Meet Betty Thomas

Agriculture began to influence my life at a young age. My father is a sixth-generation farmer, so it only seems right to pass on the tradition. I’m from a small, rural community where a large portion of the local economy is centered around agriculture. I was born and raised on a farm outside of Oakford, Ill., and wouldn’t have had it any other way.

As I began to grow up extracurricular activities began to take up a large part of my life. I was involved with everything from volleyball to student council to FFA and everything in between. I held leadership positions in these organizations where I discovered how much I enjoyed design, public speaking, and, of course, writing.

From there, I constructed a plan. For years I had my heart set on majoring in agricultural communications at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. Luckily, things don’t always turn out exactly as planned.

A friend took a college visit to the University of Missouri one weekend, and I decided to tag along. I immediately fell in love with the hospitality and beauty of the campus. With such a strong agricultural school and journalism school it seemed to be the perfect fit. Looking back there is no place I would rather call home.

As for now I am a member of Mizzou Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow as well as Independent Aggies here on campus. I am not entirely sure where my career will take me, but I know that CAFNR and the science and ag journalism program will give me the tools necessary to succeed. I look forward to seeing what I can personally do to help promote that agricultural community.

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