My name is Natalie Powell, and I am a junior at the University of Missouri. I am dual majoring in animal science and science and agricultural journalism. As a third-generation MU Tiger, I have bled black and gold for as long as I can remember. I’m from Maryville, Missouri, which is in the northwest corner of the state. Maryville is a rural and agricultural community where I first developed my love for agriculture.
My agricultural background is vastly different from that of many students in CAFNR. Instead of being raised on a farm, I was raised in our family business. My father and grandfather are both mixed-animal practicing veterinarians who graduated from the MU College of Veterinary Medicine. They both practice at the veterinary clinic that my grandparents have owned and operated for over 50 years. I absolutely love working there and spending the majority of my time assisting my father.
Outside of our family business, we also have a small Black Angus cattle farm that we somehow make the time to operate and manage. I have had a love for livestock since I was first introduced to them when I was younger. My parents made sure to involve both my brother and I in our local 4-H club throughout our childhood and into my high school years. My involvement in 4-H only strengthened my passion and love for the agriculture industry.
Along with my involvement in CAFNR, I am involved in Greek life here at MU. There is truly nothing better than experiencing MU’s traditions and spirit firsthand and the memories that go along with it.
My science and agricultural journalism interests go hand-in-hand with my interest in the possibility of pursuing a veterinary medicine path. I am excited to be on the CAFNR Corner Post staff this semester. I look forward to gaining more writing experience and working to develop my writing skills alongside staff members who share the same love and passion for agriculture and journalism.