My SAE includes buying and raising market show pigs. Throughout the summer, I show the pigs at local county fairs. In addition, I raise broiler chickens and butcher them to sell to buyers. My placement SAE includes working at the Galt Hometown Grocery Store as a cashier and a meat room assistant. Finally, I work at the KTTN Radio Station as a board operator and the host of the radio show “Farm Fact Friday, with Fox.”
What do you hope to accomplish during your year of service to Missouri FFA?
Throughout my year of service, I want to help members both find and achieve their goals. When I began FFA in high school, I planned what I wanted to accomplish while in the organization and I mapped out how to complete my goals. I want to be able to pass this knowledge on to the members while I am a state officer. I want to motivate those members who are unsure of what they want to accomplish and help them find it. For those members who already have identified their goals, I hope to help them be successful and complete what they set out to do.
What or who motivates and inspires you and why?
I believe what motivates me the most is my goals for the future. Growing up my parents have always taught me to set goals and work to achieve them. By setting goals, I become engaged and passionate in laying out the tasks to achieve them. As an individual I look forward to achieving a goal I had set to complete.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future includes attending North Central Missouri College (NCMC) to obtain a degree in Ag Science with a minor in Ag Communications. After I complete the one year program at NCMC I will transfer to Northwest Missouri State University to complete my education. When my undergraduate work is complete, my ultimate goal is to work in an agricultural corporation in the media or communication department and advocate for agriculture.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
I am a second generation state officer. My dad served on the Missouri FFA State Officer team from 1981-1982 as the Vice President from Area 7 in Neosho, Missouri.
Advice to FFA Members
My advice to FFA members would be to get out of your comfort zone and try something new! Don’t let your fears hold you back from what you are interested in or find exciting within the FFA. I know that when I was in high school, I was so nervous to try something new; however, your time in the FFA goes by so quickly! So while you are a member, take advantage of every opportunity that comes to you. Whether it is attending FFA Camp or just going to a chapter event. Attend that new activity and break the walls of your comfort zone!