2016 Outstanding Freshman: Emma Downing
Emma Downing, Warrensburg, Mo., is an active member of Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, MU Collegiate Farm Bureau and MU Baptist Student Union. She is a conference assistant for Missouri Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)-Phi Beta Lambda, planning for several state and district conferences.
Since February, she has been an undergraduate researcher for Scott Brown, assistant research professor of agricultural and applied economics. In this role, she analyzes dairy market fluctuations, the effects of market shifts, current policy propositions and other relevant market information.
In January, she was one of 12 students to tour agribusiness industries within the Kansas City area as a 2016 Dickinson Scholar Program participant.
In addition, while at Crest Ridge High School, she served as the Missouri vice president of membership for FBLA as well as the president of Missouri FFA Area VII.
"Over the past six months, CAFNR has transitioned into the ultimate home away from home," Downing said. "Never before I have been surrounded by so many young agriculturists with the same drives of improving the face of agriculture and continuing to ensure the world is fed. I have learned a great deal about the complexity of the industry and the people that make it up during my short time here. Coming from a family farm, I almost feel it is a duty to advocate for families like mine all across the nation. I hold a personal career goal of spending my time contributing to an occupation that will improve and reduce the issues agriculturists face daily."
Emma has always packed a quiet confidence that hinted at her openness to see what was out there and that same demeanor highlights her capable, committed and mature approach. She is a self-starter. It is not uncommon to see her put extra time and effort into tasks and goals she has set for herself.
Kendra Stinson, Sigma Alpha president