Emily Beal remembers growing up listening to her father and grandfather talk about markets or about planting conditions on the Ohio corn, soybean and wheat farm that’s been in her family for generations.

“Growing up, I was always around the ag industry, and it was something that just came second nature to me,” she says.

She also discovered her desire to write and use her voice, which led her to pursue a career in agriculture journalism.

“So it was just merging two things I was passionate about,” she says.

Beal, 23, has joined Agweek as a multimedia journalist based in Fargo, N.D., and will cover agriculture and rural issues in the region in Agweek magazine, AgweekTV and agweek.com.

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“I am really just excited about learning about the region and the differences in the ag industry more west than in Ohio,” she says.

Beal graduated in May from The Ohio State University with a degree in agricultural communications. Prior to college, she was active in 4-H and FFA and was an FFA national proficiency winner in goat production. Her family raises goats that she and her brother have shown and sold to other 4-H members. She also was active in showing horses under the jumper discipline.

Beal says the hardest part about moving from Ohio to North Dakota has been leaving friends and family behind, but she’s excited to jump in and learn about agriculture in a new place.

Beal can be reached at ebeal@agweek.com.