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What are you most excited about for your state officer year?

This year, I hope to meet and interact with as many Idaho FFA members as possible!  I love that every member has a different story, but we can all unite in the blue jackets together.  I can’t wait to learn and be inspired by all of your stories! I am also excited to have the opportunity to travel across the state to many different chapters to learn about their traditions and better understand Idaho agriculture.



What college, major, and future career are you planning?

This fall, I will be attending the University of Idaho to double major in Agribusiness and Accounting.  I intend on having a career in agribusiness, and I am excited to see what opportunities college has to offer!



Tell about a meaningful experience you have had in FFA?

One of the most meaningful experiences I have had in FFA was having the opportunity to attend the National Soils competition in Oklahoma City.  While on this trip, I got to compete in my favorite Career Development Event and be inspired by what FFA is truly about. This experience was the first opportunity I had in FFA that truly pushed me out of my comfort zone.  I met many people from across the country, but I also became lifelong friends with the team from the Preston chapter that we traveled with. This is the first time I met none other than your 2019-2020 State President, Herman Roberts.  Herman truly changed my life on this trip because he initiated our shy, exclusive Troy team to get out of their comfort zones and make new friends. I am forever thankful that he initiated that experience because it taught me the importance of inclusivity and showed me how big of an impact FFA could have on my life.



What do you do outside of FFA?

Outside of FFA, I am very involved in other extracurricular activities at my school while keeping up with my SAE projects.  Some of the other activities I have been involved in include: cross country, basketball, softball, Business Professionals of America, National Honor Society, and Student Government.  When I’m not participating in these events, I love spending time with my friends and family! I love hiking, kayaking, and going for drives on the beautiful back roads of Idaho!



What is your SAE Project?

I have two SAE projects: raising Angus X Charolais beef cattle and showing them at the Latah County Fair and commercial salmon fishing in Alaska!  I have been raising cattle on my family’s small-scale cattle ranch, and I currently own 13 head of my own. I have shown a steer at the county fair for nine years as well!  My dad owns a commercial fishing boat in Kenai, Alaska where I have spent three summers fishing for him. We drift gillnet for salmon, and I have also brought some fish back home to direct market in the local area.



What is your mission for the year?

This year, my mission is to ensure that every student feels included and welcome in FFA.  I hope to help members find themselves, and their passion, through this amazing organization by activating their full potential in leadership and career success.  I also hope to grow and develop as an individual and leader by being inspired and having fun with Idaho FFA members!



Is there something else you would like FFA members to know about you?

I LOVE chocolate milk, traveling, and my black lab puppy!

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Syd is JUMPING for FFA!

What are you most excited about for your state officer year?

I am most excited to get to know Idaho FFA members! From what I’ve experienced already, you guys are pretty awesome and I can’t wait to spend my year with all of you. I am also really excited to learn more about agriculture in Idaho!

What college, major, and future career are you planning?

Starting this fall I will be attending the University of Idaho where I will be studying agriculture communications and leadership. I am not set on what exact career I want, but I know it will be within the agriculture industry.

Tell about a meaningful experience you have had in FFA?

Participating in the agriculture communications career development event was one of the most meaningful experiences I have had in FFA. This competition helped me realize the endless options of career opportunities in the agriculture industry. Competing at the national level really was a great experience, but also helped me discover my own potential.

What do you do outside of FFA?

Throughout high school, outside of FFA I was involved in several other activities like; cross country, basketball, track, yearbook, and FCA. When I’m with my friends, we are either going on runs together, swimming , or playing sand volleyball. In the summer you can find me on the lake, out on the trails, or just in the mountains!

What is your SAE Project?

For the past four years, my SAE project has been operating a lawn care business. My sister and I would work about three days every week, mowing a trimming yards around the Treasure Valley. Along with my lawn care business, last year I raised and showed two lambs for the Western Idaho Fair. I’m grateful for both of my SAE projects, as I have learned a lot from them!

What is your mission for the year?

My mission for this year is to help members find their own passion in this organization. And of course a HUGE part of my mission is to have FUN with Idaho FFA members!

Is there something else you would like FFA members to know about you?

I love running, donuts (specifically Krispy Kreme glazed donuts), and if you can’t tell already... I have a thing for jumping pics!


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Hey Howdy Hey, It's Katie from Idaho FFA!

