My name is Cassie Lenzenhuber. I was raised in the small town of Jonesburg, Missouri, about 50 miles east of Columbia. The town may be small, but growing up there has taught me many big lessons. It instilled in me a love for agriculture and a love for people.
I grew up on a tree farm that my dad and grandfather started and continue to run today. Growing up on a farm gave me many opportunities that I otherwise would not have had. On the farm, we have had just about everything: rabbits, chickens, goats, hogs, horses, cattle — and, of course, no farm is complete without a string of barn cats and a couple of trusty mutts.
Upon reaching high school I found a home in my FFA Chapter. I was an active member as well as officer. I held the office of treasurer for two years. It was my active role in this organization that made me realize that agriculture was something I wanted to pursue once I reached college.
I have had many great opportunities while attending MU. I have traveled to Texas for an agricultural journalism seminar, spent part of a summer in Colorado on a ranch giving guided trail rides to guests, and here in Missouri I was able to take advantage of several fabulous internship opportunities — one with Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, and another as an animal science intern on a cattle farm. I was even able to spend some service learning hours at an equine therapy barn helping riders with disabilities.
Graduation is not far off; I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! In May, I will be graduating with a degree in Agriculture with emphases in agricultural journalism, agricultural economics, and animal science. I am excited to see what the next chapter of life has in store for me!