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Student Spotlight: Braeden Coon

Braeden Coon is a student in the Oklahoma State University Department of Animal and Food Sciences. He is majoring in animal science with a degree option in agricultural communications (double major).
Student Spotlight: Braeden Coon

Braeden Coon

Meet Braeden Coon!

Braeden is originally from Mountain View, Oklahoma. He grew up in a rural community where his family has farmed the same land for three generations. They raise wheat, cattle, and show pigs. His father also teaches agricultural education at Mountain View-Gotebo public schools.

“My personal passion for agriculture is attributed to the show pig operation,” said Braeden. “Growing up, I was heavily involved in 4-H and FFA. I would not be the person I am if it weren’t for my agricultural background.”

Both of Braeden’s parents graduated from Oklahoma State University. For him, the decision to follow in their foot steps was an easy one.

“Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a Cowboy. As I got older, I knew I wanted to study agriculture in college. When it came time to decide, Oklahoma State was already home.”

Braeden was able to find many student activities to become involved in at OSU. As a freshman, he was a member of the President’s Leadership Council. He is currently a Leader of Excellence in Animal and Food Sciences (LEAF), the vice-president of the OSU Swine Club, the treasurer of the Meat Science Association, and a member of the 2019 Meat Judging Team. He also served in the Freshmen in Transition (FIT) program as a Student Academic Mentor during his sophomore year.

“Animal and food sciences at Oklahoma State is the absolute largest ‘small’ community I have ever been a part of. There is never a time I do not walk in the building and see someone I know. Furthermore, the professors and faculty pay so much mind to the students. I am always greeted when I see one of them on campus or around Stillwater. Furthermore, this is the greatest animal and food science department in the country. We foster success in everything that is done here.”

Braeden is also working in Gretchen Mafi’s meat science lab as an undergraduate research assistant. After working in the lab, he has found a new desire to attend graduate school to study meat science. He looks forward to where his meat science research and meat judging experience might lead him.

“Being involved with the department in this way has allowed me to learn so much beyond the classroom. It has made me realize how much really goes into the meat industry. Furthermore, it has given me the opportunity to build relationships with graduate students and faculty.”

Braeden is majoring in animal science with an agricultural communications (double major) degree option.

“I have always loved the communications industry, especially digital marketing and layout and design. However, just studying that would not have been interesting to me. With this option, I am able to combine my passion for animal agriculture and my interest in communications work. My roots are with the animals, and this option allowed me to continue with my passion.”

Braeden wants to use his degree to create a positive impact on the agricultural industry. His career goal is to be the communications director for either a major livestock show or food company.



Rebekah Alford
Animal and Food Sciences Communications
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078

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