Lord Botetourt FFA Chapter
I began my SAE by helping with my family’s beef cattle, forages, and vineyard operation. In middle school, I began a research SAE. My research in animal systems relates to increasing the success of artificial insemination in heifer cattle with an end goal of maximizing the number of Angus offspring. I have also conducted research that combines my family's agricultural commodities through winter grazing the cattle inside the dormant vineyard and assessing vine damage. Growing up surrounded by agriculture and managing four different SAEs has helped me realize the complexity the industry and the amazing values of perseverance and work that it teaches..
Favorite CDE or LDE:
My favorite FFA event was the Parliamentary Procedure LDE. You and five other teammates get to solve a problem in a fast-paced, challenging environment. Parliamentary Procedure taught me how to think on my feet and work with others to accomplish a goal. I also love how you are able to see the result of hours of hard work when you finish the contest.
My favorite FFA memory:
My favorite FFA memory was last year at FFA Leadership Camp. It was my sixth year at Camp, so I was in the Advanced group. My group shared a reflection on Wednesday night, leaving behind a message of a defining moment, or a moment that helps you realize what you have been put on this earth to do. I’ll never forget the feeling I had right after our reflection. Although I was sad that it was my last year at Camp, I was surrounded by FFA Camp Family. The reflection was a defining moment in my life.
My future plans are:
My interest in agriculture has been growing since the day that I was born. Interestingly, I have decided to take a less traditional route to continue my involvement in the agriculture industry in the future. Majoring in nursing at James Madison University will allow me to develop a strong health background. In the future, I see myself working in rural healthcare to combine my interests. I also plan to stay involved on my family farm by being the agritourism marketing director and event manager, accomplished around my nursing shift work.
One Interesting Fact about Me:
Thanks to FFA, I was able to travel internationally for the first time. In June of 2017, I attended an international travel seminar in Ireland as part of the National Proficiency Award & Stars Program. This just goes to show that opportunities in FFA are limitless. I could have never guessed the places FFA would take me!