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Alice in Dairyland: Seasons of dairy love
Abigail Martin
Abigail Martin, 2019 Alice in Dairyland

Seasons may come and go, but my deep love for agriculture remains. This love stems from early memories spent on my family’s dairy farm, located on the north side of Rock County. Like 95% of the dairy farms in Wisconsin, our farm is family owned, and has been in our family for four generations. I am proud of my family’s dedication to the land, and to supplying safe, wholesome products to feed our communities.

Growing up on the farm, each new season brought a new adventure. Of all the seasons, summer is my favorite. Summer encompasses my birthday, my favorite holiday — the Fourth of July — and fair season.  I have been attending the Rock County 4-H Fair since I was 3 weeks old, but the summer I was 9 was a special one. This was the first year I could show my own calf at the county fair. My days that summer were filled with learning how to wash, feed and take care of my calf, Seven. Working with cattle growing up gave me a special inside look at the care farmers and ranchers give their herd. Wisconsin agriculturists work hard to provide a good life to the cattle that call their farm home.

For any farm kid, fall equals harvest season. This time of year, 13-year-old Abigail could be found riding in the tractor with her dad or helping feed calves while he continued in the field. If it were a Monday night, I would be heading to a meeting for the consolidated 4-H club or the Milton FFA chapter. Both of these organizations equipped me with life skills, a plethora of agricultural knowledge and forever friendships.

When I was 18, fall and winter brought a lot of change to my life. I moved from home to a 10-foot by 16-foot dorm room at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  A typical day that winter included an Animal Science 101 lecture, time spent in our on-campus dairy plant making cheese with our master cheesemaker and a club meeting for one of several agriculture clubs I enjoyed being active in. My days were packed full of agriculture learning, and cheese curd eating!

Each year, spring brings new opportunities for Wisconsin farmers to get out in the fields. Planters across the state are full of corn, snap beans, carrot seeds and more. Spring also brings the beginning of June Dairy Month!

 June has always been one of my favorite months, as it sheds light on my true passion: Wisconsin dairy. All month long, Wisconsin communities turn their attention to one of our signature industries. Together, we celebrate the passion and commitment of Wisconsin dairy farmers and processors. For information about June Dairy Month events near you, visit

No matter the season, agriculture is always a strong thread in my life, and I have no doubt all of the seasons in my future will be just the same.

Stay cheesy, Wisconsin!

—  Abigail Martin is the 72nd Alice in Dairyland, Wisconsin’s agriculture ambassador who works with media professionals to educate consumers about the importance of agriculture to Wisconsin’s economy and way of life.