I am currently the Public Information Specialist for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry. I work with a team of highly skilled customer service specialists, graphic designers, social media managers, photographers and videographers. My team direct team consists of seven individuals including the helpline supervisor and operators, the switchboard operator, the social media manager and an information specialist. My duties consist of editing content for publication disseminated to the public, editing social media content, content development, podcast/newsletter creation, video production and brand management for the division.
I studied at the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences where I received a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Agricultural Education and Communication specializing in communication and leadership development. My graduate research focused on Collegiate Millennial’s Perceptions of Locally Produced Beef.
Upon graduating high school, I served the Florida FFA Association as a state officer where I developed and improved my communications skills as well as my professional attitude. As a state officer I interacted with both students and other stakeholders of the association which influenced my ability to converse with officials and sponsors. As a state officer, I was able to immerse myself into Florida’s diverse agriculture industry and learn more about those who work within it. Not only will my communication skills be vital to my success, but my knowledge of the agriculture industry will be useful when conversing with the public as well as with those working within the industry.
In the past few years I have traveled to three different countres for various reasons, two of which were agriculture specific. In my senior year of high school
I participated in a German exchange program where I learned so much about adaptablility and self-reliance. My state officer year, I traveled to China where I learned all about their agriculture industry and actually got to see them practice their work. Last August I went to Peru with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Leadership Institute. While in Peru, I learned the importance of cultural diversity as well as various aspects of their agriculture industry.
During the summer of 2016, I interned for Buck Island Ranch located in Venus, Florida. To learn more about my adventures on BIR, check out my blog: Pearls & Spurs