I have had the goal of obtaining a doctorate degree in agriculture for several years. After completing my MPPPM degree from UGA, I started looking at different Doctorate programs to determine which would best suit my future goals/plans. After speaking with Dr. Hodges concerning the DPM program, I knew this was what I wanted to do. The flexibility allowed by the DPM program to not only obtain the degree but to also continue my career with FMC was definitely the deciding factor on me choosing the University of Florida. Growing up in South Georgia and being around agriculture my whole life, it was an easy decision to base my educational goals around agriculture. Since I am very interested in all the different facets of the DPM degree, this was an excellent opportunity for me to finally achieve a degree that will expand my knowledge in agriculture and give me the expertise to excel in my career.