What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri?
I currently serve in a dual role with the University of Missouri Extension’s Agriculture and Environment program. I am an agricultural business specialist and a county engagement specialist. Often, these two roles intersect with each other allowing me to engage with community members, landowners, farmers, producers, government officials and other stakeholders.
Additionally, I conduct research related to agriculture business, work with regional and state specialists to host programs and disseminate educational content to Missourians in the following counties: Linn, Macon and Randolph.
How long have you worked in this position?
I have served in this dual role for almost two years now.
What is your favorite part about the work you do?
With Missouri being a strong agricultural state, I am proud to serve in an industry that is a staple of importance. I enjoy working alongside great Extension specialists, faculty and staff. And I also very much enjoy the satisfaction of knowing I am helping others with the work I do.
How are you helping MU A&E Extension reach our #2xAg2030 goal?
As an agriculture business specialist, I am consistently looking for ways agricultural workers can be more efficient with time, labor, resources and cost. The agricultural sector is being asked to do more with less resources. Therefore, I provide research to farmers, producers and individuals in agricultural production so they can be successful in meeting the demands of a growing society.
I’d say through my and fellow teammates’ efforts, the future looks extremely bright for Missourians involved in agriculture production.
What is something your CAFNR and MU Extension teammates may not know about you?
My teammates may not be aware of my affinity toward history – from the formation of the universe to ancient cuneiform writing scripts to the modernization of the last century. I also really enjoy traveling to visit museums and other historical venues; my favorites were the Great Wall of China and Mount Tai.
Agriculture and Environment Extension is a partnership between MU Extension and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.