Howdy, my name is Laura Bardot. I hail from a tiny town in south-central Missouri called Lonedell that is just a speck on the map, but is where I call home. A Dollar General was just built in town two years ago, but there is also a Mobile Gas Station, Finish Line Café, and even a U.S. Post Office.
Growing up in a rural area on a large commercial beef cow-calf operation has allowed me to develop a passion for agriculture. In school, I was known as the farm girl. If someone had a question about agriculture, I was there to answer joyfully. I give credit to 4-H for my knowledge of agriculture. I am a 10-year member of the Rockford Rebels 4-H Club, where I have grown and shown beef breeding heifers, market hogs and breeding gilts. Another source of my agricultural knowledge is the St. Clair FFA Chapter. My Supervised Agriculture Experience was Diversified Livestock Production, which consisted of beef cattle production and swine entrepreneurship.
I am pursing a dual degree in Science and Agricultural Journalism and Animal Sciences. After graduation, I plan to acquire a career with an agriculture company as a public relations specialist. I would like to advocate for the future of agriculture and connect yesterday’s farming techniques with tomorrow’s technology.
In addition to growing and showing animals, my hobbies include photography, baking … and eating. If I am not in the barn taking care of my animals, you will more than likely find me in the kitchen. I can prepare anything from ice cold cereal to hot mac and cheese.
I am eager to be writing for CAFNR Corner Post this semester. This experience will help me develop my portfolio, expand on my writing skills, and gain hands-on experience for journalism and communications.