I show pigs and goats at the local, state and national levels as well as have my own commercial goat herd (14 does and 9 bucks).
What do you hope to accomplish during your year of service to Missouri FFA?
My plan for my year of service is to get as many people as I can involved in the organization as well as in the industry. I want all Missouri FFA members to know how big of an impact that they can have on the agriculture industry simply by being a member. As well as telling others how they can be involved in agriculture, I want to tell them my agriculture story and how I got to where I am. I hope that will help them become comfortable enough that they can share their agriculture stories with me and the rest of the industry.
What or who motivates and inspires you and why?
My inspiration comes from my grandpa Laverne. Unfortunately, he passed away about four years ago from cancer, but my grandpa was a man that no one could ever forget. He was a farmer, and he knew everyone as well as almost anything. My grandpa was one of those farm guys that lived every day to the fullest, and I can only hope that serving as a state officer I can live my days like my grandpa and give Missouri FFA all that I have each and everyday just as my grandpa did for me.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to attend Northwest Missouri State University to major in agricultural education. Along with that, I hope to leave a lasting impact on Missouri FFA as a state officer. After I graduate from college, I hope to find a job as an agriculture educator at a high school as well as raise show pigs.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
Well, most people do not know that I am scared of the dark as well as birds. Birds are some of the scariest things I think I have ever seen especially when they swoop down at you. Scary stuff!
Advice to FFA Members
My advice to FFA members is to get involved in the organization as much as you possibly can. Not only has this organization helped me understand the agriculture industry, but it has taught me so much more. It has taught me how to be responsible, how to manage my time, as well as how to network with people that I may not know. These skills are some that I can take from this organization and use in everyday life. Not only I have I acquired skills, but I have met many lifelong friends along the way. So get involved and make new friends! You never know when you might find your best friends.