Kirksville native wins Miss United States Agriculture Pageant
Kirksville, Mo. —
A 20-year-old Kirksville native received a huge honor in June, winning the title of Miss United States Agriculture.
After competing in the Miss Missouri Agriculture Pageant, Holly Hatfield qualified to attend the national Miss United States Agriculture Pageant in Alabama.
“ I went just to have fun, to meet other girls from other states. I really didn’t think I was going to win because there were plenty of other girls qualified for this position," said Hatfield.
Hatfield has had an interest in agriculture ever since she was a little girl.
“Agriculture is my life and it’s how I’ve been influenced to live from now on.”
Hatfield did not grow up on a farm, but she has been involved in youth agriculture programs ever since she was little.
That interest led her to compete in the national agriculture competition and, in the end, she brought home the title.
“ When she called my name I was like are you sure? You want to count those again?”
Hatfield won the competition competing against 27 other girls.
The pageant consist of seven categories, including an interview, evening wear and a state fun fashion portion.
“ You dress up as your state and how your state is agriculturally inclined. I dressed up as mini mouse with an apron that had all of our seeds that we produce here in Missouri," said Hatfield.
After being crowned Miss United States Agriculture, Hatfield received a crown, sash, prize package and a $2,000 scholarship.
“ I found inspiration in realizing that Missouri agriculture is very important and that coming from a small town is where it all starts.”
Hatfield says agriculture will continue to be a part of her life.
Right now, Hatfield is getting her bachelor's degree in agriculture, agronomy and horticulture.
Her end goal is to obtain her doctorate degree in plant breeding with an emphasis in horticulture.