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College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Garrett Horton

Farm Credit Services

Garrett Horton

As a student who hated numbers through school, Garrett Horton, a Pavillion Wyoming native, is now the Remote Mobile Financial Officer for Farm Credit Services of America.

"In a nutshell I am agricultural banker, working for a financial cooperative that works out of his house," Horton said, "I provide a source of capital for farmers and ranchers in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming."

Horton graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in 2010 with an Agriculture Business degree, and a minor in Economics through the business college. While at the University, Horton was involved in the Ag. Business Club, the Meat’s judging team, and the Ag. Ambassadors.

"I also worked at the meat lab in the Animal Science building three out of my four years at UW. Even though that was technically just a job, I learned a lot in my time there," Horton said.

Horton now serves on the Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom board, as well as the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Advisory Board, and has recently become involved in the Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Committee. In his time away from being a Financial Officer, Horton runs cattle of his own on his family farm, and officiates high school wrestling.

With Horton’s success, he gives most of the credit to his parents, as well as the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

"My parents instilled a work ethic and set of values that gave me a foundation to be successful in everything I do," said Horton. "The College of Ag and Natural Resources further reinforced those skills and provided the technical knowledge to succeed in the Agricultural industry."

Horton also mentioned how the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ faculty is unmatched in the academic world.

Through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Horton received the National Western Stock Show Scholarship and the Ella Schlorette 4-H scholarship.

For the undergraduates that are approaching graduation, Horton strongly advises taking courses out of your comfort zone, taking advantage of the learning abroad opportunities and internships, and to keep your grades up.

"I know you can slide by with C’s and even the occasional D, but those do not reflect well in the working world," said Horton, "Potential employers are looking for dedicated hardworking candidates."

Horton plans on continuing his involvement in the production of agriculture. Through building himself financially, he hopes to go back to farming in some way and progressing in his role with Farm Credit Services of America, to serve the Ag. Community in the Big Horn Basin.


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