The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced Ashley Hagenow from Poynette as the newest Alice in Dairyland Saturday. She is the first Columbia County Alice in Dairyland since the role began in 1948. The Alice in Dairyland position serves as a full-time communications role for DATCP, focusing on agriculture in Wisconsin.
“To serve in the role of Alice in Dairyland is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as the official ambassador of Wisconsin’s abundant and diverse agriculture industry,” said Hagenow. “I have always loved connecting with others about agriculture, and Alice has the ability to connect with a wide variety of consumers to share more about this dynamic industry and the hardworking individuals who make it possible.”
Hagenow is set to start in July when the current Alice in Dairyland, Taylor Schaefer, steps down. She graduates this month from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s in agricultural communication and marketing. During college, Hagenow was involved in Agriculture Future of America, the National Agri-Marketing Association, the Gopher Dairy Club, and the University of Minnesota dairy challenge and dairy judging teams, and she was a state officer while active in Wisconsin FFA.
The other finalists for Alice in Dairyland were Shannon Lamb, Lydia Luebke, Jacquelyn Rosenbush, Charitee Seebecker and Jodie Weyland.