Yang finishes 2nd in agricultural communications proficiency award area

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

COLUMBIA -- Hli Yang of Rocky Comfort, received the second-place Missouri FFA Agricultural Communications Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Proficiency Award at the 86th Missouri FFA Convention.

Yang, a graduate of Wheaton High School, is the daughter of Toua and Chao Yang. Yang is a member of the Wheaton FFA Chapter. Her FFA advisors are David Bolton and Eric Roller.

Yang knew, as soon as she entered her first agricultural class and joined FFA, that a career in agriculture was her future.

"I have always enjoyed the aspect of sharing information with others to spread the word of our industry of agriculture," said Yang.

After graduating high school, Yang found the opportunity to explore the career area she wanted. Talon Media in southwest Missouri was offering an internship to college students. She shadowed various positions, learning how to program and code the schedule for the radio stations.

She also co-hosted Farming in the Four States focusing on local agricultural opportunities, challenges and issues. She was given the opportunity to work with the sales manager selling advertising packages. Yang also was named the social media specialist to design Facebook pages for multiple radio stations.

Yang is currently a freshman at the University of Missouri majoring in agricultural journalism. She still is working with Talon Media and is active in the MU Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow.

Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Agricultural Communications is one of 50 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. The Missouri Young Farmers and Young Farm Wives sponsored this award.