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DALLAS, TX (Mar. 26, 2018)DMA Solutions is proud to announce that nine top performing students from Texas A&M University will attend the Viva Fresh Produce Expo in San Antonio, Texas April 6-7, 2018. As a part of the Aggies for Fresh scholarship, supported by Texas International Produce Association (TIPA), Dan’l Mackey Almy hand selected the nine students who have demonstrated a sincere desire to pursue a career in fresh produce.

The students selected are eager to learn more about what a role in fresh produce could look like for them following graduation – all are interested in an internship or full-time position following the show. Industry leaders will have an opportunity to meet with the students on the tradeshow floor as well as during the Aggies for Fresh reception, taking place Friday evening at 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm.

This year’s Viva Fresh scholarship recipients include:

Shelby Counter, Bachelor’s in Agribusiness (May 2018)
Jacob Jordan, Bachelor’s in Agricultural Leadership and Development (December 2018)
Maria Alejandra Ramirez Lopez, Master’s in Agribusiness (May 2019)
Chase Mayfield, Bachelor’s in Horticulture (May 2018)
Bridget Santana, Bachelor’s in Bioenvironmental Science (May 2019)
Jessica Schaffer, Bachelor’s in Agricultural Leadership and Development (May 2019)
Monica Swei, Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Business Honors (December 2019)
Cheyenne Upton, Bachelor’s in Agricultural Communications and Journalism (May 2019)
Claire Wilson, Bachelor’s in Agricultural Communications and Journalism (May 2018)

In addition, Aggies for Fresh is bringing Codie Wright, Sales Program Coordinator at Texas A&M University, who is passionate about bridging the gap between industry and academia. As a co-instructor in the sales program at A&M, Wright’s leadership in creating material that is setting students up for success in this industry following graduation makes her involvement in Aggies for Fresh invaluable.

“For the past two years, we have had the joy of mentoring and helping Aggies find their place in the fresh produce industry at the Viva Fresh Expo thanks to the support of TIPA,” said president and CEO of DMA Solutions, Inc. Dan’l Mackey Almy. “We believe that these students are the next generation of great minds who could really help shape the future of fresh – we’re hopeful to continue the success of placing students in this growing industry.”

Texas A&M University, being one of the largest Agricultural Science schools in the world, offers the fresh produce industry a tremendous talent pool. The university seeks to enable the students with the resources necessary to answer the grand challenges agriculture faces daily.

For more information about the nine scholarship attendees, please visit

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About Aggies for Fresh
Aggies for Fresh is a campaign created to recruit students from Texas A&M University to the industry that grows, ships, markets and sells fresh fruits and vegetables around the world on a daily basis. Industry champion Dan′l Mackey Almy ’94, her husband Andrew Almy ’94, and the DMA Solutions, Inc. team founded Aggies for Fresh in 2014 to inspire fellow Aggies to pursue a career in the fresh produce industry, and it’s been growing ever since. For more information about Aggies for Fresh, visit, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

About DMA Solutions, Inc.
DMA Solutions, Inc. is a niche marketing agency serving the fresh produce industry driven by a mission to increase demand that will ultimately inspire consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. DMA Solutions, Inc. works to help their fresh produce clients achieve business goals with measurable marketing strategies that reach both consumer and trade audiences. With a successful track record in fresh produce marketing, DMA Solutions, Inc. provides a full spectrum of marketing services with quantifiable results to fit each of their client’s individual needs. To learn more about DMA Solutions, Inc., the company’s work and its team of marketers, visit and the The Core blog, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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