Agriculture’s story needs to be told, and Chris Chinn is eager to tell it. She is an advocate for agriculture, speaking on behalf of agriculturists across the state and country.
On top of informing people about agriculture, Chinn is also a mother, wife and hog farmer from northeast Missouri. Some would call Chinn superwoman, as most know, none of her jobs are simple.
“She is speaking across the nation and on top of that runs a family farm,” said Kristin Perry, executive director of Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow. “That’s why she is one of the gems of Missouri agriculture.”
Chinn may come from a small town, but her voice in agriculture is far from small.
“Mrs. Chinn does a really good job of talking about agriculture in general, but an even better job talking about her farm and family in particular,” said Blake Hurst, president of Missouri Farm Bureau.
Chinn was born in Illinois, where she spent most of her weekends and summers with her grandparents working on their farm. Chinn’s roots have always run deep within agriculture. From day one she helped gather eggs, milk cows and walk bean fields. She also worked in the hay fields and painted numerous fences.
Chinn was lucky enough to marry into a family with a background she knew very well: farming. Her husband, Kevin Chinn, works full time on the family farm. Chris quickly jumped in, helping with the record keeping and the family hogs.
“This is where my passion for agriculture really grew,” Chinn said.
Chinn realized her grandparents’ farm was not the same, and her husband and she had a lot to learn, but she was eager.
“I was learning a lot about the important role technology was playing in agriculture,” Chinn said.
In 2005, Chinn began to make her voice heard across the state of Missouri, while serving on the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers committee.
“My passion for being an advocate grew,” Chinn said. “From visiting with strangers in airports who didn’t know a lot about farm life or how farmers care for their livestock and land.”
Chinn’s main focus is helping the general public understand that farmers and ranchers do care about their livestock. Chinn dedicates hours of her day to talking to people about misconceptions in agriculture, and she does it all with a smile. Chinn is not afraid to open the farm gate and introduce the public to her family farm. She has a passion to tell the general public about their food and who produces it. Chinn wants to be the farmer and rancher straight from the field, a fresh face, to tell from firsthand experience, her knowledge of agriculture.
Chinn has spoken at a number of Missouri State Farm Bureau Annual Meetings and Young Farmers and Ranchers Conferences. She has also addressed the Kentucky FFA State Convention, ALOT Annual Meeting, and the American Farm Bureau Meeting.
“One day I will look back at my life and know that I made a difference, not only in the life of my children, but for the other people our farm produces food for as well,” Chinn said, explaining her favorite part of the job.
Chris works hard balancing a busy lifestyle. She is a wife and a mother. She is family oriented and knows her extended family is a support system standing behind her. While Chinn is away at meetings, her in-laws help with the farm and the kids.
“She is always on task and never loses focus; I admire that and her ability to stay involved at all times,” Hurst said.
Chinn loves her job. She enjoys the family involvement in her job.
“I love having our kids work beside Kevin and me,” Chinn said.
Chinn is always looking to make new memories and help educate her own children on the farm.
”Our family is honored to produce food not only for our family, but our neighbors too,” Chinn said.