Spring 2017 Editors

Kellianne Mitchell and Rachel Dotson, Corner Post managing editors

Kellianne Mitchell

Hello! My name is Kellianne Mitchell and I’m returning to the CAFNR Corner Post staff for the Spring 2017 semester as an editor! I was a writer for Corner Post my first semester of my freshman year of college (Fall 2014) and I’m excited to be back!

I was born and raised in Troy, Missouri, and still have very close ties to my hometown. Coming from a rural town, agriculture is something I have been around my entire life. My family own a row-crop and beef cattle operation, and whenever I had the chance, I always took agricultural science courses during middle and high school. I also am a horse enthusiast, growing up riding, training and showing Quarter Horses since I could walk. Currently, I have one horse and my main passion (besides agriculture) is barrel racing. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends at home, hunting and riding my horse among many other things.

I have been involved in 4-H and FFA my entire life, although FFA was where I focused most of my time in high school. It was through FFA in high school that I discovered my passion for the agricultural industry. In college, I am a CAFNR Ambassador where I talk to prospective students about the great things not only about Mizzou, but the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

I will be graduating in August of 2017 with a degree in science and agricultural journalism and a minor in agricultural economics. I also have an emphasis area of study in marketing and strategic communications. It is bittersweet knowing my time at MU is coming to an end, but I am excited to start my professional career upon graduation with a job at Monsanto! I plan to make the most of my last semester here at the university and enjoy my time as a part of the CAFNR Corner Post staff!

Rachel Dotson

Hello! My name is Rachel Dotson, and I am a senior majoring in science and agricultural journalism. I grew up in Hamilton, Missouri, which is a small town in the northwest part of the state.

Growing up, I was actively involved in 4-H and FFA. I would have to credit these organizations for helping me become the person I am today. However, I have always held the swine industry close to my heart. My family has been raising and showing pigs since 1973. Since I was 8 years old I have shown pigs at the local, state and national level.

As a swine enthusiast, the only magazine I read growing up was the Seedstock EDGE, which is a publication produced by the National Swine Registry. This past summer I fulfilled a goal of becoming an intern for the NSR, and wrote feature stories published in the Seedstock EDGE. Last fall I was a reporter for the Columbia Missourian, and I am currently the communications intern for the University of Missouri Office of Registrar.

I recently accepted a communications internship for this summer with the National Pork Producers Council in Washington, D.C. I am looking forward to helping give America’s 60,000 pork producers a voice while I explore D.C.