Logan Milligan: Dedicated to Agriculture
When it comes to tradition at the University of Minnesota Crookston, Ag Arama is one of the most longstanding. For more than 40 years, students have had an opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills in contests related to agriculture and natural resources. Overseeing this multifaceted event in 2018 was Logan Milligan, the Ag Arama president.
The senior from New York Mills, Minn., is an agricultural business major. He decided to attend the U of M Crookston after participating in Ag Activities Day and the FFA contests held on campus when he was a high school student. During one of his trips to campus, he enjoyed a visit with Lecturer Margot Rudstrom, his future advisor although he didn’t know it at the time.
Growing up on a farm, he has been showing livestock since he joined 4-H in his early teens. To say he loved it is something of an understatement for Milligan. If he misses anything about growing up on the farm, it is the daily work with animals and the opportunity to show.
“Showing livestock is based in family, we worked on our showmanship projects together,” Milligan says. “It also teaches you sportsmanship and you learn to accept the results even when they are less than you had hoped.”
In the future, Milligan hopes to work in sales, but he enjoyed Rudstrom’s grain and livestock class where students have an exercise using grain trading, balance sheets, market investments, and more. The class has him considering grain trading as a possible career. “I really enjoyed that class and even looked forward to the homework,” he smiles.
As a sophomore Milligan was president of Collegiate FFA and this spring traveled to Norfolk, Nebraska, to compete in livestock management and computer applications contests during North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture judging conference in late April.
His internship with Leaf River Ag Service based in Wadena, Minn., this summer will give him valuable experience. Never one to be idle, Milligan has been a student worker at the information desk, served as an AmericaReads tutor, and this spring worked in the agriculture department doing chores.
Perhaps the one thing Milligan is certain about is his desire to go back to the area where he grew up to work. He wants to go back to the lakes, back to the animals, and back to a life dedicated to agriculture.
The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 34 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 40 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online. These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology. With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree. "Small Campus. Big Degree." To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.
In the photos:
Top, right, Hannah Ruckheim, a junior majoring in ag education from Parkers Prairie, Minn., showing cattle at Ag Arama listens as Logan Milligan as he comments during the judging.
Bottom, left: Logan Milligan in the Kiehle Auditorium with the historic farming image on the mural behind him.