Associate Professor of Agriculture
MS, Veterinary Physiology, University of Missouri
PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia
What made you decide to specialize in agriculture?
I grew up on a large crop and diversified livestock farm. I went to school to become a veterinarian, got married, and then we moved away after my husband lost his job. I had a career path change before finishing vet school, and spent three years in Wisconsin managing a dairy operation. Later, I came back to Missouri and went to work for the University of Missouri Extension as a regional dairy specialist.
What was your favorite course in college and why?
My favorite was the animal reproduction classes because I’m really interested in animal reproductive physiology. While working at the Extension, I got a teaching certificate so I could teach at the high school level, and I really enjoyed that also.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
Working with the students and hopefully helping them find a career they will enjoy and be successful. It’s fun seeing the light bulbs go off in their heads.
What advice would you give a current or prospective student?
Put the effort in. So many students experience their first taste of freedom and think they don’t have to go to class. Also, get involved. It’s always easier with a support system, and friends doing the same things you’re doing make it easier.
What would you say to a student interested in pursuing a career in agriculture?
Opportunities are endless, and there’s never been a higher demand for college graduates in the field of agriculture. You might not make all the money in the world, but you can live a lifestyle you might prefer.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I like to do a wide variety of things. I like to read, boat and kayak, and I judge and go to a lot of horse shows in my free time.