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Katie Burns

Class of 2017
From Coulterville, Illinois
Interned at USDA Rural Development; WYXY Classic 99.1; University of Illinois Agricultural Education Program, Student Worker; Growing Agriculture Science Teachers (GAST) at Sparta High School and Okawville High School

Katie grew up on a diversified crop and registered Polled Hereford operation. She shows Polled Hereford cattle at the local, state, and national levels. It is because of her passion for livestock that she attended Lake Land College and was a part of the livestock judging team. From these experiences, Katie decided to pursue a degree in Agriculture Leadership Education at the University of Illinois.

“Agriculture has always been such a huge part of my life and I wanted to find a program where I could combine my love for agriculture and educate the public about the agriculture industry,” says Katie. Katie has advocated for the industry across many different platforms. She has written articles for the Illinois FarmWeek publication and was a farm broadcaster during her summer internship at WYXY Classic 99.1. Katie says, “without my in-class knowledge and leadership studies, I would not have half of the opportunities that I do today.”

Outside of the Agriculture Education Program, Katie is actively involved in the Hoof and Horn Club as the recruitment chair and Sigma Alpha Professional Sorority where she serves as the Agriculture in the Classroom Chair and the senior class representative for judiciary board. She also was a successful member of the livestock judging team. At the American Royal, she was the 4th High Individual in Swine and the 9th High Individual Overall at the All-East Livestock Competition.

Katie’s advice to students is, “Don’t be afraid to get involved and step out of your comfort zone. Work hard and always follow your dreams.”