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Lauren Adcock
The hard work, gratification, struggles, and many other lessons that play out in these leadership roles have shaped me into an individual who can achieve anything I put my mind to, hopefully leading to a successful career.

Profile: Lauren Adcock

Undergraduate Student

Driven to succeed, passionate about agriculture, and a never-ending work ethic are three phrases that describe Lauren Adcock, a senior in agricultural consumer economics.

Lauren was recently selected as the first Angus Ambassador and will spend the next year traveling to events such as the National Angus Conference and Tour in Wichita, Kan.; a Certified Angus Beef® Building Blocks Seminar in Wooster, Ohio; the Beef Improvement Federation in Oklahoma City, Okla.; the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Tampa Bay, Fla.; and the Guiding Outstanding Angus Leaders (GOAL) Conference in Canada. Lauren will have the opportunity to network with industry leaders and learn more about different facets of the industry and the Angus breed.

She showed her first Angus heifer at the age of 10 and the rest is history. Lauren became involved with the Illinois Junior Angus Association at a young age as a director on the board, and since has held the positions of treasurer, vice-president, and is the current president. Lauren also followed in her mother’s footsteps and served as the Illinois Angus Queen two years ago. When the opportunity to serve as the first Angus Ambassador came along, she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.

“The American Angus Association is like no other. The association strives to ensure its juniors are well rounded individuals because there is a life outside the show ring. I want to promote the breed that has given me so many opportunities and shaped me into a strong leader,” Lauren said.

She attributes her success to the life lessons she learned growing up in the agricultural industry that eventually led her to study finance in agribusiness in the College of ACES. She said her major seemed like the best of both worlds and fit her interests well. As a student and an involved leader in many organizations on campus, Lauren is making the most out of her experience in the College of ACES.

“The hard work, gratification, struggles, and many other lessons that play out in these leadership roles have shaped me into an individual who can achieve anything I put my mind to, hopefully leading to a successful career,” Lauren said.

After graduation, Lauren plans to attend graduate school in Texas. Once she has completed her master’s degree, she hopes to start a career with the Farm Credit System and work as an appraiser. This past summer, she was Farm Credit Mid America intern in Vincennes, Ind. Upon completion of her junior Angus career, she plans to join the American Angus Auxiliary, a group of hardworking women that seek to promote the breed while giving back to the association.