Young In Ag: Fruita native, CSU grad back on the farm and sharing knowledge with Fence Post readers
Q: What do you love about agriculture?
A: The people. Almost everyone you meet involved in agriculture or who grew up on a farm, big or small, are just good people. They’re the backbone of this country and they help keep food on the table. They’re usually colorful and friendly. And they all have great stories to tell.
Q: What is your background in ag?
A: I grew up on a farm where we raised wheat and alfalfa seed. Aside from working on my family farm growing up, I also started working as a part-time, seasonal baler mechanic when I was 16, which exposed me to a lot of different farms and ranches.
I began writing agricultural articles for extra credit in my freshman ag class and then got offered an internship through my local paper, the Fruita Times. I worked there for two years covering the agricultural/rural news beat. I worked as an intern for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, where I also covered the agricultural beat, and during which time I wrote an article that later earned me a Colorado Press Association award for best agricultural story.
I graduated from Colorado State University in December 2013 with a bachelor’s in journalism with a minor in agricultural economics.
I also started submitting articles to the Fence Post while in college and have enjoyed continuing to do so ever since.
Q: What are your future plans in ag?
A: My future plans for agriculture are to work on my family farm and learn more about the business so I might take it over one day. I also want to continue writing ag articles and hope to become a good communicator for the ag industry.
Q: What are you doing today to pursue those future plans?
A: I’m currently working on my family farm and am dedicating this year to learning more about every aspect of the farm. I’m also still a continuing writing for the Fence Post and always looking for my next story.
Q: How are your current activities preparing you for that future?
A: Working on my family farm daily is allowing me to learn more about the business side of the farm and not just how to be laborer, like I was. I like learning the “when” and “why” of the decisions that we make, so I might make them on my own in the future.
As for my ag journalism career, I feel that every person I meet and every day I work on my farm better prepares me to be a stronger communicator for the ag industry.
Q: What leaves you optimistic about having a future career in agriculture?
A: We’re always going to need people to produce food and fiber, so I’m confident that a future career in agriculture will be there for me. The growing interest in where our food comes from gives me hope that people will want to keep our agricultural industry strong and thriving.
Q: What do you think the agriculture industry will be like in 25 years?
A: To be honest, I have no idea what the agriculture industry will be like in 25 years. I think technology will continue to be a large part of it and help us be more precise and productive. Perhaps the growing trend of diversified farms will continue and we’ll see more small farms emerge.
But whatever the case may be, I hope that the agriculture industry and the people involved will continue to thrive and be able to feed the world. ❖