My name is Holly Harlan, and I am a freshman at the University of Missouri majoring in science and agricultural journalism. My love for the agriculture industry began in the small town of Salisbury, Missouri. This small, farming community gave me the opportunity to grow up with an appreciation for farming, because it was all around me. Corn, soybeans and cattle are just about the only attractions you will find in my hometown of just over 1,600 people.
In my younger years, I was very involved in 4-H, which led directly into my involvement in FFA in high school. Through these amazing organizations, I got the opportunity to be hands-on within the agriculture industry. Every FFA member is required to have a Supervised Agricultural Experience, or SAE. Mine was raising a pumpkin patch and selling the produce locally. The 30 different varieties of pumpkins and gourds I raised in a one-and-a-half-acre patch taught me the value of hard work, helped me become a problem solver, deepened my passion for agriculture and helped me find where I truly fit within the industry. My favorite part of my small-town business was getting to interact with customers and relay my knowledge of agriculture. Because of these experiences, I hope to work in public relations after obtaining my degree. I plan to continue to advocate and be a positive voice for the agriculture industry through my career.
I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to write for CAFNR Corner Post this semester, so I can get more writing experience and continue to learn more about the agriculture industry. I’m ready to take on this semester, and I can’t wait to see what adventures await me here at the Zou!