Missouri FFA and Agriculture Education | Kate Thompson, Vice President
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Kate Thompson, Vice President

VICE PRESIDENT 2019-2020

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Columbia FFA

HOMETOWN

Columbia, Missouri

COLLEGE

University of Missouri – Columbia

MAJOR

Agribusiness Management

Kate Thompson
SAE Project

Diversified Livestock Production and Swine Placement

What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?

When my advisor asked me if I wanted to run for state office, I immediately said no. I thought that I didn’t have the heart or the drive, and I didn’t think that I was “state officer material.” But as I went through my senior year, I realized I did not believe in myself. I discovered my capacity and my abilities. I discovered my potential, l and I realized that I needed to help members find their potential as well.

Who is your hero and why?

My hero is my mom because of her drive and dedication to whatever task is handed to her. Not only that, but she taught me the most valuable lesson thus far in life: question everything. She taught me to be an independent thinker and to make my own decisions.

What are your plans for the future?

After graduating from the University of Missouri, I want to pursue my doctorate in agricultural economics and get a job as a professor at a major land grant university. I would also like to start and maintain a registered Wagyu beef operation while teaching.

What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?

I lived in Australia for more than 10 years on a beef cattle feedlot.

Advice to FFA Members

Fail. All the time. Put yourself out there and give it your all. Take risks and if they work out, GREAT! But if not, get back up, dust yourself off and keep going.