Speaking from experience and before a packed auditorium, livestock management expert Doctor Temple Grandin opened this weekend’s Missouri Livestock Symposium in Kirksville. Before her keynote address Friday, she visited with Regional Radio farm director Kyle Hill and stressed the importance of ensuring that students learn practical skills while in school.

Grandin was diagnosed with autism at a young age, but stressed that she was first a scientist, designer, and professor.

Doctor Temple Grandin is an animal sciences professor at Colorado State University. During her visit to Kirksville, she also addressed area educators on how to effectively teach students who are on the autism spectrum.