My name is Will Robinson, and I am a science and agricultural journalism major at the University of Missouri. The little patch of heaven that I call home sits out side the small town of Wellsville, Missouri. That’s where I was privileged to grow up on my family’s third-generation swine operation.
Growing up raising livestock, I had the opportunity to travel and compete in local, state and national swine shows. This was always thrilling until the tenth hour of a 12-hour drive to a show in south Texas, when the never changing road started to test my creativity. I am a tenured member of 4-H, as well as being a member of the National Junior Swine Association. Both organizations have been a large factor in my interest in agriculture.
My showing career started at the age of 3 at a national show in Louisville, Kentucky. According to my parents, I had more fun playing in the wood shavings than I did exhibiting my pig. This resulted in a serious sibling talk between me and my ,at the time, 5-year-old sister.
From the age of 7, I have been an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. This fire was started during the 2006 World Series run. In watching the Cardinals progression, I fell in love with Chris Carpenter, pushing me to pitch on my little league team. Until this past summer, I played first base and pitcher for American Legion Post 122 out of Warrenton, Missouri.
Over the past summer I had the opportunity to work at Country 96, a radio station based out of Mexico, Missouri. On the weekends, I worked as a radio personality dubbed “The Kid.” As I progress through college, I hope to find an internship at an agricultural based radio corporation, such as the Brownfield radio network so I can further pursue broadcasting as a career.
I am very excited to be writing for CAFNR Corner Post this semester. This is an opportunity for me to develop my journalistic skills. Skills that will be most useful in my desired career field.