Kelsie’s Commencement

I am a Senior at Missouri State University. I will be graduating May 18 from the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, William H. Darr School of Agriculture with my Bachelor of Science Degree in General Agriculture with an emphasis in Communications.

Graduation will be at 1:30pm on at JQH Arena on the Springfield, MO campus.

I am graudating a year early from MSU and I just thought I would give a short run down about my plans for those that do not know.

During the fall semester I was trying to find internships. In November, I received an offer from CNH to fulfill a three month internship in Racine, WI. I will be working in one of their corporate offices as an Online Marketing Intern.

Getting my Masters Degree is a definite possibility. I have applied and been accepted to the Student Affairs in Higher Education program at Missouri State University. In the next few months I will have to decide if I am going to continue to pursue my education or if I will begin a job search.

I will of course keep you posted, but until then….

UPDATE:

As of April 18, 2012 I was offered and accepted a graduate assistantship in the Missouri State University Alumni Center. My duties as a GA will include being an adviser to the student organization REAL Bears. REAL Bears is a service organization on campus that allows students the unique opportunity to to make connections with MSU alumni and donors. Another aspect of the GA includes being apart of the Alumni Center staff.

The GA is in the Alumni Center but my studies will be focused in Student Affairs. Over then next two years I will be studying the areas of: counseling, higher education theory, research in higher education, leadership in higher education and the legal and ethical side that educational institutions face.

 

This summer I will am able to fulfill my internship in Racine, Wisconsin. I will be an online marketing intern and will be moving out there May 20, 2012, the weekend after I graduate with my undergraduate degree.

 

I could not be more excited that I have this amazing opportunity to peruse another degree and at my Alma Mater.

Farmer Jim

“Have you talked to your Mom?”

“No. Why?”

“We got the cows preg checked…”

“Oh…”

“Not a one is pregnant.”

For any livestock producer this news is devastating. Just last week I heard this from my dad at the local gas station when we met for the morning chores. For a full time farmer this is a total loss. Equivalent, in my eyes, to becoming laid off and loosing your job without a chance to find a new job till the next season.

My family and I moved to Amish country almost 7 years ago. Mom and dad have wanted to build a house since they got married nearly 27 years ago and it finally become a reality on the land that has been in my dad’s family for over 100 years. That’s right, we are first generation farmers on a Missouri Century Farm…… My dad’s family has a history of farming in the area. He worked on relatives and family friends farms growing up but his immediate family did not grow up living on a farm and I grew up in town. When I was starting my Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) when I was a Green Hand in FFA my dad was buying his first load of commercial cow/ calf pairs. Going through the experience of buying cattle, starting a working farm and transitioning into a farm family was a dream come true for this city dweller.

Since my dad has a full time job in town hearing that our bull went sterile was hard but there are worse things that could have happened and our family is lucky that selling calves is not our only source of income.

We keep the cattle in a small space so that it is easier to work with each animal. It also keeps the farmer safe.

Regardless, we still had a list of errands to run that morning and work to do on the farm. We have a small commercial heard of 12 momma cows. If you take a ride on our four- wheeler they follow you around like puppies because they think it is my dad getting ready to feed them something special. After we got done with our errands in town dad and I’s plan was to “work” the cattle. We had to move the cattle into the pin and bring them through the shoot. We had to pour dewormer and fly medicine on their backs, tag 2 of them and then keep the bull back since we would be getting rid of him at the beginning of the week.

We tag our cattle so that we can keep more accurate records for each animal. It is like when we get our ears pierced, she did not like it too much so she started to lay down. But what girl doesn't like new jewelry?

Even though we have a small opperation going home to visit the farm and being with family is one of my favorite things to do. When dad has stuff to do on the farm he calls it his chores and getting to spend last Friday and Saturday helping do “chores” is okay by me when it gets to be with Farmer Jim.

Dad walking to let the cattle back out into the field.

A little about me…

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.