I am from the Gainesville/Ocala, FL area and I realized that I wanted to work in agriculture at a young age while working on our family’s 850 acre peanut farm in Marion County. I completed my B.S. in Plant Science specializing in Agronomy at UF in 2013. While working on my undergraduate degree I had the opportunity to work in agricultural research across a wide array of disciplines. These experiences led me to complete an M.S. in Agronomy at UF in 2015 researching peanut management practices and maturity. While trying to decide what to do after the completion of my master’s program I discovered the DPM program and realized that it seemed to be a perfect fit for my career goals. The hands on interdisciplinary approach that the DPM program provides is exactly what I need to gain further practical plant health knowledge and to be able to help growers solve the problems they face on a daily basis. I am particularly interested in expanding my knowledge of plant pathology and entomology. The DPM program will help me achieve my goals of operating our family farm, becoming a crop consultant, and helping growers solve their crop production challenges.