An easterner in Nebraska? Can it be true? The fact is, Holt County Farm Bureau member Mallory Becker now calls Nebraska “home” and wants it to remain that way from here on out. Mallory grew up on a cow/calf farm in southwest Pennsylvania and after touring colleges in Oklahoma, Texas and Nebraska, decided the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was where she wanted to attend school, and western Nebraska was the future setting for her career in agriculture.
Mallory now works for Farm Credit Services in Grand Island as a financial officer and has a 30-pair cow/calf herd on rented pasture between O’Neill and Chambers. She says in the 8 ½ years she’s been here, a number of ranchers have taken her under their wing, showed her the ropes and become mentors for her, encouraging her to pursue her passion of being in the cattle business.
Mallory says one of the challenges she faces is overcoming stereotypes: she’s a female in a largely male-dominated industry, and she’s from the East Coast. But, she’s found her niche and has become engaged with two of her college friends who are now ag teachers. “I enjoy helping with their meat judging and livestock judging team, and speech team. I help kids understand that it’s not just a day off from school – it’s an extreme learning experience that can help them in college or in their career.”
A Nebraska Farm Bureau Leadership Academy graduate, Mallory believes that it’s her responsibility to educate the public about what it is she does every day. Listen more here.
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