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Source: Lallemand Animal Nutrition news release

MILWAUKEE -Feb 9th, 2024 - The Lallemand Forward Scholarship Committee awarded five scholarships to up-and-coming students and established scholars within agriculture. This is the nineth year scholarships were awarded -- investing a total of $123,500 since the fund was established.

"Reviewing the outstanding candidates for Forward scholarships is a highlight for our team each year," says Erin Carter, Marketing Manager for Lallemand Animal Nutrition, North America. "These scholarships represent our confidence in the future of these students. We're looking forward to seeing them in this industry for years to come."

The five students receiving scholarships are:

Lindsey Tarby, who is pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine from Texas A&M University

Chloe Hagen, a doctoral student at Iowa State University studying animal science

Madison Kindberg, a graduate student at the University of California, Davis pursuing a master's degree in animal biology

Dina Graves, a senior at Clemson University pursuing a degree in food science

Kylie Konyn, a junior at the University of Wisconsin - Madison working towards a degree in dairy science

Lindsey Tarby - DVM candidate recipient

Tarby is a third-year student in the veterinary medicine program at Texas A&M University. She was introduced to livestock through 4-H and FFA while showing goats, lambs and cattle in Princeton, Texas. Following her passion for animal science, Tarby completed her bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University in 2020. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she participated in a two-week study abroad in New Zealand through the university animal science department. In addition, she completed an internship at the Gardiner Angus Ranch in Ashland, Kan. Tarby returned to Kansas for an internship at the Gardiner Veterinary Center prior to
starting veterinary school. After graduation, Tarby plans to join a rural practice focusing on helping beef cattle producers maximize their animals' health and productivity.

Chloe Hagen - Ph.D. candidate recipient

As a second-year doctoral student, Hagen is eager to put her scientific knowledge to the test in an on-farm setting. She has multiple experiences in both academic and commercial
environments to help achieve her goal. Hagen completed undergraduate research training with the Applied Swine Nutrition group at Iowa State University. Plus, she completed internships at Christensen Farms, Carthage System and Cargill. Originally from Stockton, Iowa, Hagen had
no personal experience with swine before arriving at Iowa State University. She enjoyed physiology and swine science courses enough to pursue an advanced degree and career.
After graduation, Hagen hopes to serve as a technical nutritionist and enhance the sustainability of pork operations.

Madison Kindberg - M.S. candidate recipient

Kindberg is a first-generation college graduate and cattlewoman. She grew up around livestock in Escalon, Calif., and volunteered with a large-animal veterinarian. In high school, she began her own commercial cow-calf operation that has expanded into cattle and hay production. As
an undergraduate at the University of California, Davis, she completed internships with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the California Cattlemen's Association. Kindberg is currently a master's degree candidate in the Animal Biology Graduate Group with Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., at the University of California, Davis. Her applied research will aid the beef industry in meeting the demands for quality, sustainably raised beef. Kindberg plans to continue her education while pursuing a doctoral degree in the Mitloehner Lab.

Dina Graves - B.S. candidate recipient
Originally from Glenview, Ill., Graves is pursuing a degree in food science with a minor in microbiology from Clemson University. She is passionate about creating nutritious and
delicious foods that are sustainable and affordable for everyone. Graves' interest in agriculture originates from watching her grandparents, who are grain farmers in the Midwest. After graduation, she plans to work at Fairlife, LLC, on the research and development team where she is excited to contribute directly to the food system.

Kylie Konyn - B.S. candidate recipient

Konyn's family dairy is the last remaining farm in San Diego, Calif. She grew up caring for calves, assisting with veterinary checks, performing embryo transfers and other hands-on tasks. This background led her to pursue a degree in dairy science with a minor in ag business and science communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In just two years, Konyn worked as an undergraduate research assistant for Heather White, Ph.D., and interned with Cargill Animal Nutrition in 2022. After graduation, Konyn plans to pursue a doctorate in dairy cattle nutrition.

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