Hey Tiger Fans! My name is Madison Byrd, and I come from the small town of Keytesville, Missouri. This town may not look like much to a stranger passing through town, but to me, this is where my roots are planted deep. I grew up on a family farm just outside the city limits, so agriculture is something that has run through my blood since the beginning. I was never really involved in the day-to-day operations of the farm, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t have an appreciation for it. I saw firsthand how agriculture affected my family and my community, and that is what inspired me to be where I am today.
In high school, I was involved with our local FFA Chapter, which only fueled my excitement for the agriculture industry. During my years in the blue corduroy FFA jacket, I found out that I had strong passion for agriculture education. Once a week, I would visit our school’s sixth-grade class and teach the students about our connection to agriculture, whether through career options, the food we enjoy, clothes we wear, or the animals we raise. I also implemented key leadership lessons into my curriculum.
Because of my passion for agriculture education, I decided that the science and agricultural journalism program at Mizzou was the place for me. Through my writings, I hope to give the agriculture industry a voice.
Besides agriculture, I have a strange obsession for Harry Potter and the Missouri Tigers! My whole family came to the University of Missouri, and I am so blessed to say I get to follow in their footsteps and earn my stripes.
I am very excited about my new beginning at Mizzou and I can’t wait to hit the ground running with CAFNR Corner Post! Go Tigers!