My SAE is a diversified livestock entrepreneurship project where I own a small herd of crossbred heifers, Katahdin hair sheep and a small flock of a variety of brown egg laying hens. I also have a vegetable production placement SAE, which consists of me working in my family’s greenhouse.
What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
My entire life I felt like an outsider before I joined the FFA. Through FFA I was able to find my place of belonging, and this organization has allowed me to discover who I am and who I want to be. Part of what has allowed me to feel this way is the incredible officers I have been a part of my FFA career, and how they have helped make me feel as though I am important. Personally, I wanted to have this same positive effect on other FFA members which is why I strived to serve as a chapter, area and now state officer over the period of my FFA journey.
Who is your hero and why?
I don’t have just one hero. My heroes are the men and women who are farming in America. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been raised on a farm and seen firsthand the struggles many farmers face on a daily basis. Their ability to problem solve, think on their feet and work hard day in and out is incredible, and something I have looked up to from a young age. Without farmers, we would not have food on our plates and clothes on our backs and for that reason today’s farmers are my heroes.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia to major in animal science with an emphasis in animal nutrition, as well as obtain a minor in agribusiness. I plan to pursue a master’s degree and maybe even get my doctorate. Upon the conclusion of my education, I hope to work as an animal nutritionist. Eventually, I hope to one day own and operate my own animal nutrition consulting firm and have a custom mineral mixing mill.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
Several years ago on my birthday I went to a wedding reception at a local ranch where there was a barn full of horses and various carriages. I became good friends with the owner of the property, and he taught me how to hook up and drive a two team draft horse hitch. There are random times throughout the year that I go back to the ranch, hook up some horses, and then fight over who gets to drive.
Advice to FFA Members
My advice to all FFA members is to venture outside of your comfort zone, and take advantage of the opportunities available to you. You never know when the best thing to ever happen to you will occur.