Lara Staples joins Select Sires as a communications specialist and member liaison. She will be responsible for designing and producing materials to support Select Sires' brand image, dairy genetic product lines, sire summaries and other sales and marketing activities. Staples will also work closely with member cooperative communications and marketing staff to provide assistance. She will be based in the Plain City, Ohio office.
"Lara's industry experience, excellent communication skills and diverse skillset will add to an already dynamic communications team," says Shirley Kaltenbach, Select Sires Inc. director of communications. "Her leadership skills and desire to serve are a good fit for our cooperative and will assist our team in building our industry-leading brand image."
Staples is a 2014 graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in animal science and a minor in agricultural communication. While in college she was active in Alpha Zeta honorary fraternity, college ambassador team, Scarlet and Gray Ag Day Committee, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Buckeye Dairy Club and the dairy judging team. She served as the 2011 Ohio Fairs' Queen and state vice president for the Ohio FFA Association. Staples also participated in Ohio Farm Bureau's AgriPower Institute. She completed communications internships with World Wide Sires, Ltd. and American Dairy Association Mideast. Most recently, she was a farm sales specialist for Paul Hall and Associates.
"Select Sires sponsored and assisted with nearly every dairy judging event in which I participated in throughout my high school and collegiate years," says Staples. "These contests are what introduced me to agriculture, gave me a jump-start in animal science education and helped me develop my passion for the dairy industry. Now I have the incredible opportunity to give back to a company that has invested in me for many years. My hope is to help continue the legacy of investing in the future here at Select Sires and I am very excited to begin that journey. "
Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America's largest A.I. organization and is comprised of nine farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying dairy and beef producers with North America's best genetics at a reasonable price.