My name is Emily Adams and I am a freshman majoring in science and agricultural journalism. As a first-time writer, I am excited to start reporting on agriculture in my hometown of Columbia, Missouri. Although I did not initially plan on pursuing a career in agriculture, it has become an important part of my life. Growing up, I was interested in watching musicals, hiking and reading fantasy novels.
As the years passed, however, I somehow turned into a full-fledged outdoor enthusiast. I spent all my time outside and decided that instead of going to college, I was going move to Montana. So, like most kids interested in conservation, I decided to join my school’s FFA chapter. To my surprise I discovered that FFA required a lot of the same skills I previously used reading Lord of the Rings. My adviser picked apart everything I wrote with hawk-like precision. By the end of my FFA career, I had learned that agriculture and communication are intertwined.
The idea of pursing science and agricultural journalism was soon planted in my mind, and I went on to become the editor of my high school newspaper. As I continue writing, I am amazed by how much the world overlaps with agriculture. My senior year, I was given a book that connected literature to the study of environmental issues, and I realized that agriculture has always been part of my life whether I realized it or not.
I am excited to start off my college career writing about a subject that combines my favorite subjects of writing and the natural world. As human beings and inhabitants of the earth, I believe we all have a right to know how nature and agriculture affect our lives. I hope to someday use my experience to voice the role of agriculture in our world, from its references in Lord of the Rings to crop yields.