What are you most excited about for your state officer year?

I am most excited to learn about leadership and service from the FFA members all around Idaho! I love hearing all of your reasons for joining FFA and for serving those around you. I know that every Idaho FFA member will inspire and motivate me this year, and I cannot wait to see what our state can accomplish.

What college, major, and future career are you planning?

This fall, I will be attending the University of Idaho to study Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. After graduating from the U of I, I plan to attend law school and hope to pursue a career in politics. While those plans may not stay the same, I aim to create positive change wherever I go and whatever I do in the world.

Tell about a meaningful experience you have had in FFA?

The most meaningful FFA experience I have had in FFA was serving as a chairman for Kuna FFA’s Agricultural Exposition. I was able to watch thousands of first and second graders experience agriculture for the first time ever. I saw dozens of FFA members come out of their shells to teach these little kids about livestock and crop science. That was when it really hit home for me that agriculture is for everyone and FFA makes a positive difference in so many lives.

What do you do outside of FFA?

In my high school career, along with FFA, I was involved in National Honor Society, the National Science Quiz Bowl, and Track and Field. I love to stay active and get outdoors by weightlifting, kayaking, hiking, and camping. I also enjoy reading, spending time with my friends and family, and singing (very badly and just as loudly) in the car.

What is your SAE Project?

For my first few years in FFA, my SAE project consisted of studying for several different CDEs and LDEs - I tackled everything from Meats Evaluation to Parliamentary Procedure to Soils Judging to Extemporaneous Speaking. But as a senior in FFA, I realized that I did not want to miss out on experiencing agriculture firsthand. So, I am currently raising a pig named Chicharones to show at the Western Idaho Fair this summer!

What is your mission for the year?

This year, I hope to help as many people as possible - FFA members and beyond - discover their passions for agriculture. FFA and the agricultural industry are diverse communities that all too often go unnoticed. I hope to break down the barriers of misinformation and stereotypes to show everyone that agriculture is not something to fear, it is something to support and love.

Is there something else you would like FFA members to know about you?

I am the middle child of three daughters, so I can be stubborn if needed! I also love new food and new music, so send suggestions my way (:

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Herm in the Sun

What are you most excited about for your state officer year?

I’m super excited to be able to have the opportunity to grow on a personal level and help others grow as well. I just want to enjoy all the fun times and memories I’ll have with various FFA members. I love meeting and interacting with new people, and I want everyone to know that they have a friend on the state officer team.


What college, major, and future career are you planning?

After I finish my year of service, I plan on attending Utah State University in the Fall of 2020. I would like to major in Agribusiness and/or Food Science & Technology. After I graduate with a Bachelor’s degree, I plan on finding a job that’s related to agriculture in some way or another.


Tell about a meaningful experience you have had in FFA?

District Officer Training was one of the most influential experiences I’ve had while in FFA. I remember going into it a little apprehensive. By the end of it, I never wanted to leave. I met other students my age that reciprocate the same passion I felt for the FFA organization. I made lifelong friendships and made real connections with the other members. The workshops were very inspiring, and I left with a new love for leadership. After that experience, I realized the importance of embracing the opportunities you have where you’re able to get out of your comfort zone.


What do you do outside of FFA?

Throughout my high school career, I was involved in several other clubs. I participated in Key Club, National Honors Society, and Sources of Strength. I was also in Student Government and played in the local musical’s Pit Orchestra for five years. I like playing volleyball, reading, and I especially love eating new foods.


What is your SAE Project?

For my SAE project, I decided to choose Dairy Production! I work on my family’s organic dairy farm in Southeast Idaho. From moving pipe to feeding Holsteins, most of my time is spent outside under the summer sun with my siblings. It’s been awesome having a direct connection to agriculture and developing an immense appreciation for farming.


What is your mission for the year?

My mission is to make sure that every Idaho FFA member feels like they belong and that they have a spot within our association. I want to help everyone I come into contact with recognize their own potential and help them activate their skills, talents, and abilities to help them excel. I want members to feel heard, loved, and needed. I want to be an effective leader by first being an effective friend.


Is there something else you would like FFA members to know about you?

The only thing bigger than my love for FFA is my height. Yes, I’m tall, approximately 6’4. My favorite color is brown. I have a large family; there’s eight of us total.


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