ranging from dealing with the media to effective public speaking.