“Welcome to the farm
Where you can roll your windows down
Baby, take my arm
Ain’t hearin’ nothin’ such a beautiful sound?”
Welcome to the farm! My name is Rachel Purdy, and I am from the Cowboy State of Wyoming. Specifically, my home town of Pine Bluffs is in the very southeastern corner of Wyoming. I am currently attending the University of Wyoming, and majoring in Agricultural Business. My goal after I graduate is to pursue work in agricultural policy or trade to protect the interests of the hard working farmers and ranchers of the United States.
A big part of my life is my family. I am proud to say I come from a fourth generation family farm. We raise hay, cattle, and a variety of different crops. I could not even begin to image how different my life would be without working on the farm with my family by my side. My older brother, Garrett, has chosen to come back to the farm to be the next generation. I could not be more proud of him.
I was fortunate enough to be a “farm kid” growing up. I learned love for the land and livestock from a very young age. My best friend growing up was a goat named Buck. I have been very blessed to have the pleasure of having horses in my life as well. My horses, Rapper and Kernel, are the lights of my life. They have taught me more about myself than I ever could have thought possible. I also am a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady. I found my cat, Kaya, orphaned as a tiny kitten in our barn. She is and always will be my baby.
My passion has always been agriculture. There is something special about the commitment and dedication agriculturalists have that makes me want to be involved in this industry. Within agriculture, I have always loved the beef community. Some of my best childhood memories involve riding in an old pickup with my dad to go check or feed the cows. I feel very honored and humbled with the opportunity to represent beef producers across the United States and to serve as a member of the 2015 National Beef Ambassador team.