Hello, Corner Post Readers! My name is Elizabeth Wyss, and I am a freshman at the University of Missouri. I am from Russellville, Missouri. With agriculture at its roots and a population of less than 800, Russellville is the epitome of “Small Town, USA.” In addition to growing up on a cattle farm, my family owns the Russellville Locker and Feed Store, the meat processing plant in our tiny town. As soon as I could write legibly, I began to work behind the counter. This experience showed me the importance of the agriculture industry to both my community and the world.
In high school, my passion for agriculture was influenced by the National FFA Organization. I was an active member all four years, serving as a chapter and Area 8 officer, showing cattle, participating in Career Development Events, and, my personal favorite, public speaking contests. I qualified for state with all my speeches, and now I coach local high school students for their FFA Public Speaking Contests. FFA not only increased my knowledge and love for agriculture, but it also helped me discover my talents. In addition to FFA, I was also active in the high school band, Multicultural Club, Academic Team, and Russellville Baptist Church.
I entered my freshman year at Mizzou as a biochemistry major, with a grand plan of attending pharmacy school one day. However, I discovered that biochemistry was not for me, and my passion for defending and furthering the agriculture industry was stronger than my interest in science. So here I am, an undecided agriculture major, trying to decide between agricultural economics and science and agricultural journalism. Writing for Corner Post this semester is an exciting opportunity for me to explore what my future will be in the world’s most important industry!