Agriculture Business Management
Minor, Animal Science and Agricultural Education – Leadership
My Supervised Agricultural Experience is mainly Swine Production Entrepreneurship, where I raise farrow to finish market hogs, show stock for local county fairs and replacement breeding gilts for my family and other producers in the area. I also work for Profits Point Farm LLC, raising swine, cattle and row crops. In addition, I helped at T Bar S Cattle Company with show cattle for a short period of time.
What do you hope to accomplish during your year of service to Missouri FFA?
I have always loved to interact with people who are very passionate about what they do. During my year of service, I hope I can help inspire at least one person to follow their passion. If I can convince them anything is possible then I can rest assured they will continue to share the same inspiration for years to come, thus creating a chain affect helping numerous people to strive for their passion.
What or who motivates and inspires you and why?
My biggest inspiration in life is God. He sent his only son to die for my sins. I try to live everyday with the selflessness and love God shows each and every one of us. Another huge inspiration for me is my family. They continuously show me what hard work and dedication looks like and are always my biggest supporters. FFA members motivate me to be my best on every day. Their passion and care for others has the power to brighten the darkest of days. Finally, myself in ten years serves as an inspiration. If I am always working toward what I want my future self to be I will continue to improve as an individual.
What are your plans for the future?
Over the next four years I hope to obtain extensive knowledge in agriculture business, leadership and animal science while at Mizzou. After graduating from college, I plan to return to production agriculture as a full-time career. In addition to farming I hope to play a part in promoting the industry by becoming involved in consumer discussion panels and motivational speaking for the next generation of agriculturalists. I would also like to start a family and be able to teach my kids about farming and agriculture as a whole.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
As most people who get to know me will quickly find out, I am a huge John Deere fan. When I was in the third grade, my teacher caught on to my love of the best tractor in the world. Mrs. Hagenhoff started a tally on her board to see how many different John Deere shirts I owned. I believe the grand total was twelve.
Advice to FFA Members
Don’t wait. Those are simple words, but as every FFA member winds down their journey in the blue jacket, they will have a large significance. In order to give each member the best advice, I decided to think back to my freshmen year and pick something I would change about my own journey. My FFA experience so far phenomenal but sometimes I wish I would have jumped at more opportunities. You only get a few years in this organization, make the most of it. Never be afraid to step outside your comfort zone to try new things. Always give every experience 110% instead of saying, “maybe next year.” If you continuously experience new things while trying your absolute hardest, then the FFA will provide you with priceless memories, countless tools and most importantly, irreplaceable friendships.