From the cornfields to Capitol Hill, from the white farmhouses of mid-Missouri to the White House, I am an ardent advocate for American agriculture. President Dwight D. Eisenhower once remarked, “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield.” As an agricultural communicator and CAFNR Corner Post staff writer, I look forward to using my pencil (or computer, smartphone, camera and other tools of the journalistic trade) to reveal the challenges and opportunities of the agriculture industry in meaningful ways and bring the cornfield closer to the average consumer.
Hailing from rural roots and farm fields in Concordia, Mo., I am a freshman science and agricultural journalism major seeking to branch out and pursue opportunities in the fields of public policy, reporting and law. I am eager to begin “earning my stripes” as a Mizzou tiger by upholding the university’s core values of excellence, discovery, respect and responsibility.
Although a substantial portion of my wardrobe is devoted to black and gold apparel, I am often seen sporting blue and gold—the colors of the National FFA Organization. I currently serve as the Secretary of the Missouri FFA Association, representing more than 25,000 vocational agriculture students in the state. In addition to my secretarial duties in FFA, I am a Missouri Pork Ambassador, representing the Missouri Pork Association at promotional events highlighting the state’s pork industry. I am a Discovery Fellowship research intern at the Food & Agricultural Policy Research Institute, where I look forward to pursuing undergraduate research on the effects of economic and farm policy. I am a member of the Walter Williams Journalism Scholars program, the University of Missouri Chancellor’s Leadership Class and the Show-Me Scholars cohort.
A proud citizen of the Show-Me State, I enjoy showing others the exciting and eclectic history and heritage that defines Missouri. I look forward to sharing the stories of Missouri’s people and industries — agriculture, in particular — as I pursue studies in journalism. In the future, I hope to obtain a career in public policy, broadcast legal analysis and law that takes me from Columbia to the District of Columbia and from the Corn Belt to the Beltway.