Beyond the Blue Corduroy
I carefully place one leg and then the other into my panty hose, pull up my skirt, button up my white polo, hook my necktie, slip on my black heels, and finally zip up my blue corduroy jacket and tuck in my tally-wacker. Whether you’re packing in the van for a regional contest, state, or national convention, you wear your jacket with great pride. Alumni and current FFA members know just how special this feeling is. As a current FFA member, I could tell you countless stories that I have in my blue jacket but let’s dig deeper, what are FFA members like beyond the blue corduroy?
Outside of the classroom and competitive events, my SAE (Supervised Agriculture Experience) consists of raising meat goats. Through this opportunity, I have learned how to safely vaccinate animals, keep financial records, and become a better advocate for the agricultural industry.
As mentioned, the FFA and my SAE have helped me become a better advocate for an industry we all need, agriculture is my passion. For me, it’s an early morning of walking my pigs prepping for the next show, a day full of cleaning pens and perfecting feed rations, and long nights spent walking goats, sheep, and washing steers. My friends joke that if they ever want to come to the zoo they can just come to my house, it’s true, I have a lot of animals. I try and use my “zoo” to my benefit because I realize how important it is to share my story with consumers. Often times, it’s sharing facts, writing Facebook or Instagram posts about misconceptions, or even sharing cute pictures like these of my baby animals!
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