Agriculture is deeply interwoven into the fabric of Susan’s life. She’s a third generation farmer who grew up working with livestock daily and in order to understand the meaning of family business. Agriculture is also the centerpiece of her formal career. Not only does she work alongside her husband everyday, she is also a professor of Agribusiness. Her teaching emphasizes hands-on experience and understanding of the evolution of farming. She takes learning far beyond the classroom, taking her students to Panama, the Caribbean, and the Dominican Republic to learn agriculture of different cultures and climates.
When she is not helping farm, or teaching the next generation of farmers, she is actively involved in leadership roles within the community. Within Knox County, Indiana, she volunteers on the county hospital board, served as a trustee of the church, and taught a course on the history and leadership in her local county. Perhaps her largest direct contribution to agriculture is her involvement with Ag Day, an annual event to educate community members on all that farming in Knox County has to offer.