State Vice President
C.L. Payne FFA Chapter
I own and operate Roseview Cattle Farm, a purebred cow-calf operation consisting of Hereford cattle. My operation is certified to sell beef from the farm and market cattle through purebred production sales and private treaty. I also show cattle and am able to market show animals as well as replacement bulls and females. I have always been interested in animal agriculture; with both my parents coming from agriculture backgrounds, it made it possible for me to live into my passion. My mother went to vet school and then began working with the USDA. My father is an agriculture teacher. Their pathways led me to want to be involved in agriculture and be a part of FFA. I have met many wonderful people through my work in the cattle industry and while traveling as a Beef Ambassador and telling the Beef story to others and being an advocate for the industry. Through these face-to-face interactions, I am able to tell the story of my farm and draw in more support and customers. In the past year I have begun the process of starting up a commercial herd. This new beginning will allow me to sell the offspring at a higher price due to the black hide. This step forward will be a learning process but also a way to bring in more money.
My Favorite CDE:
My favorite CDE was the Livestock Judging CDE. I enjoy being able to use my skills to make decisions. Livestock Judging allows myself to develop the skills needed in the beef industry. My favorite part about livestock judging is giving reasons, I like being able to decent my decisions. Livestock judging has allowed me to develop my public speaking skills and my decision making skills.
My Favorite FFA Memory:
I have had the wonderful opportunity to experience FFA events in both North Carolina and Virginia. My favorite memory would be participating in the 2016 National FFA Band. I was able to combine both of my interests at the same time. This was also my first national convention and I met many new people who I am still close friends with today. The experience was unforgettable!
My Future Plans:
I plan to attend Virginia Tech and major in dairy science and animal science. I want to remain involved in agriculture and use my skills to support the dairy industry. The dairy industry has provided me with so many opportunities and I hope to give back to it.
One Interesting Fact About Me:
The 2019 Virginia State convention was my very first convention here in Virginia. I am from North Carolina and was involved in FFA with my chapter, Southern Alamance. I moved here in August of 2018. I cannot wait to learn more about Virginia and Virginia FFA!