Local teen uses pageantry to advocate for agricultural issues

Laurel Mae Fogleman

CENTRE HALL — Laurel Fogleman, 15, of Centre Hall has been using her title as the 2018 Centre County Teen Miss United States Agriculture to raise awareness for agricultural issues facing the community.

With pressing times posing hardships on the dairy industry, Laurel is taking to social media platforms to advocate for the families affected by dairy product prices as well as the dwindling number of family owned agriculture operations.

Laurel raises her own livestock, doting on their genetic capability and quality.

She aspires to attend Penn State in the fall of 2020 to receive an undergraduate degree in Genetics while furthering her education to Law School to help protect and promote the communities involvement in Agriculture. As a previous representative of the Centre County Dairy Royalty Team and the Pennsylvania Ayrshire Royalty Team as well as being the owner of Ace-Ayr Show Stock, she has focused on mentoring younger kids in their development in 4H programs.

Placing runner up at the Pennsylvania Miss United States Agriculture Pageant has given Laurel the extra determination to inspire the public to support local farmers in their communities.