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Ag Alumni in the Classroom - John Knapka '88 AN PR

Posted: February 3, 2013

"When I was in college, if someone told me what I'd be doing twenty years later for a career, I'd tell them they were crazy," says John Knapka, District Manager and representative of Elanco Health. He had never imagined that today he would have the responsibilities that he does in the animal health industry.
John Knapka, 1988 Animal Production

John Knapka, 1988 Animal Production

By Jena Sigel, Ag Alumni Relations Intern

The Food Business

I was honored to hear John Knapka present on his career path. Knapka a 1988 graduate in Animal Production was on the livestock judging team, a member of Block and Bridle and a member of the meat judging team during his college days. After graduating, Knapka managed a hog farm in Ohio and had several other positions exploring agronomy.

Giving advice to the class Knapka says, "you never know what you may end up doing, so take as much from your experiences with you into your future."

Making connections in another career with Atlantic Breeders and artificially inseminating cows, Knapka was introduced to genetics and the dairy industry. With networking opportunities he was able to transition into being a sales representative when two veterinarians approached him with an offer he couldn't pass up.

"From financing to sales and marketing, I have experienced a lot of different aspects in the agricultural industry," states Knapka.

Knapka encouraged the class to take our story in agriculture and tell it to everyone we know because we have the most unique and important story of them all -- education in a constantly changing world.