Friday, April 7, 2017 – Reynolds Alumni Center

2008 Outstanding Sophomore: Katie Jarboe

Katie Jarboe

KATIE JARBOE, a sophomore majoring in Agricultural Economics-Public Policy, is from Gallatin, Mo. She is the current Ag Economics Club president and Collegiate Farm Bureau vice president. She was also a 2008 Dickinson Scholar and has been on the CAFNR Dean’s List since the Fall of 2006.

In 2006 she earned the Ag Economics Club outstanding member award and served on the Sigma Alpha professional development committee. She is currently an Alpha Zeta Honor Society member.

Beginning in June 2003, Jarboe has been a Kid’s Kamp counselor. Kid’s Kamp is a summer program for blind children. The camp gives these kids experiences such as water tubing, fishing, crafts and talent shows.

Jarboe works for the USDA Missouri Farm Service Agency where she provides information assistance to state program specialists.

In 2007 she served on the MU Homecoming Steering Committee—the largest homecoming event in the nation. She organized a 5K walk/run that had 400 entrants and planned the first annual Punt, Pass and Kick event for children. She also assisted during the Homecoming Blood Drive, the largest single blood drive in Missouri.

"I believe my involvement with the Homecoming Steering Committee has given me an opportunity to open the eyes of the other college’s leaders," she said. "The general impression of others was that CAFNR was just about agriculture and getting a degree. While our College includes both of these factors, it reaches much beyond. After explaining in detail the opportunities within CAFNR, they were very impressed. I shared with them information about our College organizations, faculty, assorted professional development opportunities and many unique experiences. As a result, four other committee members who are leaders in their organizations are now utilizing ideas and organizational structures which are rooted here at CAFNR."


THERE ARE NUMEROUS QUALITIES ONE SHOULD POSSES TO EVEN BEING CONSIDERED AN OUTSTANDING CAFNR STUDENT. ACADEMIC ACHCHIEVEMENT IN THE CLASSROOM, PEER LEADERSHIP AND A STRONG OVERALL WORK ETHIC ARE REQUIRED. YOU WILL FIND THAT KATIE POSSESSES THESE REFINED QUALITIES AND IS VERY DESERVING OF SUCH AN HONOR."

— Scott Brown, associate director
MU’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute