Tiffany grew up on a small family dairy farm in central Minnesota. During that time, she was very active in 4-H, FFA and competing as a dairy princess. In college, she studied Ag-Business minoring in communications and dairy science. After graduating from college in December 2014, she was selected as an IFYE to Finland in 2015, where she also attended the European IFYE conference.
Klaphake currently is employed at Central Lakes College where she is an agriculture program coordinator. Central Lakes College is a 2,000 acre research farm where they grow everything from corn and soybeans to sunflowers, raspberries, apples, grapes, and hazelnuts. Central Lakes College is also the host to the Agriculture Center of Excellence, AgCentric (http://agcentric.org/)
As an Agriculture Program Coordinator, she is the communications and marketing person,running the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. She also develops marketing flyers and advertisements for the various partners and magazines.
She continues to help on her parents’ dairy farm on weekends and free days from the college.
Since her IFYE experience in 2015, she has traveled to Costa Rica and Switzerland. Tiffany says, “Being an IFYE has made me more aware of the world around me and has shown me how we all are similar and yet different in our cultures.”
She looks forward to getting to know as many people as possible, being on the IFYE Board, and growing the IFYE program in the great USA.