For our fourth and final post of the Beef and the Heart series, Morgan Kuecklehan, who is active in agricultural organizations at the University of Missouri, works to promote the beef community because she knows she and her peers are the future of the industry. Morgan uses her passion and leadership to educate consumers on campus and on social media about the importance of beef and the cattle industry for her future and for the good of agriculture.
See our first two blog posts of the series here:
I grew up on my family’s farm in central Missouri. Working on the farm has instilled a great love and passion for the beef industry. I loved coming home from school everyday and doing chores, playing with my bucket calves, washing my show heifers, or getting to help work our cows going out to the spring pastures. It was hard work but it was all worth it. There is nothing more exciting to me than seeing baby calves in the pasture in the spring or receiving that purple ribbon at the state fair. There is a great pride and joy in raising cattle. I started raising my own herd of cows as a 4-H project when I was 12. I now have 15 cows that I look forward coming home to every weekend while I’m in college. I cherish my years growing up on the farm and in the future I want my own kids to have the same great opportunity I did.
The beef industry is my passion. It taught me responsibility and dependability, both are vital skills that I carry with me through college and into the future. Throughout college I have strived to educate others about the beef industry. By being a member of the Mizzou Collegiate CattleWomen, I have visited many classrooms across the state teaching kids the importance of the industry and the value of beef in a nutritious diet. I have also worked on campus with programs such as Meet Your Meat, an event where we educate Mizzou students about where beef comes from. I find this education very important because a majority of the population is moving farther away from the family farm.
Words can’t express how valuable the beef industry is to me. No matter what, I will always stay apart of the industry and do my best to educate others about what it means to me. Beef is an important part of a healthy diet, and raising cattle is a passion and way of life for cattlemen and women across the nation.
A college-friendly recipe from a friendly college student
Super-easy Sloppy Joes
- 1lb. ground beef
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 tbsp. vinegar
- Salt and pepper
Brown ground beef in a skillet and drain. Add sugar, ketchup, vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix well and let simmer on medium for about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns and enjoy!