Parsons, Kansas —
Farm Talk recently hired Laura Mushrush of Strong City, Kansas, as Associate Editor.
Mushrush, a 2013 graduate from Kansas State University, received her bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and journalism and minor in animal sciences and industry.
The daughter of a ranching couple from the heart of the Flint Hills, Mushrush’s roots run deep in agriculture, especially the cattle industry.
“I am excited to have a job where I can work with different sectors of the ag industry,” said Mushrush. “This will help make me a more rounded individual and promoter of agriculture.”
Her involvement in her family’s purebred Red Angus operation and the National Junior Red Angus Association (JRA) began when she purchased her first heifer from her grandpa at the age of seven.
In high school she served on the JRA board for two years. Following graduation she continued her education at Fort Scott Community College, competing on the Meats team.
“My team won the National Championship in 2010, which was a definite highlight of my college career,” she said.
After finishing her sophomore judging season, she transferred to Kansas State University in January 2011.
A year later, Mushrush moved to Bozeman, Montana, and spent a semester working for the American Simmental Association as a publications intern.
Connections she made during her time at ASA led her to work the summer on the E.L. Peterson Ranch, Judith Gap, Mont., a diverse livestock and crop operation.
“My time spent working in Montana opened my eyes to how unique individual operations and regions are,” Mushrush added. “It also made me realize how strong my passion is for the ag industry and the people in it.”
Upon returning to K-State in August 2012, Mushrush started interning with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Topeka, Kan., on the marketing team.
In her spare time, Mushrush enjoys photography, collecting Native American jewelry and spending time with family on their ranch.
“I am happy to be back in southeast Kansas and working for Farm Talk,” she concluded. £