For most teenagers, winter break time means closing textbooks, sleeping in, and tuning out. For Andee Hammen, it has meant rising early and walking through the winter chill to help with her dad’s cattle operation. “Plenty to do when 150 cows calve out,” says Andee. “I’ve always loved baby animals, and I’ve been a cowgirl on the family farm as far back as I can remember.”
Andee’s show days at the fair are over, but she is still focused on agriculture. As an Iowa State University junior, she is majoring in agricultural communications and recently accepted an intern position at the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. On the ISU campus, Andee is a member of the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow club, and as a student ambassador, she helps with recruiting. At the CAST office, she helps with editorial support, event organization, and social media.
Andee is also interested in photography, with nature and animals as her main focus. With her experience and classes now centered on agriculture and journalism, she is confident about moving into some type of ag-centered profession. “My first choice would be an agency or publications group concerned with livestock production.” As the saying goes—you can take the girl off the farm, but you can’t take the livestock farm off of a cowgirl who loves working with animals.
by dan gogerty