Fueling Knowledge — Lorryn Bolte
Fueling Knowledge with Lorryn Bolte
Growing up, Lorryn Bolte – who now farms near Bowling Green, Missouri, in Pike County – was an active member of 4-H and FFA, and her family’s hobby farm gave her opportunities to show cattle and pigs and care for horses. When it came time to choose an FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience, she started a small project with layer hens that blossomed into a 500-bird operation that fueled her love of the poultry industry. Through high school and college Lorryn maintained her Missouri Dealer/Retail License and sold eggs locally.
Lorryn continued #FuelingKnowledge of her industry by attending the University of Missouri to major in animal science and minor in international agriculture business. As the University did not offer a poultry course of study, she applied for and attend the Midwest Poultry Consortium. Her Consortium studies spanned two summer internships. She spent one summer at Wilmer Poultry in Minnesota working with turkeys and expanding her overall commercial experience, and one summer in Columbia, Missouri, at the Poultry Research Facility. Lorryn has been successful in marketing, sales and international product training, serving poultry producers worldwide. One of Lorryn’s main passions is making sure consumers understand that pride producers have in taking care of their animals.
“We take great pride in our animals and take care of them to the best of our abilities,” Lorryn said.
She has come back home to Pike County to roost with a layer operation and a great remote marketing career in the agriculture industry. She now has a small layer flock and a Missouri license to sell her eggs directly to consumers and restaurants in Pike County and the surrounding area. She uses the opportunity of selling her products to share her knowledge about birds and the industry with her customers. She describes the birds as “fascinating” in their ability to provide affordable daily protein.
Lorryn continues fueling knowledge by volunteering with the Missouri CommonGround, Miss Rodeo Missouri, and serves on the agriculture advisory committee for the local FFA chapter in Bowling Green.