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New Hire Katherine Nissen, Accelerated Genetics

Published on 17 December 2015

Katherine Nissen

Katherine Nissen
GEM Coordinator
Accelerated Genetics
Baraboo, Wisconsin



What education are you bringing with you to this position?
I graduated from California State University – Stanislaus with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural studies focusing on business and economics, as well as a minor in speech communications. I also have my associate degrees in dairy science and agriculture business from Modesto Junior College.

Please describe your agricultural background.
I grew up on my family’s 550-cow dairy farm in Escalon, California, and was involved in many of the day-to-day operations on the farm. I have also been a part of several dairy organizations, such as the California Milk Advisory Board, Western United Dairymen and the Holstein Association. While in college, I was also involved in the CSU Stanislaus Ag Ambassadors and the MJC Young Farmers and MJC Dairy Club.

What territory will you cover?
I will be based out of the administrative headquarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and will be working with dairy producers across the country and internationally.

What are your new responsibilities?
I will be responsible for the management of Accelerated Genetics’ mating programs and conducting genetic audits.

What previous positions have you held?
Previously, I was a dairy cattle evaluator and sales rep for another A.I. organization.


Who has made the biggest impact on your career?
My parents have had the biggest impact on my career. They have taught me the values of hard work and determination from a young age. They have also always been there to support me in what I want to do.

How will you be of most help to producers in your region or area of expertise?
I will help producers to continue making genetic advancements in their herd through sire selection and help them to produce the cows that will be most profitable for their operation and milk market.

Why did you choose this company?
One of the reasons I chose Accelerated Genetics is because of their vision “to be the producer’s trusted first choice.” The company places key emphasis on its customers, listening to their needs, and I feel that is an important part of the organization.

What goals would you like to accomplish while in this position?
My goal is to be a valuable part of the team and to help producers with creating the profitable cow for their operation.  PD