Spotlight: Neogen’s Andi Branstetter recognized as being one of the dairy best

Neogen's Andi Branstetter talks to kids about dairy cows.

The wise words of a fellow Neogen employee sum up Lexington’s Andi Branstetter perfectly: “She’s got stuff to do.”

Andi’s dedication to her stuff, which includes working as Neogen’s marketing manager for beef and dairy products, helping run her family’s dairy farm, showing cattle, and promoting dairy education, was recognized in a Farm World article published March 15.

The article (read it here) followed a previous story written a few years ago. Andi received a call “out of the blue” from Farm World writer Bob Riggs earlier this year to follow up on the original piece on dairy exhibits at the Kentucky State Fair, where he interviewed Andi.

“I’m a big proponent of agricultural education and I just have a passion for agriculture in general,” Andi said. “Anytime somebody wants to talk to me about my farm or what we’re doing or my life, I’m always willing to share my thoughts and views. It’s not so much about me, it’s about agriculture.”

For Andi, sharing her story is especially meaningful when she talks to people who have never been to a farm — a number that’s increasing.

“Fewer than 2 percent of people these days have grown up on a farm,” Andi said. “The farther away people get from a farm, the less they understand about the food growing process and the harvesting process.”

Prior to working at Neogen, Andi worked in Georgia where she would take cows to schools and show kids how to milk. She was shocked that many of the kids didn’t know milk came from cows. Instead, she said, they thought it just appeared at the grocery store.

In addition to Andi’s current and past work, the article highlights her completion of the Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program in 2011. The program, which began in 2010 and lasted 18 months, focuses on leadership skills for those in agribusiness. At the end of the course, Andi was elected alumni director for her group.

The article quotes Dr. William Snell of the University of Kentucky Department of Agricultural Economics, codirector of the program, who extolled Andi’s passion for agriculture.

Seeing his quote in the article was a wonderful surprise, Andi said.

“That was pretty neat,” Andi said. “I’m very proud to be a part of such a prestigious program for agricultural leaders.”

To read the article, click here.

To read about Andi’s first appearance in Farm World, click here.

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