Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Welcome Our Intern Charlotte Jackson

Discovery is not a new word in Charlotte Jackson’s vocabulary. Charlotte has just started on a new road of discovery at the Missouri Department of Agriculture. As the Marketing Intern covering farmers' markets, organics and Agritourism, Charlotte will be putting together a Missouri Farmers' Market Database, organizing the Missouri Farmers' Market Start-Up Handbook, designing brochures and advertising materials, developing a step by step guide on how to become certified organic, making trips to the markets, visiting with organic and Agritourism producers and much more!

Charlotte grew up on a small dairy cattle operation in northeast Missouri where her family raised registered Holsteins. Her agricultural involvement has since expanded to include a variety of experiences—Charlotte, her two sisters, and her mom currently raise replacement Holstein heifers, beef cattle, and sheep in New Cambria, Missouri.

Last fall, Charlotte began her studies at the University of Missouri where she majoring in Agricultural Education (Leadership and Communications emphasis) with a minor in Agricultural Economics. Charlotte stays active in campus activities where she is serving as the President of Mizzou Collegiate 4-H, Program Development Chair for the Agricultural Education Society, and is a member of Mizzou Collegiate Cattlewomen and the CAFNR Student Development Board. Charlotte is also a current Regional Representative for the Northeast region on the Missouri State 4-H Council and the Historian of the Missouri Junior Holstein Association. In the free time after her extra-curricular activities, Charlotte has held a part-time job at the Missouri 4-H Center for Youth Development her first year at the University of Missouri.

Charlotte is passionate about agriculture in every aspect and still enjoys 4-H and FFA activities. She continues to show her livestock at the Missouri State Fair as well as numerous county and district fairs. She loves to be outdoors and visit her family and friends in northeast Missouri as much as possible.

Discovery is a lifelong process. In agriculture, there is always room for innovation and discovery. Charlotte believes there is always something new in agriculture—and that is exactly what she is out to find with her internship this summer!

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