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Growing up on a dairy farm in northern Wisconsin shaped Jill Lucht’s passion for sustainable agriculture. At CALS, she took advantage of opportunities to study and work with people from all around the world, traveling to Trinidad twice through UW programs. After obtaining her master’s degree from the University of Missouri, Lucht took a position there as a policy analyst on agricultural, food and rural policy, developing her ability to communicate between researchers, technical data analysts and the general public. In her current position with the University of Missouri’s Center for Health Policy, Lucht directs a project that utilizes Missouri’s Medicaid claims data to evaluate health care innovations and population health for the state and the academic research community. The data are used for everything from helping children and their families better manage asthma to evaluating the use of telemedicine in rural Missouri.