Emily Nelson, VP


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Joplin FFA


Joplin, Missouri


University of Missouri-Columbia


Agricultural Communications

Emily Nelson, VP
SAE Project:
  • Service Learning – I am training a guide dog for the Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Center. I work on basic obedience and socialization with my German Shepherd puppy, Juni.
  • Goat Production – I raise Boer Goats, including a yearling doe and market wethers,  that I show during the summer. 
What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?

When I first joined FFA I looked up to the area officers. The Area 9 Greenhand Conference got me excited about serving FFA members. Once I became an area officer, I knew that FFA was my passion and I could not deny myself the opportunity to meet so many amazing FFA members by serving as a state FFA officer.

Who is your hero and why?

My hero is a friend I made through FFA. Mike Garrett has welcomed me into his family and allowed me to keep my goats on his farm so that I could show animals at the fair. His unconditional support of my agriculture journey has allowed me to grow into the leader I am today. I met him and his family as a shy, little 7th grader with braces. I did not know that he would have such an impact on my life. I am grateful for his support and passion for agriculture. I could not be where I am today without the help of members of my community such as Mike.

What are your plans for the future?

My future is entirely open to whatever comes my way. I plan to take every opportunity that I can to better myself and further my passion for agriculture. My plans include studying  agricultural communications at the University of Missouri. Beyond that I hope  to continue advocating for agriculture!

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

I have played violin for nine years, beginning when I was in fourth grade. Orchestra was my main passion before I fell in love with FFA. I still love to play classical music but I find it a bit challenging to play since having a spinal fusion. Which brings up another interesting fact, I have 26 screws and 2 rods in my back.

Advice to FFA Members

Dive all in! Take every opportunity to go to the events that FFA has to offer. I remember my freshman year; the best memories were made when I was on an FFA trip.