Focus on Alumni: Agribusiness Grad Isabella Haen
The 21-year-old has emerged as an agriculture leader while caring for 7,200 farm animals.
What first brought you to FVTC?
My older sister attended Fox Valley Tech in the Agribusiness program and always talked about how much she loved the staff and environment. While attending Luxemburg-Casco High School, our Ag teacher would bring us to the Tech for tours. I instantly liked the facility and all the technology.
What did you enjoy most at FVTC?
The agriculture instructors make education manageable and enjoyable. They’re always there to answer questions. I also enjoyed the hands-on learning, working in fields and touring many farms, big and small, with all kinds of innovation.
Why are your skills so valued in the workplace?
I knew how to work with animals, but a college education furthered my knowledge of animal nutrition, vaccination protocols, proper measures to treat a sick animal and computer skills. One great resource at the college is a large cow model to practice calf birthing. Thanks to Fox Valley Tech, I understand what it takes to get the job done every day on the farm.
Describe unique traits women bring to the industry.
I work with a team of strong-willed and hard-working women at Kinnard Farms in Kewaunee County. We are inspired to adopt new ideas and change methods. Women pay attention to detail, which helps around the barn. Our passion is sharing the results we produce, like seeing a new calf enter the world in good health.
Fairest of the Fairs
Each year, the Wisconsin Association of Fairs selects the prestigious Fairest of the Fairs. The winner spends time at county, district and state fairs promoting the importance of the agriculture industry.
Isabella Haen is the 2018 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs from a pool of 36 candidates.