Hello! My name is Kellianne Mitchell and I’m returning to the CAFNR Corner Post staff for the Spring 2017 semester as an editor! I was a writer for Corner Post my first semester of my freshman year of college (Fall 2014) and I’m excited to be back!
I was born and raised in Troy, Missouri, and still have very close ties to my hometown. Coming from a rural town, agriculture is something I have been around my entire life. My family own a row-crop and beef cattle operation, and whenever I had the chance, I always took agricultural science courses during middle and high school. I also am a horse enthusiast, growing up riding, training and showing Quarter Horses since I could walk. Currently, I have one horse and my main passion (besides agriculture) is barrel racing. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends at home, hunting and riding my horse among many other things.
I have been involved in 4-H and FFA my entire life, although FFA was where I focused most of my time in high school. It was through FFA in high school that I discovered my passion for the agricultural industry. In college, I am a CAFNR Ambassador where I talk to prospective students about the great things not only about Mizzou, but the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
I will be graduating in August of 2017 with a degree in science and agricultural journalism and a minor in agricultural economics. I also have an emphasis area of study in marketing and strategic communications. It is bittersweet knowing my time at MU is coming to an end, but I am excited to start my professional career upon graduation with a job at Monsanto! I plan to make the most of my last semester here at the university and enjoy my time as a part of the CAFNR Corner Post staff!
Hello! My name is Rachel Dotson, and I am a senior majoring in science and agricultural journalism. I grew up in Hamilton, Missouri, which is a small town in the northwest part of the state.
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. However, I have always held the swine industry close to my heart. My family has been raising and showing pigs since 1973. Since I was 8 years old I have shown pigs at the local, state and national level.
As a swine enthusiast, the only magazine I read growing up was the Seedstock EDGE, which is a publication produced by the National Swine Registry. This past summer I fulfilled a goal of becoming an intern for the NSR, and wrote feature stories published in the Seedstock EDGE. Last fall I was a reporter for the Columbia Missourian, and I am currently the communications intern for the University of Missouri Office of Registrar.
I recently accepted a communications internship for this summer with the National Pork Producers Council in Washington, D.C. I am looking forward to helping give America’s 60,000 pork producers a voice while I explore D.C.