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Jill Makovec

Raised on a dairy farm in Muscoda, Wis., Makovec fulfilled a dream of many young dairywomen by becoming Wisconsin’s 60th Alice in Dairyland in 2007. She spent a year as the state’s most visible dairy ambassador, traveling more than 40,000 miles to promote Wisconsin’s food, fuel and fiber industries. Makovec, who has also worked with Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair committee and the Association of Women in Agriculture, ended her Odysseyan public-relations stint last May, but she remains tuned in to rural life as an account executive with Learfield Communications, representing the Wisconsin Radio and Brownfield Ag networks.