Interned at Growing Agriculture Science Teachers (GAST); Illinois Pork Producers Association
Brooke Haag always knew she wanted to work with youth. Although she grew up on a hog and grain farm, it wasn't until she became involved with high school agriculture that her passion for agriculture took off. "From then on," she said, "I knew that I wanted to be able to help others find that same passion for agriculture in themselves, and educating others about the industry is the best way for me to do that."
Brooke started her collegiate studies at Joliet Junior College, where she was involved in the Student Agriculture Association and with PAS (Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization). In high school, she showed pigs and sheep at both the county and state levels. She enjoys reading, boating, traveling, and has recently developed a love for chicken farming. She served as the Illinois Pork Ambassador in 2016, where she worked with producers, promoted pork at a variety of events, and ran the Birthing Center at the Illinois State Fair. Now that she's at the University of Illinois, Brooke said she enjoys getting to know people in her major. "It is such a diverse group of individuals from a variety of backgrounds," she said. "It's interesting to bring all of those different perspectives together." She is involved in the Sigma Alpha professional sorority and Ag Ed Club. Brooke's advice for students is: "work hard and be passionate about what you do."