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College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2331
Moscow, ID 83844-2331


College of 
Agricultural & Life Sciences
University of Idaho
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702
phone: (208) 334-2999
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Coeur d'Alene

College of 
Agricultural & Life Sciences
University of Idaho
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814-2277
phone: (208) 667-2588
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College of 
Agricultural & Life Sciences
University of Idaho
1776 Science Center Dr., Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho  83402
phone: (208) 282-7900
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Diana Graning with cows

Home is Where her Future Begins

Diana Graning has a clear goal when she graduates in December with a degree in animal science. She's heading home to Geisville, where her family roots reach back four generations.

The family-oriented community does not appear on most maps. The closest point on a map is nearby Keuterville, and the closest incorporated city to it is Cottonwood, Idaho.

The geographical tie for Diana reflects both her sense of place and the importance of family. It also underscores the ways the University of Idaho and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences helped her grow as an individual and allowed her to go home again with a career.

The career part took place both on campus and off. Classes and labs associated with them helped her learn animal science.

Off campus, she worked part-time for Primeland Cooperatives during semesters and worked summers at its stores in Cottonwood and Grangeville. She hopes to continue working for the major farm services company after graduation.

She also met her husband, Cody, while he attended the University of Idaho. Together, they are just about finished with a house they’re building in sight of her mother's house, which was built by Diana's great grandparents in the 1930s.

When she arrived on the Moscow campus as a freshman, Diana found that she loved the community she grew up in and wanted to return to it. She also learned that she wanted to expand her world through her education.

She decided to major in the animal science production option after spending her freshman year undecided about which aspect of animal and veterinary science she wanted to pursue.

"I was so skeptical, and I didn't know anything about what was going on. I had some very influential professors who helped me stay on track," she said. Among them were now-retired professors Richard Battaglia and John Miller and current department head Carl Hunt.

Diana Graning with cattle barn
"It was really easy for me to apply all of the stuff in my animal science classes because I grew up on a farm. But we also had all of these labs. They explained all of these things that maybe you never got explained at home."

"I liked these animal science classes. The first year they had so many labs that are hands on, and I really liked that. That probably clinched my staying here," she said.

It also helped that as an off-campus student, they helped her find a way to meet other students so she got involved with the Student Idaho Cattle Association her freshman year. Graning said, "I think that's really where I met a lot of my friends in addition to classes."

She served as vice president of the Student Idaho Cattle Association in her junior and senior years. "They were great learning experiences for me," she said.  

She also served as a College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Ambassador for two and a half years. "It definitely threw me into learning to time manage. I liked being really, really busy. I felt like I was actually doing something and making my day productive."

Ambassadors each travel to at least one high school per semester to offer presentations about the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. She traveled to Lind, Wash.; Joseph, Ore.; Hermiston, Ore.; Challis, Idaho; and Victor, Mont. She also attended the State FFA Convention in Twin Falls and to a career fair in Wilder, Idaho. "I've grown the most in the ambassador program instead of just flowing through college," she said.

She attended National Cattlemen's Beef Association annual meetings in San Antonio and in Denver, raising funds to help support a student contingent. To return a favor to the cattle producers who helped fund her travel, she presented a report about the meeting and issues discussed there to the Idaho – Lewis County Cattlemen’s Association. In turn the group elected her to its board of directors.

Her home community is tied mostly to grain and cattle production and her grandpa had a cow-calf operation. "It was really easy for me to apply all of the stuff in my animal science classes because I grew up on a farm. But we also had all of these labs. They explained all of these things that maybe you never got explained at home."

She closes out her college career with a clear view of many available options and an equally clear decision on where she wants to be.

"I've found I have so many opportunities at the University of Idaho. Sometimes I feel sad that I can't take advantage of all these opportunities like taking a job in the Midwest as a livestock nutritionist or work on one of these huge, huge ranches someplace else in the United States. But that's not where my family is and that's not where my heart is."