Ag Sales Placement: I am employed by Moyer Farms, a produce farm where I work in the store and help manage all of the produce that comes in and out of the barn.
Diversified Livestock Placement/Entrepreneurship: My brothers and I own and operate JR Livestock, a show lamb and pig business, and I also work for my parents doing the same thing.
What motivated you to want to become a Missouri FFA officer?
I have grown up in agriculture and around FFA. The first FFA event that I got to experience was FFA Camp before my freshman year. I went with a different chapter and knew absolutely no one besides a few ag teachers. While there, I really got to know some of the state officers and it showed me all the possibilities FFA has to offer. Over the past four years of my FFA career I have had the opportunity to connect with members and industry leaders, create lifelong friendships, and grow as an agriculturalist. FFA has given me so much and I decided that, for me, the way I wanted to give back to Missouri FFA and everyone in it, was to serve as a state officer.
Who is your hero and why?
I have a couple heroes. The first being my parents. They instilled in me the importance of living out my faith and also the love of agriculture. They push me to pursue my dreams and to achieve things I never thought were possible. The second is Tyne Morgan Hulsey. She is an amazing agriculturalist and has done so much for the industry. She, too, has helped me in many ways and I think that she is such a cool person.
What are your plans for the future?
I am attending the University of Missouri-Columbia to study agribusiness management-public policy and potentially going to law school to become an agricultural lawyer. With this degree, I hope to either help small ag businesses with their legal needs so that they can focus on the business or to go into public policy to help defend agriculture and why we do what we do as agriculturalists.
What is something unique or interesting that few people know about you?
I have a lot of nicknames. Some of them are the typical ones that go along with my name such as Jojo or Jo. Others are a lot more unique. My friends call me Joda, Jodis or Jodith. I have absolutely no idea where these came from. Some of my other favorites that my family or family friends came up with are Gracie Jo, PunkyMonkey, or Hayball.
Advice to FFA Members
I have a couple pieces of advice for members. First, find your niche. This could be in FFA or anything at all throughout life. FFA has so much to offer, and you don’t have to do the same things as everyone else. Find something that you enjoy and do it. The second is to find people who are going to push you to your full potential. We all have friends that we love to hang out with and have fun, and these are necessary people in our life that help us step back and relax. But we also need people who are going to push us and give constructive criticism. Being comfortable is easy, but when we make ourselves uncomfortable, and have those people who will push us there, that is usually when you find the best things in life.