Agriculture Business Management and Animal Science
Throughout my SAE, I have raised a variety of animals including channel catfish, laying hens, broiler chickens, meat turkeys, beef cattle, market hogs and Bobwhite Quail for meat, egg and wholesale production. In addition, I have worked on several local row crop, viticulture and agribusiness operations.
What do you hope to accomplish during your year of service to Missouri FFA?
During my year of service to Missouri FFA, I hope to instill the same passion for agriculture and the FFA organization which was shown to me by state officers and older FFA members. I know that without those experiences I would not be where I am today. I hope that even if members don’t remember my name or face, they will remember my actions of motivation and inspiration to Missouri FFA members throughout the year.
What or who motivates and inspires you and why?
The two key motivators and sources of inspiration in my life are opportunities and my father. Having the opportunity to achieve a big reward or goal has provided me with motivation to always work my hardest. My father has also provided inspiration and support when I needed it the most. Whether I needed a new perspective or a final push to help me reach a goal, my Dad has always supported every crazy idea or decision.
What are your plans for the future?
Through the University of Missouri I plan to graduate with a dual major in Agriculture Business Management and Animal Science. With this degree I plan to pursue a management position within a livestock production operation or return to the family farm to continue raising beef cattle and row crops. As I have grown older, I have realized my love for hard work and production agriculture at the heart of the agriculture industry.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
One unique fact that few people know about me is that I have the opportunity to work in a viticulture operation run by my grandparents in Central Missouri. Viticulture is a growing part of my heart and is a new learning experience providing a different aspect of agriculture other than traditional row crops.
Advice to FFA Members
My advice to FFA members is to look for the positive side of every situation no matter how bad it may seem. Way too often it seems that when things don’t turn out the way we want to or a specific goal isn’t met, we become stubborn or stuck on the problem and don’t know how to keep moving forward. My advice is to look for the positives of each experience, especially when an obstacle seems impossible, because if you work hard enough for the right reasons, you will prevail. It may not be the outcome you originally sought, but may be a better result because you didn’t give up.