Supervised Agricultural Experience:
My SAE consists of diversified livestock and ag processing. Growing up around my grandparents' dairy farm really sparked my interest in animal agriculture. I started by owning my own dairy cows then I expanded into raising a flock of sheep, a herd of beef and market hogs. I also started work as a meat wrapper at Wisconsin River Meats in Mauston, WI in the spring of 2020. Through 4-H and FFA I was given the opportunity to share my experiences with the whole community and even give the same opportunity to raise livestock to members that may not have had that chance. I was given the opportunity to bring two bred ewes into our ag room to keep in our red pen to lamb and I was able to teach the school and community the process of lambing and raising sheep. Besides community outreach I have also worked one on one with members wanting to raise and show livestock. I have housed livestock for a couple members throughout the years and it was so rewarding seeing their growth and even my growth from those experiences.
What's one thing you're looking forward to this year?
I am really looking forward to seeing the growth of all the chapters in Wisconsin FFA, especially our newly established ones, and being the support they need to hit the ground running after a year like 2020. Overall I am so excited to serve Wisconsin FFA and everything that entails from chapter visits to workshop planning, and from advocating to recognizing all the good works of members and chapters from across the state!
Describe your perfect summer day:
My perfect summer day would be sunny and 75, starting the day while it is still cool out in the barn working livestock. As the day progresses being able to spend time outside with my family and friends either in the pool or playing corn hole and then finish the day with pudgy pies around the campfire.
What's one item you've kept in your FFA jacket pocket and what's its significance?
The one thing that I have kept in my jacket pocket almost my entire FFA career was a folded up piece of paper. On this piece of paper I worked really hard to write an introduction to a retiring address for one of my biggest role models and supporters, Brenna Bays. I never realized how hard it was to put all of my thoughts into words until that moment and being up on the stage at state convention with a microphone in my hand was one of the most nerve racking experiences of my life. I will never forget that moment and the I will never forget the impact that Brenna left on me and all the members around her. With that piece of paper in my jacket I remember why I want to serve Wisconsin FFA.