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For some, finding time to balance a full-time job, family, friends and a personal life can feel like a daunting task. On top of an already busy and bustling life, deciding to go back to school full-time while juggling all these aspects of life is not for the faint of heart. But for Emily Paul, the added challenge is worth it.
“This fall I decided to come back to school full-time, while working full-time. I am currently working towards a bachelors of science in ag business from Colorado State University. Being able to provide more skills to the company, our customers and my teammates are some of the main reasons I decided to further my education. The whole aspect of realizing that we are learning something everyday, and I do not want to just quit learning. I want to make sure that I can help the company grow and evolve by increasing the knowledge that I have in the industry. You could say I am a little busy,” Paul said.
Paul, having already earned her associates of applied science in agriculture industry and technology from Bismarck State College in 2013, has used her knowledge and strength to play an important role in Pulse USA as the sales and product development director.
“I manage our sales department, handle all of our marketing and also do all of our purchasing.
We’re on an exciting edge with how our society has decided to pay more attention to the environment, what we are doing with it and how we are producing that food within it. I am excited to be a part of it through my role,” Paul said.
Paul grew up on a farm just outside Rugby, N.D. It was there that the passion for agriculture was planted and cultivated.
“Living on the farm and being around the operation my whole life I just really enjoyed everything that agriculture stands for. I have always had a passion for the industry because I grew up around it, mostly because I had such a deep appreciation for where our food comes from and the work that goes into it,” Paul said.
Paul is dedicated to the agriculture industry, by being a part of many agricultural organizations such as FFA Alumni Association, North Dakota Farm Bureau and a member of a nonprofit that has created a farm to fork event. She also shows her commitment to the industry by her dedication to continue growing and learning about the industry.
“At the end of the day, I want to make sure we are doing things for the betterment of farmers and continuing to learn alongside farmers, researchers, and everyone within the industry to make sure that while working together to achieve goals,” Paul said.