Author: Regan Ragsdale

As I walked into my first class at the University of Missouri, it gave me a minor heart attack to know that there were more people in the lecture than there are in my hometown. That’s right, my hometown of Holliday, Missouri, has a total population of 133 and sits an hour due north of Columbia, Missouri. Being raised on a row crop and cattle operation is a way of life that I would never trade. Growing up with two little brothers, I always had someone to show cattle with, play catch and be my best friend. Throughout my four years at Paris High School, I was highly active in FFA, FBLA, NHS, student government and sports. However, my deep roots in agriculture led me to spend most of my time in the agriculture building with the Paris FFA Chapter. Being the Paris FFA Chapter president, Area IV FFA president, and now serving as the Missouri FFA state secretary has allowed me to foster my love for agriculture in new and exciting ways. I am eager and ecstatic to broaden my agriculture and communications knowledge by writing for the CAFNR Corner Post this fall!

Trump administration moves to make E15 available year-round

The Environmental Protection Agency is starting a rule making process to allow the sale of E15 year-round. Currently, E15 (a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) is banned during the summer months. The original ban was based…

Farm crisis of the 80s led to career change that has benefitted Missouri’s ag educators

The market’s drop during the 1980s farm crisis launched Keith Dietzschold, Missouri FFA executive secretary, into an almost 35-year career in agriculture education. “When I graduated college, all I ever wanted to do was go home and farm,” Dietzschold said.…