Author: Sydnee Mason

Hello! My name is Sydnee Mason. I am freshman at the University of Missouri majoring in Agricultural Education and Leadership, and I am from Marshall, Missouri. Growing up, I spent my summers living out of horse trailers with my parents and my sister surrounded by the sport of rodeo. Both of my parents are rodeo coaches at Missouri Valley College, which has given me the opportunity to integrate the western lifestyle and my rodeo background into the way I advocate for Missouri agriculture. Throughout my time at the University, I hope to expand my knowledge of agriculture and network with others. Above all, I plan to use my experiences and knowledge of rural life to help consumers develop an understanding and appreciation of agriculture, the way their food is produced and the farming families who make it all happen.

Teach Ag speech contest sparks interest in ag education as a career

For most Missourians, December is a time for chilly weather, Christmas movies, and family. For Pam Rowland, the teacher recruitment and retention coordinator for Missouri Agricultural Education, December is a time for hope — for the future of agricultural education.…