My name is Tiffany Faughn and I am an agriculture student at Missouri State University. I’m currently majoring in Agriculture Business with a minor in Animal Science. Agriculture, everything agriculture related, hunting, fishing, horses and the great outdoors are not only my hobbies, but my passions.
I was born in Kansas City, MO and spent the next twelve years of my young life in Garden City, MO. I have an older sister (Jess) and twin brother (Mike) who have greatly impacted my life and played a major role in who I am today. My parents owned five acres that were surrounded by corn and soybean fields. My sister first put me up on a horse when I was three years old and from that day forward I never stopped begging to ride. By the time I was five my parents bought me and her our first horse, a bay Arabian mare. When we ran out of fun, adventurous things to do on our own land the neighboring farmers let us ride around their fields as long as we didn’t actually ride into the crops. By age eight me and Jess were entering local horse shows almost every weekend. I was the happiest kid alive. We did various disciplines of riding ranging from trail riding to western pleasure to trying our hand at running barrels.
When I wasn’t busy with the horses and my sister I was out hunting and target practicing with my twin brother. My brother is due the most credit for my passionate love of hunting. I had to keep up with him somehow! Our dad bought us our first gun when we started Kindergarten. Once again, the awesome neighbor farmers let us hunt their fields and surrounding tree lines as long as we didn’t damage the crops. Little did I know that the interaction I had with those farmers at such a young age would impact me so much as I chose the career I wanted for the rest of my life.
The summer I was twelve my parents decided to move away from Cass County and make a new home in little tiny Shell Knob, MO. My sister and horses stayed in Cass County and I was forced to start over. After a few years of saving and meeting new people I bought a new horse and ventured into the world of dressage, stadium jumping and eventing. I competed and trained all through high school. When it came time to choose where to go to college and what to major in I caught myself feeling torn. At that point, I wanted to take my horse to college with me, participate in a show team and major in physical therapy. Turns out, those plans weren’t for me. I ended up selling my dressage horse during my senior year of high school. I had come to grips with just how expensive it would be to take him to college with me.
I started college at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS and majored in physical therapy. I wasn’t there long before I realized I wasn’t majoring in what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and Pittsburg was not the town for me. With the encouragement of my good friend, Lance Eley, I made the transfer to Missouri State were I initially started as an animal science major.
I love Missouri State and I especially love how much it has taught me about agriculture, the importance of it, the careers it offers, and most of all the importance of educating the general public about what goes on in agriculture. There is a misconception today that since you didn’t grow up as a farmer, you don’t know what farming is, how it works, and what goes on at the small, medium and large farm levels. Also, that agriculture is just “farming.” Well, I’m here to tell you agriculture is MUCH more that just “farming,” and you didn’t have to grow up on a farm to understand agriculture and be a part of it. My goal is that through this blog I can educate the general public on various parts of agriculture and the importance of them.