Alumni Spotlight: Jamie Halfmann
Friday, May 14, 2021
Get to Know Jamie!
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
"I grew up near Enid, Oklahoma where the agricultural industry was always a part of my day-to-day life. Being involved in organizations like 4-H and FFA allowed me to develop leadership skills, public speaking skills, and a sense of responsibility and humility. As a 3rd generation Oklahoma State Cowboy who was interested in a variety of potential career paths, I chose to double major in Agricultural Communications and Agribusiness. I held an internship with Dow AgroSciences, now Corteva Agriscience, prior to my senior year within their commercial sales business unit which then turned into a full-time career. Since with the company, I've supported the Pasture and Land Management business as a territory manager in multiple states including Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas and currently west Texas. My husband and I live in Garden City, Texas where he farms cotton and raises show goats alongside his brother."
What is your favorite part of your job?
"I have the opportunity to interact with ranchers and livestock producers daily, helping to obtain their goal of increasing forage production in their pastures. My favorite thing about my job and the agricultural industry as a whole is seeing generations of farmers and ranchers do all they can to steward the land leaving it better than they originally found it. The products I have the opportunity to support are just a small piece to an extremely large puzzle in helping ranchers produce higher quality, more sustainable beef.
I also appreciate my job in the fact that no two days ever look the same. Whether it's identifying weeds and brush in pastures, assisting in marketing material creation, presenting at producer meetings, or strategic business planning, my role as territory manager allows me to diversify my skill set every day. In the pasture and land management business we not only focus heavily on providing solutions to the cattle rancher, but also to the wildlife management business. As I have the opportunity to meet a variety of people across the state and country, it never ceases to amaze me the resiliency, determination and humility those in the agricultural industry possess."
How has your agricultural communications degree served you in your career?
"The skills and applicable knowledge I learned throughout my time as an agricultural communications student have allowed me to contribute unique qualities to my team members and customers. I've most recently served as a communications lead for our district sales group which enables me to assist my team in brainstorming, creating and implementing strategic marketing tactics within their territories. Although my day to day responsibilities are not always communications focused, I find myself regularly implementing what I learned through my degree program allowing me to be a better asset to my company and serve my customers in a unique way."