Hi, my name is Alexa Nordwald, and I am currently a freshman at the University of Missouri majoring in science and agricultural journalism. I hail from about five hours southeast of Columbia in the small town of East Prairie, Missouri. Although my grandparents raise Charolais cattle in Audrain County, I did not grow up on a farm. My father was my agricultural education teacher in high school and my interest in agriculture started when I became involved in FFA activities.
What interested me most was the diversity that the agriculture industry offers us. So many people of differing viewpoints and backgrounds are all tied together through agriculture. I very quickly realized what an important part agriculture plays in all of our lives and since then, I have not stopped trying to learn more about this amazingly complex industry.
On campus I participate in Christian Campus House Ministries, Agricultural Communicators and Leaders of Tomorrow, and the professional agricultural sorority, Sigma Alpha. I also work at the University of Missour Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) and serve as a Missouri FFA State Officer.