My SAE has three main components. The first is cattle production, and I raise a small herd of commercial cattle to be sold at our local sale barn. For agriscience, I have completed four agriscience experiments and two World Food Prize research studies. For agriculture communications, over the last four years, I have worked at our local radio station, KMZU, as a farm news correspondent and have engaged in multiple public speaking opportunities.
What do you hope to accomplish during your year of service to Missouri FFA?
Down the mighty Missouri River, into the boot heel, as far as the northern border reaches and deep into the southwestern corner of the great state of Missouri, I hope to help FFA members realize the power of their potential and the world of possibilities waiting for them. Whether students are interested in agriscience or agribusiness, I want to show these young agriculturalists how to become more knowledgeable and empowered members of the agriculture industry.
What or who motivates and inspires you and why?
My siblings and I have not always got along, but since my older sister has gone to college, something has changed. My sister is the first person I want to call when I get first place in something or when I finish dead last. She is always there for me whether it is 2 in the afternoon or 2 in the morning. Over the past four years, I have had to write my fair share of speeches and research papers. Even if it is the night before a speech contest, my sister Tori will read over the paper to check for grammar errors and give me advice on paragraphs that might need emphasis. I often don’t tell her how much I appreciate her, but by watching her throughout her FFA career, I was inspired to follow in her footsteps.
What are your plans for the future?
With my passion for agriculture as the driving factor in my life, I plan to attend the University of Missouri to major in agribusiness management with an emphasis in policy. After my undergraduate degree, I hope to attend law school and study international law. Then, I want to work toward improving in national and international agriculture policy. My future career aspirations include working with the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization or the United States Department of Agriculture. Even though I won’t be directly a part of production agriculture, I hope to work on and influence policy that will be beneficial to farmers like my dad.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
Since I learned about famous explorers in fifth grade, I have wanted to travel the world. This sparked my desire to speak a few different languages. While I am not fluent by any means, I can speak simple Spanish and French, and I am working on Italian!
Advice to FFA Members
One of my biggest pieces of advice for FFA members is to get involved. FFA is what you make it, and you have so many opportunities to dive in! If you’re passionate about fighting hunger, attend the Missouri State Fair Food Insecurity Day. If you really enjoy discovering how plants grow, create an agriscience experiment. And if you want to become the best shot in your region, join an FFA trapshooting team! If you don’t get involved, you won’t have the chance to meet future best friends and learn things that will last a lifetime. So get involved and cultivate tomorrow, today!