Supervised Agricultural Experience:
I grew up on a registered Holstein dairy farm and it is there that I found my love for agriculture. I moved to Wisconsin in 8th grade and jumped at the opportunity to be in FFA. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when I joined. But I quickly learned! My advisor really pushed me to get involved and that started with my cows. My first SAE was dairy production placement which allowed me to become more comfortable with FFA and led me to become much more involved. My second SAE was in Agriculture Education. My school has always participated in a Food for America program where we bring 4th grade students from schools all around us to a dairy farm and we get to teach them about all the different facets that agriculture has to offer. But I wanted my school to get more involved in educating the younger students about agriculture, so I talked to my advisor and administration and implemented a biannual Ag in the Classroom where we teach 3rd through 6th grade students more in depth about different fields of agriculture.
What is your favorite summer activity?
My favorite summer activity would definitely have to be showing at all sorts of fairs! A typical summer would include showing my dairy cows or helping other people with theirs at about 7 or 8 different fairs and shows throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. You find your "fair friends" as I call them and they make summer so much more memorable! My favorite part is meeting someone from far away and hearing all sorts of stories from their farm back home. Showing has allowed me to meet people from my very own town all the way to people from Australia! Plus everywhere in between.
If you were an ag teacher, what would be your favorite class to teach and why?
If I were an ag teacher, my favorite class would probably be Introduction to Agriculture because it is in this class that you get to introduce students, who might not have any idea what agriculture even is, to one of the most diverse industries in the world. You get the opportunity to touch on as many different aspects of agriculture that you can and if you're lucky, you might be able to inspire students to take even more ag classes with their end goal of working in the field!
What is one lesson you've learned from your experience as a state officer this year?
One lesson I've learned this year is definitely not to take time for granted. This year has flown by so fast, I feel like it was just yesterday that I was doing practice interviews and spending hours trying to perfect my resume. I won't lie, there were some stressful times but the smile you get or the "ah ha" moment that you have the opportunity to witness makes the hours of work that went into planning that workshop, speech, or chapter visit plan completely worth it. I have learned to appreciate even the hard and stressful times because without those you wouldn't be able to experience the moments that make it all worth it.