State Officer Blogs
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What is your Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE)?
Sheep Production Entrepreneurship - I raise a flock of registered Southdown sheep and show them at local, state and national shows. I also work with younger showman in my community, helping them start their own sheep projects. Swine Production Entrepreneurship - I show hogs in the summer at county and state fairs.
What was your favorite FFA Activity in High School?
FFA band was by far my favorite FFA activity. I was in the State FFA Band for 4 years, where I met some of my greatest friends. I also participated in the National FFA Honors Band for 2 years, which was the best experience of all of high school for me.
Who was an individual you met through FFA that impacted you?
Orion Samuelson has long been a role model for me. I used to watch him interview the newly elected National FFA officers on RFDTV every year and I would think how cool it would be to do an interview with him. A couple of years ago at national convention, I was lucky enough to get to meet Mr. Samuelson and chat with him about his job and his passion for all things agriculture. After telling him about my interest in agricultural communications, he told me that he expected to see me one day ready to take over his job. Mr. Samuelson has inspired me to pursue my goals and to put my own passion for agriculture to good use.
What are your goals for this year?
One of my goals for the year is not only to step outside of my own comfort zone, but also to encourage others to do so as well. I am really excited to get to know individual FFA members throughout the state and help them in any way that I can. I hope to have a positive impact on the association by encouraging members, who truly are the future of FFA.
What advice would you give to new FFA members?
Try something new every year, whether that's a new career development event, a different committee or a leadership role. Sometimes experience can be as much about finding what you don't like to do as it is about finding the things you want to do. Try everything, give it your all and have a great time in the process.