Ever since a young age, Tyler Kennedy always knew that he wanted to go to college. Growing up in a small farming community in Amherst, Wisconsin, Tyler has also always been involved with agriculture. Since middle school, Tyler had worked at Heartland Farms, a large potato and vegetable farm operation where he eventually
completed a youth apprenticeship during high school. Tyler served as Treasurer and then President of the Amherst FFA during high school, organizing various events to benefit his community, such as the FFA Food Stand at the Portage County Fair and fundraisers to provide assistance for homeless shelters and struggling farmers.
The WROF, Inc. is helping Tyler fulfill his goals of attending college, embarking on a career path in agriculture, and returning to Wisconsin to achieve his philanthropic wish of becoming a contributing community member. With support from the Mary Elvekrog WROF Board Scholar Award, Tyler is pursuing a degree in Agronomy at Iowa State University. Tyler
chose to attend Iowa State University for its reputation as being one of the best agriculture schools in the nation. So far, Tyler says that school is going very well. "I have adapted well to the dorm life and the classes that I am taking," says Tyler. He is grateful for the new friendships and endless opportunities he has gained by attending college. Tyler is currently a member of the Iowa State Agronomy Club and the Ducks Unlimited chapter. Tyler says that because of his new connections, he
obtained a job in the agronomy field. "I am really enjoying my time at Iowa State University and exploring endless opportunities that it has in the field of agriculture!" summarizes Tyler.
After graduation, Tyler plans to continue being a part of the farming community and return to Wisconsin as a Farm Manager. By developing his leadership skills, he hopes to contribute to his community by making a valuable difference. "Rural Wisconsin is a special place with endless opportunities and diversity," says Tyler. "Not only is it where I grew up and call home, but it is a beautiful landscape that I think everyone should experience."
Tyler is grateful for the support from the WROF, Inc. "This award is helping me to complete my education to be successful when I get my degree and add value to society," says Tyler.