CP Profile: Davis reigns over CAFNR with contagious enthusiasm

“I’m not sure how I ended up here actually,” CAFNR Queen Shelby Davis said.

Davis is an MU agricultural economics major with a minor in plant sciences and is expected to graduate in May, 2014. Davis’ CAFNR involvement did not happen by chance. Her dedication and contagious, positive attitude have earned her numerous leadership roles within CAFNR throughout her college career.

Davis grew up on a small farm in Monroe City, Mo. Her older brother, Jordan Davis, was very active in CAFNR. But, Shelby wanted to make her own path.

“Originally I didn’t want to go here (MU) at all because he had been here,” Davis said, referring to her brother. “But I ended up coming down here and loved the campus.”

Davis followed in her brother’s footsteps and also became involved in CAFNR. Her brother even helped her gain a job at the Mizzou Meat Market. In addition to her work, Davis has served as Sigma Alpha president, a professional agriculture sorority, and on CAFNR Student Council.

“Over the years, something has really stuck out about Shelby: her ability to motivate others,” Jon Black, Davis’ neighbor, coworker and friend, said.

Black served on the CAFNR Week steering committee with Davis, who was a tri-director her junior year. While on this committee, Black saw how well Davis worked with members and organizations to provide students with an exciting week of events. He and Davis also won CAFNR Week King and Queen together this year.

Davis’ favorite part of college has been the people she has met and friends she has made, such as Black. After life at MU, Davis will work for Syngenta.

“Shelby will be dearly missed by all, but especially by me,” Clarissa Brown, a close friend of Davis, said.

Brown and Davis spend time together daily as meat lab coworkers and as Sigma Alpha sisters. Both worked for Syngenta last summer.

“She has worked hard for everything she has and continues to have a smile on her face as she continues to graduate,” Brown said.

Davis is an outgoing person and is always willing to take risks to meet people and try new things according to Brown. She recently has pursued golfing for leisure and in her spare time, Davis said she enjoys visiting wineries. Overall, she doesn’t like to take herself too seriously.

“For me, internships and real life experience is more important than the grade card,” Davis said.

The summer following freshman year, Davis studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic, where she was integrated into Czech society with local students. She saw private aspects of Prague beyond typical tourism, such as small farm operations. Davis was fascinated by the size and organic emphasis of Czech farms.

Davis’ decision to study abroad early in her college career exemplifies how hard she has worked for her end goal of a meaningful occupation post graduation. She did not want later internships to interfere with her chance to go global with CAFNR.  As Davis prepares to leave CAFNR there will be large shoes to fill.

“It doesn’t matter where you are, in any organization you have to be involved and attend those meetings,” Davis said. “You have to go out on a limb sometimes and take chances to make your name more known.”

Davis exemplifies her title as CAFNR Queen and as she enters the workforce she is discovering new territory to reign.

Elizabeth Johnson

About the Author Elizabeth Johnson

I am pursuing a degree in science and agricultural journalism with an emphasis in agricultural marketing. I hope to work in corporate public relations post graduation. I have a passion for communications and anything and everything Mizzou. My dad is a CAFNR alumnus with a degree in agricultural economics, and my mom graduated from the College of Education. Both of my parents grew up on family operated farms and in rural agricultural communities. This was the main factor in my decision to pursue a degree from CAFNR. I wrote for Corner Post during Fall 2013 and had no writing experience prior to that. I now have a new appreciation for investigative journalism and am excited to continue practicing it.