Editor's note: In honor of Agweek's 35th anniversary, this is part of a series of features planned for the coming months on people who seem poised to be a big part of the next 35 years of agriculture in the region. If you have a suggestion of someone who should be featured, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For many young girls in agriculture, becoming a species princess for their county can be a dream come true. From the sparkling crown to all the extra attention, the experience is often one they will never forget.
But for Lauren Servick, it turned out to be much more significant than just wearing a dazzling tiara.
“Growing up, I did not really see a career for myself in agriculture until I was a county dairy princess. Then I realized how much I enjoyed talking to people about what farmers do, and felt really fulfilled by it,” Servick said.
While Servick’s family farmed, she did not physically grow up on the farm. However, this did not stop her from doing her fair share of work there. Her family specializes in dairy and crop production.
“While I did not physically live on the farm, I still worked on the farm a lot. Especially as I got older,” Servick said.
An active 4-H and FFA member, Servick got a taste of what a career in agriculture could really look like. This helped her decide to major in agricultural education with a minor in animal sciences and mass communication.
Servick was extremely involved in college, part of various organizations such as Block and Bridle, an ag sorority, Ag Education club and Gopher Dairy club.
“Being so involved in college really helped me build my network and see what opportunities were out there in agriculture for me,” Servick said.
Following graduation in 2015, Servick took a position with IDEAg group, followed by a full-time position with the Minnesota Soybean Grower’s Association. She then took a job with Minnesota Pork Producers Association in 2017, where she still works today.
While she started off as the director of communications, she has recently taken on a new role, director of marketing and public policy engagement. Through this role, Servick has truly found not only her calling, but her passion.
“I have found my niche in finding a way to build people's understanding of ag and how important it is, while also working for farmers. It is an honor and privilege to work on behalf of farmers. I love doing work that I feel like really matters and can be impactful for the farmers, and maybe even make their lives a little easier,” Servick said.
Her duties include media relations, helping the overall image of the pork industry, telling the story of pork to those who are from non-ag backgrounds, helping people understand the pork industry and pork producers, and even taking people out to see their first hog barn.
“Sometimes I get to take people out to their first pig barn, which is really exciting. I really love that 'aha’ moment when talking to people and bringing them into a barn and watching them make connections with the farmers as people,” Servick said.
Servick has come to love serving farmers and watching rural communities, much like the one she grew up in, thrive.
“I have a definite soft spot for rural communities and what it was like growing up in one for me. I know how important farmers are to that fabric and that unique feeling of growing up there. It is rewarding to try to work for farmers and to make sure they can keep farming and for generation to generation,” Servick said.
While she is now far from that little girl in her princess sash, her wishes are still the same: to work in the industry she loves, while perhaps taking on a new venture in the future.
“I hope to stay really connected to production agriculture, especially the men and women in the industry and working on their behalf. Policy or communication, I do think this is my sweet spot. So, I hope to keep working here and doing work that matters. It would also be a dream to be involved in my family’s farm if it's possible down the road,” Servick said.