Supervised Agricultural Experience
My Supervised Agricultural Experience in Sheep Production-Entrepreneurship was and still is inspired by my grandpa. While growing up, I remember fondly his intensity and work ethic with his animals. He gave great thought and consideration for every animal and was quick to remind me that the spring of the year was always just around the corner and to prepare myself for beautiful births followed by endless work and preparation. That being said, I still didn't quite see my future in livestock. I couldn't wrap my head around being a producer; but that all changed in 2012 when my grandpa gifted me two ewes, both of which were crossbred between a Columbia and a Romney. All of a sudden, I owned my own future in agriculture. These ewes became the foundation of an expanding business that was based off of the work ethic and commitment that my family had instilled within my character. Since then my SAE has evolved from those two crossbred ewes to nearly 40 purebred Columbia, Romney, and Natural Colored sheep. I have found continued success at the county, state, and national level with both my sheep and their wool and have built a livestock production that I can be proud of. I am responsible for the care and maintenance of over 40 purebred and crossbred sheep and their nutrition, hydration, medication, grooming, pasture rotation, lambing and breeding program. I also strive to interact with potential buyers of market animals, breeding stock, and high-quality fleece to expand my operation and increase revenues.
What was your first memory in the FFA jacket?
My first and favorite memory didn't come from a big leadership conference, an intense round of livestock judging at the UWRF Ag-Tech Day, or even a community service event. It happened in a place that many of us call our second home; the Ag Room. My memory comes from my first experience with officer interviews the summer before my Freshman year. I had just finished middle school and I was ready for my future in FFA. My interview wasn't until the next day and I had nothing but time to kill. I looked around the room and couldn't seem to find anything to pique my interest until I saw it; the Official Dress closet behind the FFA desk! I suddenly realized exactly what I could do; I could try on my very first corduroy jacket! I quickly found a jacket that looked like it was going to fit. I threw it on as quick as I could and zipped it up; I felt AMAZING! That second, as I was looking down at myself in the blue corduroy jacket, one of our chapter's alumni members (Mr. Bob Rand) walked through the door and stared directly at me. I didn't quite know what to do. Was I scared? Was I proud? What even was I going to say? I struggled to find the words and there was a long break of silence...Then, all the sudden, Mr. Bob Rand looked me dead in the eye and said, "You look like the Future of Agriculture." I was shocked, I didn't know what to say. I stood there, in the back of the Ag room for what seemed like forever. I felt like I had to say something, but what would I say. I just tried to keep it natural, "Cool". Really? That's all I could say? The awkwardness seemed to pass but that moment has stayed with me. What made him think that I looked like "the Future of Agriculture"? To this day I don't know what he saw but whatever it was, I am eternally thankful. From that day on I have been inspired by those words and have pushed myself to fulfill them, and to become my own future in agriculture.
What is a tradition you do every summer?
Like many of you, my family lives in the show ring. We have a tradition of competing with our livestock every year at the county, state and national level. For us, it's more of a hobby that it is a career. It's a time for all of us to get together and spend time bonding as a family. Some of my favorite memories have come from the settings of fairs and festivals all across Wisconsin. Another tradition that the Rosenbush family has, is to take our yearly vacation. This summer, it was unfortunately cancelled but it was going to be great! We had planned to travel to the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI to attend the 91st Wisconsin FFA State Convention! I know that was cheesy, but it was true. My family has structured our lives around FFA for about as long as I can remember. Like many of you, my life is constantly filled with FFA events and I wouldn't have it any other way!
What is one thing you are excited for as a state officer?
To put it simply, my year of service. One of my favorite quotes is from Mahatma Gandhi, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." Wisconsin FFA, you have made me who I am. You inspire me on a daily basis with your endless work ethic, your relentless positivity, and your potential for endless success. It is now time for me to give back to this incredible organization by being the best State Officer that I can possibly be. I'm excited to meet members from all walks of life with all different stories. I'm excited to work with my incredible team to make this year the absolute best it can be. I'm excited to push through the time of adversity by connecting with members, advisors, and supporters and digging into the issues that they want to see addressed. Above all, I'm just excited to live out my year of service.