UMN Crookston Senior Tori Koch Finds Her Niche and Follows Her Dreams
Growing up with a farm family, one must advocate for the lifestyle and encourage consumer education. For Bemidji native and senior, Tori Koch, majoring in agricultural business with an animal science minor is the perfect fit. Koch’s experience as an active 4-H member and working on her family’s farm sparked her interest for agriculture as a future career. College took this curiosity one-step further, and mentors at the University of Minnesota Crookston have helped her shape her interest into knowledge and experience in the field of agricultural business and animal science.
Koch states, “Growing up on a dairy and beef farm, one must always be prepared to embrace change and innovation.”
This is exactly what she has done. Koch began her higher education at Bemidji State University studying nursing. She soon realized that her true passion was in her background of farming and caring for animals. In the back of her mind, she always had a mindset geared towards the agriculture industry, she just didn’t realize it yet.
She travelled to Crookston for a tour and confidently says, “The day I toured the University of Minnesota Crookston, I knew I wanted to stay.”
On campus, Koch is involved in a variety of things. She is the active president of the Animal Science Association, treasurer of the Crookston Student Association, Campus Rec intern for the Wellness Center and captain of the UMN Crookston Women’s Tennis team.
Outside of UMN Crookston, Koch is a member of the American Dairy Science Association and 2018 delegate at the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Leaders Conference. Koch looks forward to traveling to Orlando Florida for a three day AFA Technology Institute in March where she will continue to network and learn more about the future of agriculture.
Her opportunities do not stop there. With Koch’s love for travel and learning, she grabbed the opportunity to study abroad in France for three weeks in May 2018. She traveled with a group of students visiting a variety of farms and studying international agriculture.
Returning to the states, Koch started her summer internship at Autumnwood Farms in Forest Lake, Minn. Koch was responsible for assisting with all farm management duties, including milking 60 cows, calf chores, fencing, and much more. Looking forward, Koch dreams of combining her love of travelling, agriculture, and working with people into her lifestyle.
Today, as Koch sees graduation just over the horizon, she looks forward to extending her experience outside of the university setting to real world businesses.
About UMN Crookston
One of five campuses that comprise the University of Minnesota System, the University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 35 bachelor's degree programs and 25 minors on campus as well as 16 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. Visit www.umcrookston.edu.
The University of Minnesota System, with campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities, is driven by a singular vision of excellence. We are proud of our land-grant mission of world-class education, groundbreaking research, and community-engaged outreach, and we are unified in our drive to serve Minnesota.