Destination Career: Recent graduate is a real team player
By Ariel Case
Photo provided by Hannah Brescher
Hannah Brescher, a 2008 agricultural communication and animal sciences graduate, is a communication program manager for the Indiana Soybean Alliance, which partners with the Indianapolis Colts in the Hoosier Horsepower scholarship program.
Hannah Brescher is quite a vocal fan of Dallas Clark, a tight end for the Indianapolis Colts.
"After a good play, my friends would always say, 'Hannah, there's your Dallas!'" said Brescher, who earned a bachelor's degree in animal sciences and agricultural communication from Purdue in 2008.
Brescher's work gives her even more reason to be a Dallas Clark fan. He's the official spokesperson for the Hoosier Horsepower program sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council where Brescher is a communication manager.
She sends out news releases to educate farmers and the public about the program.
For every catch Clark makes during the season, the Colts donate $100 to a scholarship fund for high school students on behalf of Indiana corn and soybean farmers.
Brescher started at ISA in November and was allowed to dive into projects right away. "I didn't get too much time to adjust and figure everything out," she said. "They just lit a fire under my tail and let me go."
Despite the pressure of learning on the job, Brescher thrived in her new career. "I've learned so much just by experiencing it and doing these projects with a blindfold on," she said.
Brescher's goal is to effectively communicate the importance of agriculture to the public.
"That means getting the correct information out there in the right way so that people who may not know a lot about agriculture respond in a positive way," she said. "Many people who think they know agriculture have never been on a farm to see what farmers do."
Like a team player, Brescher likes to share success with those she works with. "This program takes a lot of hands to get it accomplished, and I am just one of many hands helping to make it work," she said. "I am fortunate to get to work with many talented people who are very passionate about what they do every day."
Barry Delks, an undergraduate career coordinator at Purdue, is familiar with Brescher's skill and talent. When she was a student, Brescher worked on a publication for Delks.
"She took the initiative to develop a special project and created one of her first publications, a handout on careers in animal sciences and agricultural communication," he said. "She has a passion, enthusiasm and joy about her work and serving others."
Delks is pleased with Brescher's success because he helped her find this career. "It is a great joy to see her succeed in her career combining both agriculture and communications," he said.
ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans by promoting initiatives in biofuels, livestock, grain marketing, new uses, aquaculture and research. Brescher is part of that effort.
"Most of the projects being done by these initiatives need communication work doen for them in some shape or form," she said. "We have some really neat programs going on — especially ones geared toward high school and college students."
Brescher has not met Clark in person, but she shares a similar agricultural background to the Colts receiver who grew up in rural Iowa.
"I didn't grow up on a farm, but I grew up in a small town in a home surrounded by cornfields and cattle," Brescher said. "I helped my uncle Mark on his farm when I was younger."
Brescher threw straw for her uncle during the summers and learned how to work hard at an early age. "When you’re 13 years old and throwing 20- to 30-pound bales onto the back of a hay wagon and sweating non-stop for about five hours, it sure makes you appreciate farming," she said.