Growing up on a small Century farm in rural Missouri you could say that my life could be compared to American dream. Our operation consists of growing milo, soybeans, and wheat, along with raising a small cattle herd of registered Herefords. Being one of three daughters we had to step into a few roles that most girls never have the chance to experience. I was always a tomboy growing up climbing trees, driving tractors, and feeding the cows. My life was never too exciting but it was content and full of love. Every day I am thankful for the life the Lord has given to me and I am truly blessed to have grown up with the most amazing family that no matter what would always support me in my life’s decisions.
Growing up I had always been an active member in 4-H and had a passion for showing hogs and cattle. At the start of my freshman year of high school I was determined to become highly involved in my school and my community. I wanted to get the most out of my high school experience and in doing so I have made many friends and connections that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
It is to say the least that it was the National FFA Organization would exert the greatest contribution in who I have become today. While being the competitive person I am I became very involved. It is through these experiences from this great organization that has taught me a lot about who I am, what I stand for, and my passion for exerting a positive influence and educating others about agriculture.
I am currently a student at Missouri State University majoring in Agriculture Business with an emphasis in marketing and sales. This year I have had the most amazing opportunity to represent over 25,000 FFA members as a State Officer of the Missouri FFA Association. Advocating for agriculture is a passion of mine that at I young age, I already knew how involved I wanted to be, but it wasn’t until now that I am beginning to find my place. This blog will hopefully be entertaining, but here I will share some of my experiences of how I am taking what I have learned on the farm and beginning my life in the real world.