Minor, Animal Science and Agribusiness Mgmt
My SAE is made up of three components. The first piece is beef production. My family runs a herd of registered Polled Hereford cattle, and I own a few cows and our herd bull. The second piece is placement where I have worked for multiple veterinary operations. The third piece, which is also my favorite, is my flock of registered Hampshire sheep. I enjoy raising and selling market and show lambs to 4-H and FFA members to show at the fair.
What do you hope to accomplish during your year of service to Missouri FFA?
This year, I hope to encourage fellow FFA members to explore the industry of agriculture, find their passions and rise to their full potential through FFA.
What or who motivates and inspires you and why?
My uncle, John Ridder, is one of my role models by inspiring me to be my best. Running a family farm is something that I hope to do in the future. My uncle has expanded his operation such that it now includes him being a sales rep for several other companies. He believes in the products he represents because they have helped him improve his registered Polled Hereford operation. He also enjoys reaching out to other producers to help them better their farms as well. He is a perfect example of servant leadership, as he serves on multiple boards and committees at the local, state, and national levels. In his “free time”, he can be found in the barn at the fair offering help, support, and advice to any kid who needs it.
What are your plans for the future?
Following college graduation, I hope to work with my uncle and grandfather. I hope to bring something to the table to help further improve the family operation.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
I love to sing. I enjoy listening to most types of music, and I think that singing and dancing is one of the best ways to connect with others. Plus, it’s fun to do!
Advice to FFA Members
Explore the opportunities that FFA presents and take advantage of challenges because that is how you grow, and that is how you learn to rise to the occasion.