Shane Robison of Ripley Offers a Glimpse into His Experience So Far as Oklahoma Dairy AmbassadorThu, 20 Sep 2018 11:06:26 CDT
During the Oklahoma State Fair this week, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn caught up with the sitting Oklahoma Dairy Ambassador Shane Robison, a sophomore in attendance at Oklahoma State University from Ripley, Okla. pursuing a double-major in Animal-Science and Agricultural Education. Robison talked about his experience so far serving as the Dairy Ambassador and how he hopes to use the role to advance the dairy industry agenda as well as his own future career in the industry as well. Listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
Having taken up the role as Dairy Ambassador only a few months ago, Robison says his time serving has already been eye-opening. When he is not attending classes in Stillwater, Robison says he can be found travelling around the state and beyond to meet with stakeholders helping to identify needs and concerns within the industry while also bridging the gap between producer and consumer.
“It’s been great. I love networking with people and the whole human relations side of it,” he said. “I’ve gotten to know a bunch of the farmers in the state already.”
Robison himself did not grow up on a dairy farm, though he worked on one all through high school. That connection eventually led to an opportunity at OSU to work on the University’s dairy farm, part of a work-study program that he says will help prepare him for a future in the dairy industry. He reports that he recently finished helping with a project to refurbish the farm’s milking parlor and says they are now in the process of installing an automated system as well.
“It’s really neat, because most kids in Oklahoma that come from a dairy don’t have a whole lot of technology integrated. So, with them being able to come onto the campus farm and experience that, it prepares them to go out and work on a larger operation with that technology.”
Robison’s post-graduation hopes include perhaps a stint in the educational arena, but longer-term to eventually own and operate his own dairy business. For now, though, he says he is concentrating on representing the industry in his current role and says he is focused on “recruiting some new life-long milk drinkers.”
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