Tera Baker, Three Oaks, Michigan, is the 2019 Robert H. Rumler Scholarship recipient. Tera is currently enrolled in the MBA Program at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan with an anticipated March 2020 graduation date.
“Growing up a farm kid, the best and only jobs I ever had were working with dirt and cows. I don’t ever want to be found relying on ‘the way it has always been done’ from my decision making but would rather fill my toolbox with extensive education and out of the box thought training to propel my circle of influence forward,” Baker states. “I often find myself pondering how I am so lucky to still work with cows, dirt and awesome people in the farming industry in my role as a sales manager. I know that I cannot rest on my laurels in order to continue to add value to our industry.”
Baker works to connect cutting edge feeding technology with farm level production. In 2016, she was promoted to the sales manager of livestock products for Topcon Agriculture Americas. With a passion for the dairy cow, she spends free time working on her family’s farm in Michigan and serves as an advisor to the Michigan Junior Holstein Association board of directors.
Baker was recognized as the 2018 Michigan Holstein Association’s Outstanding Young Breeder. She is a Class 10 graduate of the Holstein Foundation’s Young Dairy Leaders Institute. In 2012, Baker was honored as a Holstein Association USA National Distinguished Junior Member.
About the Award
The $3,000 scholarship was established in 1984 by Holstein Association USA, Inc. to encourage deserving and qualified individuals with a bachelor's degree in dairy production to obtain a master's degree in business administration.
This scholarship program honors former Executive Secretary Robert H. Rumler. He led the Association for 25 years and believed U.S. agribusiness needs and deserves the best trained, most highly qualified leaders the nation's educational system and practical experience can provide.
Holstein Association USA, Inc., www.holsteinusa.com, provides products and services to dairy producers to enhance genetics and improve profitability–ranging from registry processing to identification programs to consulting services.
The Association, headquartered in Brattleboro, Vt., maintains the records for Registered Holsteins® and represents approximately 30,000 members throughout the United States.