Diversified Agricultural Production. On my family farm, I raise Charolais/Angus cattle and have my own small herd of Dexter cattle. The summer before I began high school I developed Andi M. Mums where I raised 300 to sell. In the summer, I help my father with his custom fescue harvest and run combines. My family farm also produces hay to feed my cattle during the winter.
What do you hope to accomplish during your year of service to Missouri FFA?
I want to have a “servant’s heart.” To me this means giving members the ability to believe in themselves, one small act at a time. I wish to show students the full potential of not only FFA, but also the agriculture industry. When I began high school, I remember how state officers made me feel CAPABLE, and I wish for every FFA member to feel that same joy. To me, it is more than giving back to the members, it is also giving back to the industry that supported me throughout my journey, so I hope to do that as well.
What or who motivates and inspires you and why?
One person that truly motivates and inspires me is my agriculture teacher. Coming from an incredibly small school, we had a struggling chapter before Miss Ficken came along. With her kind, compassionate, and determined heart, she has transformed not only our chapter, but my life. Through every hardship of high school, she was always there for me. Along with these admirable qualities, she is quick with corny jokes and can always bring joy to her students’ faces. Without her motivation and encouragement, I would not be where I am today.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to attend Missouri State University to pursue a degree in agriculture business then land a job in the agricultural sales or agricultural lending career field. In the professional world, I plan on traveling to make an impact on the lives of agriculturalists.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
As a senior prank, I decided to raise Betta fish in my locker with my best friend. They lived in there an entire year and to this day, no one but my friend knows about it. But the secret is out now. We are FFA knowledge nerds, so we named them after past national presidents, Corey and Leslie.
Advice to FFA Members
FFA has taught me two things, commitment and drive, and with these two qualities, the sky’s the limit to what you can do. Decide what you want to be, and go be it. Nothing is holding you back other than the person you were yesterday. When others along your path distract you from your goal, push on to the journey you want to create for yourself.