Nothing is sweeter than being able to combine my two passions.
I grew up raising Registered Angus Cattle with my family in Jefferson City, MO. At age eight, I showed my first heifer at the Cole County Fair. Ever since that day I set foot in the show ring, I knew cattle would always be a huge part of my life. I was in 4-H for 12 years and loved every minute of it. I was also a very active member of the National FFA Organization. 4-H and FFA allowed me to grow my passion for agriculture.
Early on in life, I discovered I had a knack for writing. High school provided me with many opportunities to develop my writing skills. I was a columnist and co-editor for our school newspaper The Crusader Raid, as well as the Helias Catholic senior correspondent for the Jefferson City News Tribune. Writing and working with people are some things really love.
The University of Missouri “selected” me before I was even born. Both of my parents are passionate alums and I am glad to carry on the family tradition. So when it came down to selecting a major, effort was hardly necessary. Science and Agricultural Journalism was the only choice– it combines both my passion of agriculture and my love of writing. I truly have the best of both worlds.
In agriculture, the lack of communication continues to wound the well-being of our nation’s most important industry. With animal activists and lobbyists doing their best to put agriculture to a stop, it is hard to remain silent. The Ag Lady is my way of sharing my experiences, thoughts, and dreams of the agriculture industry. This industry is essential for the well-being of our country. I enjoy following current issues and topics facing agriculture and hope to inform my readers with solid, unbiased and educated facts. My goal is to successfully bridge the gap between any producers and consumers as well as correct any misconceptions. I believe the best way to communicate is through telling your story.
“Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.” – Letter from Thomas Jefferson to George Washington (1787)
“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles away from the corn field.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower