Rachel Stewart

Rachel Stewart

Rachel Stewart

Hometown: Newport, NE
Major: Agribusiness
Minor: Animal Science and Agribusiness Entrepreneurship
Graduation Date: December 2020

What is your story?

I've always been very passionate about agriculture. My parents both grew up in agriculture and my dad is a 5th generation rancher, so I've never really considered doing anything other than being involved in the ag industry. My cattle herd started when I was young when my parents gave me my first Red Angus heifer and from then, I kept calves from her every year and eventually used them as my SAE project in high school. My herd really grew then and Engler has given me many connections and tools to be the best entrepreneur I can be.

What is your business?

I have had a herd of Red Angus cattle that I had as an SAE project in FFA. My mission is to raise the highest quality of Red Angus cattle that excels in performance and soundness. I also want to create the most productive and fault-free herd that I possibly can.

Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?

Courtenay DeHoff - she labeled herself "Fancy Lady Cowgirl" and she is a TV host, public speaker, and podcast host. Courtenay uses her platforms to advocate for rural communities and I love that she combined her two passions to form a career she's very passionate about.

What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?

Network. A lot of the times, it's not what you know, it's who you know. I've been told this so many times throughout my life and it has held true. You never know when or how a person will be able to help you out.

What has been your favorite "Engler Experience" to date?

I've gone on two Engler Treks, one to Chicago and one to Oklahoma, and those were the two best Engler experiences I've had. I love traveling and we got to meet amazing entrepreneurs and I was able to become closer to other people in the program on the trips.

What has been the biggest hurdle or struggle you've dealt with in your entrepreneurial journey?

Being a female in a male-dominated industry is sometimes challenging because we are often overlooked and not taken seriously. However, I've found this to be motivation for me to learn more and work harder.

Rachel tending to her cattle
Rachel tending to her cattle
Rachel with her family