Author: Madelyn Derks

Bouncing around in the farm truck checking cows with my dad was one of my favorite memories as a little girl. From picking out my first cow to showing Boer goats with my brothers, agriculture has been an essential part of my family’s life. Growing up on a commercial Angus cow-calf operation in King City, Missouri, I have always felt a passion for the agriculture industry. My involvement within the industry inspired me to pursue my passion for advocating for farmers. Hello, my name is Madelyn Derks and I am an agribusiness management major with a minor in agriculture communications at the University of Missouri. After finishing my degree, I plan to work for an agriculture commodity group in public relations and promotion. This goal was jump started when I began competing in public speaking contests in the FFA and 4-H organizations. Throughout high school, FFA helped develop the leadership skills and soft skills that I use every day and will need in my career.