My name is Natalie Ayers, and I am a science and agricultural journalism major at the University of Missouri. After my time at Mizzou, I hope to seek employment with a commodity promotion group or agricultural public relations firm. This is my first year as a tiger, and I cannot believe how much it feels like home. I hail from a tiny town in northeast Missouri called Green City.
Having grown up in a rural, agricultural-based community, my interest for agriculture was sparked as soon as I was old enough to ride along in the tractor with my dad to do chores. My family owns and operates a registered Angus, cow-calf operation. My parents were also my vocational agriculture instructors, so I have attended various FFA activities starting from the time I could walk. Currently, I serve as a Missouri State FFA officer. Without a doubt, my involvement in 4-H and FFA has played a key role in my background, and I attribute much of my success to those two youth organizations.
I also love butterfly orchids, sweet tea, cheering for the Mizzou Tigers, showing market hogs and communicating to others about agriculture. I look forward to becoming more involved on campus and writing for the CAFNR Corner Post this semester, while furthering my knowledge about an industry that means so much to me.