Editor’s note: This article is the next in a series of articles featuring the leaders of the Association of Women in Agriculture Benefit Corporation.

Networking is key. That’s the advice of Allyson Ingles to other young women in the agriculture industry.

A recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Ingles is a former member of the student chapter of the Association of Women in Agriculture. And she now is an alumni member of the Association of Women in Agriculture Benefit Corporation. She also serves as a co-chair for the organization’s programming committee.

Until having several networking opportunities in both organizations, Ingles said she never realized how important networking is. And she’s sharing that knowledge as a programming co-chair. Her most recent efforts have been helping to plan the Association of Women in Agriculture Day, which will be held Apr. 13 in Madison. The event is designed to help alumni and students build relationships as well as honor student members who, as Ingles said, “have gone above and beyond.”

Ingles graduated in May 2018 with a degree in animal science, with a science emphasis. She’s currently working as a veterinary-technician assistant in the large-animal hospital at the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Clinic. She works in the non-ambulatory emergency and surgery areas. She also helps fourth-year veterinary students learn about large-animal surgery and treatments.

And until recently she worked part-time as an assistant herd-health manager for Roger Manthe of DeForest, Wisconsin. She left the post after about 15 months to spend more time on dairy-calf research activities. She has conducted research at the UW-Veterinary Clinic on respiratory diseases and she’s applying for veterinary school.

“Ally is a go-getter and she makes working with her enjoyable,” Manthe said. “She’s the jalapeno in the soup. She did her job and she did it well.”

Theresa Ollivett, assistant professor at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, said, “Ally always brings a smile to work and finds humor in most situations, even when she’s tired and cold after a long day of working with calves in winter. Her positive nature and genuine interest in calf health and welfare rubs off and engages those working with her.”

Ingles grew up on a 100-head dairy-steer operation near Chaseburg, Wisconsin. She was a member of the Enterprise Eagles 4-H Club in Vernon County. She also was a member of the Westby FFA. While in college she participated in the Collegiate FFA, UW-Madison Chapter, Saddle and Sirloin Club, Badger Dairy Club and the Peer Learning Association. As a member of the latter organization, she tutored biology students.

Ingles said she’s science-oriented so she has appreciated the business perspective of the Association of Women in Agriculture Benefit Corporation.

“I’ve appreciated the professional tips from alumni about professional attire and how to conduct oneself in an interview,” she said. “Alumni members teach what they’ve gone through themselves.”

The Association of Women in Agriculture Benefit Corporation’s mission is to advance the education of women in agriculture. The organization also supports the student chapter of the Association of Women in Agriculture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Visit awamadison.org for more information.

Lynn Grooms writes about the diversity of agriculture, including the industry’s newest ideas, research and technologies as a staff reporter for Agri-View based in Wisconsin. Email lgrooms@madison.com to contact her.