Farm Talk would like to introduce the newest member of the team, Associate Editor, Danielle Beard.
Growing up in mostly urban areas of Louisiana and Oklahoma, she discovered a love for agriculture after moving to the small rural town of Fairland, Okla., in high school. It was there where she became involved in showing livestock and leadership activities through her FFA chapter.
Beard continued her agricultural education after high school at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Okla. Along with typical classes, she took courses and went through training to become a Wildland Firefighter, and eventually became the first woman to earn NEO’s “Top Firedawg” award.
After transferring to Oklahoma State University, as an agriculture communications major, she was given the opportunity to intern for KOSU where she delivered the hourly evening news and weather updates.
It was also at OSU she discovered her second love: photography.
“I found that photography could be just like writing,” Beard said. “Both tell a story.”
After completing the photography course through OSU she went on to intern for Artworks Tulsa photography as a back-up photographer where she was able to gain more experience. She continues to work on her photography through freelance opportunities.
A recent graduate of Oklahoma State University in Agriculture Communications with a minor in Ag Economics, Beard said she is excited to begin her career with Farm Talk.
Coming from a non-traditional ag background she said she hopes to write about agriculture in a way that is informative to Farm Talk readers as well as spark the interest of new readers that may not be as involved in agriculture but are looking to learn more.
She believes it is the job of everyone in ag to reach out and educate the general public.
“I was a suburban kid, but because someone was willing to take the time to introduce me to the world of ag I am where I am today,” Beard said. “I hope through Farm Talk I am able to do the same for others.”£