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Alumni Spotlight: Alexis Stine

A Dallas County 4-H Alumni is representing Iowa 4-H well in her duties as the 2020 Iowa Miss United States Agriculture.

Alexis Stine was a member of the Dallas County Aggies and Dallas County Saddlelites 4-H clubs. In her time as a 4-H’er she enjoyed showing her horse and rabbit- always with a fondness for the showmanship class.

“Showmanship was one of my favorite classes out of all my animals that I brought to the fair because it gave me a chance to show how much I had learned about my animal and the amount of dedication we had to our project.”


           The lessons of animal husbandry and record keeping that she learned through 4-H propelled her into her education at Iowa State University. Stine is currently a junior studying Animal Science and minoring in Agricultural Business.

However, Stine’s drive to advocate for the agriculture industry did not stop in Ames. She represented Story County in 2019 as the Story County Miss United States Agriculture. “The Miss United States Agriculture program is an advocacy program to teach and enhance the American agricultural story,” said Stine. With the motto, “Teach. Inspire. Advocate.”, this program gives support and confidence to the participating queens so they can advocate more effectively and professionally.

            Stine takes pride in volunteering, teaching others, and supporting all parts of the agriculture industry. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of animal husbandry to others and advocating for all aspects of agriculture.

As the 2020 Iowa Miss United States Agriculture, Stine is “Growing the Next Generation” of agricultural minds by expanding agricultural education to children and their families, and promoting the way our food is grown. During her reign, Stine plans to volunteer and stay involved in local classrooms and fairs around the state. She enjoys helping youth discover new aspects about agriculture and she plans to continue nurturing young minds in the future. Stine will compete at the National Miss United State Agriculture Pageant in June 2020, in Orlando, Florida.

Stine’s strong work ethic and heart for community service was cultivated in her time as a 4-H’er. “I personally credit so much of my personal growth to 4-H because of what it teaches and prepares us for as young kids!” said Stine.

 “4-H provides so much more than just agricultural experience, and while that is still incredibly important, the amount of life skills that come out of a 4-H project is second to none. We learn so much about responsibility, planning, and organization through the 4-H program at a level that can prepare us for any future endeavor we find ourselves in.”

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