MARYVILLE, Mo. — A Northwest Missouri State University student was named Ms. United States Agriculture, marking the second year in a row a Northwest student took a crown at the Miss United States Agriculture pageant.
Ashley Brincks, a senior animal science student from Carroll, Iowa, was crowned the 2019 Ms. United States Agriculture in June, according to a release from the university. Holly Hatfield, of Kirksville, Missouri, claimed the Miss United States Agriculture crown last year.
Brincks took first place in the interview, essay, onstage question and evening wear categories. It was her first pageant.
“There were so many emotions,” Brincks said in a statement. “We found out when we all went on stage together, we were holding hands waiting for the results. It’s still so surreal.”
Brincks was crowned Ms. Iowa, which made her eligible for the national crown. She spent the last year visiting schools and educating children about the world of agriculture.
“My real goal is to empower young women and to teach them that farming isn’t just for boys,” Brincks said. “Agriculture is seen as something just for men. I am working to teach young women that it’s okay to follow their dreams.”
As a child, Brincks helped her dad raise cattle, hogs, corn, soybeans and alfalfa. Brincks still helps her dad during planting and harvesting seasons at her family’s farm.
“Since the time I started helping my dad on the farm, I’ve never imagined doing anything besides working with livestock and in the animal science industry,” Brincks said. “I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life.”
Brincks said Northwest faculty have prepared her for both her pageant success and her future career. Next year, she will begin working full-time as a marketing and genetics support technician for swine genetics company Topigs Norsvin.
“Jodi Strauch (assistant professor of mass media) has helped me so much,” Brincks said. “She helped me prepare myself for the marketing portion of my job as I will be managing the social media pages for the company. I’m more knowledgeable going into my career already.”
At Northwest, Brincks is a member of Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow and Northwest Collegiate Cattlemen’s Association.