Home is where the heart is, and that’s where my story begins. My name is Olivia Loges. I am a freshman at the University of Missouri, majoring in science and agricultural journalism. I am from a small, agriculture-oriented town called Sweet Springs. With only 1,400 people, a Dollar General and two gas stations, agriculture is the root of my tiny town. Agriculture is what I grew up on, and it will always be a part of my life.
I am the fourth generation of a four-generation family farm specializing in beef and crop production. Ever since I was born, I have been involved in my family’s way of life and learning the ways of the land. When I was 8 years old, I began showing pigs. For the past ten years, I have been actively involved in my local 4-H club exhibiting pigs, cattle, and horses. In high school, I became involved in my school’s FFA chapter. Becoming an officer and participating in many leadership and community activities has shaped me into the person I am today and has led me to future career goals and dreams.
Growing up showing livestock, I realize there is always controversy, and there are issues that threaten this way of life. My close ties to this industry have naturally led me toward a career in agriculture. I want to share my passion for showing livestock, and agriculture in general, by clearly communicating about it to others so that they will understand and appreciate what agriculture offers to the world.
Majoring in science and agricultural journalism, I hope someday to put my passion for communicating about agriculture to use working in public relations and marketing. I am extremely excited to be writing for CAFNR Corner Post this semester and working with other individuals who share the same love and passion for agriculture.