Joining USDA after productive Dairy Judging and Purdue career

Tyler Marker

Hometown: Albion, IN
High school: Central Noble High School
Major: Agribusiness Management
Why did you come to Purdue: Top Ag School in the world and in-state
Coolest spot on campus: The Jedi Tower in Beering
Favorite spot in Lafayette: The Celery Bog Trail from my apartment to campus
Favorite local eatery: Little Mexico and McGraw’s Steakhouse
Best place to get coffee: Greyhouse
Favorite Purdue tradition: To soon to walk under the bell tower.
Five words to describe Purdue: Growing, Challenging, Big, Scary, Fun
Top five highlights of your career:

  • Interned as the genetic/breeding research intern with Whiteshire Hamroc
  • Traveled the United States with the Purdue Dairy Judging Team Competing and representing Purdue University (Harrisburg, PA, Madison, WI, Louisville, KY, Toronto, Canada and Fort Worth, TX)
  • Studied abroad in Italy (Parma, Florence and Rome)
  • Traveling to perform officer trainings for 4-H youth across the state of IN
  • Elected as the VP of Purdue Collegiate 4-H 

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: Attended more sporting events 
Places you have been as a Purdue student:

  • Traveled the United States with the Purdue Dairy Judging Team Competing and representing Purdue University (Harrisburg, PA, Madison, WI, Louisville, KY, Toronto, Canada and Fort Worth, TX)
  • Studied abroad in Italy (Parma, Florence and Rome) 

Favorite Company you interned for: Whiteshire Hamroc 
Beef, Pork, Chicken, Seafood: Beef (steak) 
John Deere, Case, New Holland, Caterpillar: John Deere (120%) 
Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota: (In Order) Dodge, Ford, Chevy, Toyota 
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall: Summer 
Planting, Growing, Harvest: Growing
Baby, Weaned, Market, Reproducing: Baby 
Favorite thing you like about Agriculture: The heart that is in the people along with the “get-things-done” attitude. Ag is a very rare and special industry. 
Where would you have gone to school if you couldn’t chose Purdue: Texas A&M (getting my MBA from there) 
Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Business Management (I love what I do) 
Favorite club/organization: Purdue Dairy Judging Team 
Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Purdue Gives 
Favorite Purdue event: Purdue Ag Week 
Favorite place to study: 2nd floor of Krannert
Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: Krannert 
Favorite spot on campus: The Periodicals “cave” in the Library of Stewart 
Favorite thing about AGEC: My wonderful advisor (LeeAnn Williams) 
Favorite thing about your major: It is a dual degree, business and agriculture
Favorite class: AGEC 430 (Agricultural and Food Business Strategy) 
Favorite professor: Dr. Downey (AGEC 331) 
Coolest project: Ready Set Sell (AGEC 331, Dr. Downey) 
Three biggest accomplishments:

  • Won Top Individual at the NAILE, Louisville, KY and Fort Worth International Dairy Judging Competition)
  • Was published for my research in my summer internship with Whiteshire Hamroc
  • Having 21 credit hours, two jobs and being highly involved in three clubs and on the Purdue Dairy Judging Team traveling every weekend and missing many classes for competitions and still managing to increase my GPA. I learned to work hard and get results. 

Things on your resume not listed above:

  • Transferred from IPFW in the Agriculture Transfer Program
  •  State FFA Winner in Extemporaneous Speaking Competition
  • IPFW Equestrian Team Champion 

Three words to describe you: Determined, Tough, Self-Starter 
What are you passionate for: Helping evolve the Ag industry into mainstream media, educate the public on Ag and enhance many Ag businesses in their business strategies and relations. 
What intrigues you about the Ag industry: It is the backbone of our existence 
What motivates you: Myself and the pressures I place on myself.
Favorite quote: “What defines us is not why we fall but how we rise from falling” – Eleanor Roosevelt 
Personal Motto: There’s nothing I can’t do. 
Accepted employment: NASS (USDA) as an Agricultural Statistician in Austin Texas 
Where do you want to end up: In politics for Agriculture in D.C. 
Advice for underclassman: Make friends fast to study with and work your way through classes and have fun, don’t take life so seriously, enjoy your time in college because it does fly by. It is okay not to know what you want to do with your life even when you are about to graduate, life has a funny way of putting us on the right track. Find what you are passionate about and have the talent for and you won’t go wrong. 
Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Never be afraid to fail, because it is when I failed that I learned the most.
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