Shelby Utech

Shelby Utech

Beaumont Events Center and Concert Hall
Shelby Utech

Shelby Utech

Hometown: Hubbard, Neb.
Major: Ag Economics
Minor: Engler Entrepreneurship and Beef Scholars
Graduation Date: May 2020

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What is your story?

I was raised on a farm near Hubbard, Nebraska where we raise corn, soybeans, and cattle. I attended Emerson-Hubbard high school where I was involved in everything the school and community had to offer. Most importantly I was involved in 4-H and FFA. Before I was involved in FFA, I knew the production side of agriculture, but FFA taught me the capacity of opportunity in the industry. I then knew I wanted to pursue a career in agriculture. It wasn't until I met Tom Field that I knew I wanted to be an Engler Entrepreneur as well as an economist.

What is your business?

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Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?

I would say my biggest hero is my grandpa, Milo Birkley. His passion for agriculture allowed him to be the successful farmer that he is, and without him I do not know where I would be.

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

The most important thing you can do is figure out what you're passionate about.

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

I would definitely say the biggest hurdle we have had so far is our low supply of money.

Shelby Utech
Shelby Utech
Shelby Utech