My name is Kelsie Young. I am a senior, Agricultural Communications major, Missouri State University. I found a love for the outdoors and the country lifestyle at an early age. Spending more than my fair share of summer days and nights on Table Rock Lake in Shell Knob, Missouri meant living with ear infections, sunburnt noses and never ending happiness. We did everything from: cookouts, fireworks, smores, nature walks, boat rides, swiming and playing till our hearts were content. Our family: my dad, Jim, my mom, Lori, and my sister, Callie (now Zirkle) always seemed to stay close to home for our family vacations. If we were not at the lake we were in Buffalo, Missouri at my mom’s parents house. Here we found ourselves ingulfed in never ending southern cooking, sweet treats and unlimited running room. Whether we were swimming in the pool, canoeing in the Niangua river, taking walks or playing games in the field behind their house or learning to ride horses in the corral behind the barn it was my own southern belle fantasy.
If you know anything about agricultural women, grew up around them or if you are one; Wrangler jeans, Ariat and Justin boots and big jewlery are probably a guilty pleasure of yours and something that you are accustom too. On the working side of the farm you will also have your shit kickers, coveralls and dirty ball caps you wear when you go to work livestock or while working in the field during harvest. These are things I did not grow up with. My childhood dream of living on a farm, riding horses, showing cattle and being a “farmer’s daughter” did not happen until I was a freshmen in high school.
About the time I was joining my high school FFA chapter and taking my first agriculture education class, Dad was buying his first load of bred heifers. We were putting the finishing touches on our house and it was time to become a farming family. My dreams were coming true and my sisters were being crushed. Callie was not a fan of the extra drive time the country life was causing and I was in love with the 82ish acres I had to play and day dream on.
Throughout the years my passion and love for agriculture has not only shaped my future but also molded me into the farmer’s daughter I have always wanted to be. I am going to take you on a journey, a journey of my life as a non southern southern belle.