Hello! My name is Rachel Dotson, and I am originally from Hamilton, Missouri. I am currently a junior, majoring in science and agricultural journalism. This is my first semester at the University of Missouri.
Growing up I was actively involved in 4-H and FFA. I would have to credit these organizations for helping me become the person I am today. My family has been raising and showing pigs since 1973. When I finally turned eight I was able to continue the tradition of exhibiting at the local, state, and national level.
After graduating from high school, I accepted a livestock judging scholarship at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas. My team included 11 members who came from Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Montana. This unfamiliar adventure changed my life, and I would not trade it for the world. By the end of my sophomore year you would have never guessed that we started out as 11 strangers. We were fortunate enough to win the 2013 North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. This qualified us to travel this past summer to Scotland, London, and Ireland to judge. We were able to continue our success overseas, and win both the contest in Scotland and Ireland.
I am privileged to extend my livestock judging career to the senior college level while attending Mizzou. Since transferring, I have been able to meet new people through my judging team, and also have joined a few of the numerous clubs on campus.
I am extremely excited to join the CAFNR Corner Post staff, this semester. With this opportunity I hope to improve my writing skills for my future of helping to give the agriculture industry a voice.