My name is TaylorAnn Washburn – I am a science and agricultural journalism student and MU Law Scholar at the University of Missouri. I am an active member of Mizzou Collegiate Cattle Women and MU Little Sisters of the Gold Rose. When I’m not in class or involved in campus activities, you will find me working in the lab for the MU National Center for Soybean Biotechnology and answering phones at Joe Machens Automotive Group.
My passion for agriculture started at an early age, and has been a driving force in my life. I come from a small farm in northwest Missouri, where we raise Charolais cattle and American Quarter horses; I have been riding and showing horses since before I could walk! I feel that having the opportunity to show horses has taught me the value of hard work and remaining perseverant through all circumstances.
The National FFA Organization has also shaped who I am and my career goals. Being heavily involved during my high school years, I gained the communication skills and knowledge to start sharing my agriculture experience. I went on to serve as the Missouri FFA state secretary from 2013 to 2014, and had the opportunity to represent the FFA at the state and national levels. The connections I made and skills I developed have been applicable even beyond my time in FFA.
Enough about the past – what are my plans for the future? After earning my undergraduate degree, I plan on attending law school or pursuing a master’s degree at Texas Tech University. Once I have my education completed, I hope to work in public relations for an agriculture company. I want to help industry professionals educate the general public, and mend the gap between producers and consumers.