Through my Immersion SAE’s of Dairy Placement, Agriculture Education Placement, and Poultry Entrepreneurship, I have learned different skills that were once foundational Supervised Agricultural Experiences. I grew up on a small dairy farm and have worked on other dairy farms performing different tasks while gaining a better understanding of the dairy industry. In addition, I began my own Poultry business with raising approximately ten free range, layer chickens. Also, in my Agriculture Education SAE, I write and teach curriculum to elementary and middle school students about agriculture and FFA and assisted in teaching the FFA middle school quiz bowl team.
Living on a long driveway, with hills surrounded me, there is no doubt that my favorite winter activity is sledding! There are so many different hills to go down and always a great time with family and friends. We would try different sleds and be competitive of who can go down the farthest! It would always be a good time to relax and be disconnected from the world for a few hours. Sometimes, it helped me take a break from what I was involved in the FFA and made me more on task when I came back after my adventure. These were some of the most memorable times in winter, but now as I have grown up, I appreciate when I am able to go out and make use out of our sleds!
As a dedicated FFA member, I participated in a wide range of FFA events such as becoming a chair of several chapter events to Career Development Events, but I wish I would have taken more advantage of attending more FFA leadership conferences. I have attended the FIRE and 212° conference, but I never attended the Halftime Conference or Farm Forum - which seem like amazing conferences to be involved in! There are multiple leadership and FFA themed workshops in these conferences that can be translated to life after high school. I was engaged in many other clubs and sports and did not think I could add to a few extra events in my busy schedule, but I was wrong! Seeing all of these conferences take place is a once in a lifetime opportunity that builds off the FFA mission of premier leadership, personal growth, and career success.
It’s definitely been a jammed – packed year filled with FFA memories from chapter visits to trainings to Sectional Leadership Workshops, and I have enjoyed every minute of it! There are so many more goals I have for this second part of this year, but one of my top goals is to attend at least one FFA event (other than a chapter visit activity & banquet) for each chapter in Section 10! So, help me make my goal and invite me to your next event because I would be thrilled to see what your chapter does and if I can help anywhere! I want to keep building off of our local success in Section 10 and help FFA members continue to be engaged in the many opportunities the FFA organization provides. I am looking forward to spending some more time with FFA members as we all keep trying to Rise Up and Stand Out!