Who I am: Karly Hanson

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Hello everyone, my name is Karly Hanson and I reside in the great state of Montana. I haveKCLASS2016 (42) grown up in “Big Sky Country” my whole life, where I have always been around agriculture. I just recently graduated from Flathead High School and am excited for this opportunity with Raised in a Barn, so I wanted to share a little bit about myself. I am an absolute coffee addict! If I could drink coffee, all day long I would! My favorite color is definitely teal, what can I say I love it! My nickname is “The Diva” and I actually got this from my Ag. Teacher because I tend to be a bit competitive and like to look good while doing it! There's nothing wrong with that, right? :) One of my favorite memories as a child was going to our county fair and walking through the livestock barn and seeing IMG_3752all of the older kids show their animals. My mom was the one who got me started showing lambs in 4-H when I was eight yearsIMG_5067 old, and I’ve been in and out of the show ring ever since. I have earned multiple titles in the ring including both market and showmanship. I truly have the heart of a showman!

When I started high school I made the decision to join our FFA Chapter, I can honestly say that was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my entire life! I hit the ground running, I started with Livestock Judging and pretty soon was involved in literally EVERYTHING! I have competed on over 10 CDE or Career Development Event teams and competing at the National level twice in Livestock Judging, once at National Convention, and again at the National Western Roundup in Denver, Colorado. Although I was never elected as an officer I was constantly involved and serving my chapter in a leadership position. I am so 15645899513_0171d2db88_opassionate about agriculture.

One of my favorite quotes is this, “An industry that feeds you is an industry worth fighting for.” This is ultimately why I chose to go into Agriculture Communications, I believe in telling our personal stories is the best way to educate the public on the importance of agriculture. In a couple of months, I am going to be starting a new chapter in my life as I head off to Casper College in Casper, Wyoming to study Agriculture Communications with a minor in Livestock Production. I will also be competing on the Livestock Judging team as well as continuing my showing career! With being on the Raised in a Barn team I am hoping to reach out to the American public and express the importance of agriculture in every capacity!

I would love to answer any questions you all might have about myself, showing, or agriculture so feel free to follow me on Instagram @kkh2016 or message me on Facebook and thank you again! I am looking forward to helping spread the story of agriculture and am proud to say I was in fact raised in a barn!

-Karly Hanson

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