My SAE is centered around diversified livestock production, which includes more than 28 head of registered and commercial Red and black Angus Cattle as well as a small herd of Boer Goats. My project also includes labor exchange by assisting with hay harvest, cattle working and various other farm chores. I show cattle and goats every year at the fair, and am currently breaking cattle for a few people as well.
What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
I was motivated to be a state officer because I want to help give other members an opportunity to be the best that they can be. I want to inspire others so they can inspire others and continue that cycle. I remember how much of a difference state officers made in my life during my freshman year in high school, and I want to be that for someone else. I know what I needed when I was younger, and I want to make sure that I can help in any way that I can. I also want to advocate for agriculture and help change the world for the better.
Who is your hero and why?
My hero is my Uncle JT. He is a great cattleman, husband, uncle and friend. He has taught me so many things about cattle and simultaneously about life. I do not see him as much as I used to but, every time I do it still leaves a big impact on me. He has shown me what it is like to wait for things and how important it is to keep working for what you want in life. He is a hard worker and has taught me about sacrifice, determination and friendship.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future include attending Missouri State University in Springfield with a double major in agricultural education and agricultural communications. I plan to continue showing cattle and goats at our local and state fairs, and continue growing my diversified livestock SAE.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
When I was little I wanted to be a jockey — 5” 10’ later. I love animals of all kinds! I am a huge fan of Marvel and Harry Potter. My eyes change between three different colors — grey, green and blue. And, I love to show my creative side by painting, drawing, singing or writing.
Advice to FFA Members
It does not matter what age you start, it only matters that you started. It does not matter what you came from, only what you choose to leave behind. Everyone has their own ideas about what is important to them and what makes them who they are. You cannot base your own success off of the success you see from others because one day you will have your own success story. Find who you are, and help others find who they are. Never automatically say no to something, give each opportunity a moment and think about how it would affect you. It is okay to be scared, but like John Wayne says saddle up anyway.