[WHERE SHE WORKS]
Hornstead Dairy in Brillion, Wisconsin
[WHAT SHE DOES]
Hailing from the land of green and gold and all things cheese, Amber Horn is a Land O’Lakes member-owner from Brillion, a small town in eastern Wisconsin. Her family’s Hornstead Dairy was established in 1863, making her the sixth generation, milking 1,000 cows and managing 1,500 acres of corn, alfalfa and wheat. Among her responsibilities: Herd management, the farm’s public relations and managing 15 employees (in addition to her four young boys).
In her "spare" time, Amber advocates for the dairy industry in a big way: serving as a representative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Dairy Research and Promotion Board and as a spokesperson for Dairy Management, Inc., and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy’s undeniably clever “Undeniably Dairy” campaign. Talk about doing it all.
But surprisingly, Amber’s career journey didn’t start on the farm. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, she worked in ag finance on the fifth-floor of a downtown St. Paul, Minnesota high-rise before realizing production agriculture was her true calling.
Being a woman in a traditionally male-dominated industry has given Amber a unique perspective on the misconceptions people have about women in ag. And, with her skills in public relations, she vehemently works to dispel those. For example, many people assume her husband runs the farm (he’s an electrician).
"I think it’s important to never assume things when walking onto a modern farm operation based on the gender of the one who greets you at the barn door," Amber says.
Above all, she strives to instill trust in farmers, help consumers better understand where their food comes from and support Land O’Lakes’ purpose to feed human progress.