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Mister makes Miss Maryland Agriculture dream reality
By SEAN CLOUGHERTY
TIMONIUM, Md. (Sept. 2) — Though Jordan Mister was shocked to hear her name called as Miss Maryland Agriculture for 2014, she had been thinking about that very moment for years.
“I’ve had dreams of this since practically I was born,” Mister said in an emptying Cow Palace show ring following the Maryland State Fair’s 4-H and FFA Livestock Sale, one day after winning the title on Aug. 22. “I couldn’t believe it. I was so excited for the girls that made it to the court, I wasn’t thinking about it being me.”
Proof of that long held dream is in a scrapbooked photo of 2-year-old Jordan at the fair with contestants for what was then called the Maryland Farm Bureau Queen.
In the photo, Jordan’s shirt reads “It’s not easy being princess.”
Being an agricultural ambassador for the Maryland Farm Bureau for the next year may not be always easy, but Jordan, the 16-year-old daughter of Mark and Dawn Mister and granddaughter of former Maryland Agriculture Secretary Hagner Mister, said she expects it to be fun.
“I expect to meet a lot of new people and visit a lot of farms,” Jordan said. “I look forward to sharing the importance of agriculture with the general public, especially the younger generation. There’s a lot of things kids can know about agriculture just to help them when they walk through the supermarket.”
Over the next 12 months, Jordan will serve in several capacities as Miss Maryland Agriculture, promoting the state’s farming industry at various events, visiting schools, and meeting with legislators and state officials.
Along with those opportunities, Jordan received $13,000 in scholarships from Farm Bureau, Maryland State Fair and other groups.
Joining her as agriculture ambassadors for Farm Bureau are first runner-up Anna Linthicum from Montgomery County, second runner-up Shelby Hahn from Frederick County, third runner-up Casey Roberts of Kent County and fourth runner-up Katelin Johnson of Howard County.
“I loved all the girls this year and the entire court I couldn’t be prouder,” Jordan said.
After determining she would meet the age requirement for the state competition — she turned 16 on Aug. 7 — Jordan was selected Miss Calvert County Farm Bureau in mid July and began preparing.
“I had plans to do it next year,” Jordan said. “We did a lot in a little bit of time.”
Like farming, participating in the competition runs in the family, as Jordan’s mother won at the county level in 1989 going onto the state competition.
Both of Jordan’s parents grew up on Southern Maryland tobacco farms. After taking the state tobacco buyout, the farms in her family changed, growing produce and other crops.
On their farm in Huntingtown, Jordan and her brother Cody raise market hogs and goats and this year she leased a beef heifer to show at her county fair. She’s a member of the Battle Creek 4-H Club and plays field hockey and lacrosse and is involved in student government at Huntingtown High School.
As for the years after her reign as Miss Maryland Agriculture, Jordan said she’s “loved medicine since I was really little” and hopes to be able to pursue a career in that field. But agriculture is something she always wants to remain involved in and share stories of the “proud days of tobacco growing” with future generations.
“I really want to keep my children involved and pass down the tobacco story that’s been passed down to me,” Jordan said.