TFB Scholarship Winners

///TFB Scholarship Winners

S.M. True Jr. Agricultural Scholar

McCalley Cunningham McCalley Cunningham
Travis County Farm Bureau
District 8

I am interested in many areas of animal science. Mr. True stated, “Agriculture’s best days are yet ahead.” My goal is to ensure his belief and hope truly come to pass. At Texas A&M University, I have been able to combine my passion for agriculture and entrepreneurship. I really want to change the world and I will need a big platform to accomplish this. My lifetime goals are to create a business that will positively impact society as well as travel the world, speaking on behalf of agriculture.

Dick Mitchell Memorial Foundation

Kenneth Miller Kenneth Miller
Cameron County Farm Bureau
District 13

As my family’s farm has entered into Organic Vegetable Crop Production, I have been fortunate to begin my future career in farm management and advocacy now in the form of an internship as I learn through observation, questioning and discussion on all matters. I want to ensure the voice of the local farmer is shared with individuals who are able to contribute to the continuation of the agriculture industry. I want to be part of a farm management team to make wise decisions  for farm’s productivity success and future.

District 1 Scholarship Recipients

Hailey Wright Don Sugarek Memorial Scholarship

Hailey Wright
Collingsworth County Farm Bureau

I am following a trail that is covered in all types of animal tracks, through tall grasses, brush and cactus. What will I find? I love watching nature–learning about the plants and wildlife that inhabit these rangelands. These plants provide forage for livestock and wildlife, cover during bad weather and protection from predators. Managing rangelands is important to water and soil conservation. I want an education that will provide me with the knowledge to help manage and protect the rangelands and wildlife I love.

Dylan Davidson Dylan Davidson
Childress County Farm Bureau

Rural communities have limited choices in healthcare. I have chosen to pursue a pre-med option that will prepare me to apply and attend medical school. After serving on mission trips to Belize and seeing the results of poor healthcare in small communities, I would like to be a general surgeon . Becoming a doctor would not only allow me to return to my rural hometown to give back to my community, but also allow me opportunities to use those skills in other areas of the world on medical missions.

Serena Harbour Serena Harbour
Hutchinson County Farm Bureau

I want to help children who are experiencing mental and emotional difficulties by becoming a child psychologist or social worker. I feel that a college education is an important step in helping me give back to society and give back to my grandparents for raising me and getting me to this point in my life. After the loss of both parents, I went through some very trying times and feel with my career choice I have something to offer children who are going through tough times in their lives.

Laura Corder Laura Corder
Randall County Farm Bureau

I would like to become a farm and ranch loan officer. My natural ability to understand and comprehend various forms of mathematics has guided me towards a business degree, and the eight years of experience I have had with Potter County 4-H has guided me towards agriculture. It was in my 4-H Goat Project that I learned to keep financial records on purchase price, feed costs, veterinary bills and show and travel expenses each year. I love putting in the numbers and showing my profit and occasional loss.

District 2 Scholarship Recipients

Hannah Cockerell S.M. True Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Hannah Cockerell
Lubbock County Farm Bureau

I began showing pigs through FFA in third grade. Through my involvement with show animals, I learned to be responsible and observant. I can now identify health issues and find satisfaction in solving them. My passion for both health and animal sciences led to my aspirations of becoming a large animal veterinarian. It is an important specialty that plays a significant role in protecting human and animal health. By keeping large animals healthy, the safety of the food supply is maintained.

Ashton Link Ashton Link
Lynn County Farm Bureau

I have chosen to work directly with animals either on a ranch or as a sales rep in veterinary medicine or equipment because I grew up in FFA and 4-H. I have shown animals since third grade. It is my life. This is how my family has spent our last 12 years–buying show animals and going to every major stock show in Texas. We always called it “family fun time.” I just know that my career has to involve animals in some aspect because I can’t imagine not having them in my life.

District 3 Scholarship Recipients

Laura Howell Adam Berend Memorial Scholarship

Laura Howell
Baylor County Farm Bureau

I have chosen to major in Elementary Education because this gives me an opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life and to teach them the importance of math, science, history, reading and writing. I am part of a family that is very involved in the education world–my mom is a teacher’s aide, both grandmothers were elementary school teachers, both grandfathers were agricultural education teachers and my aunt is a high school math teacher. My desire is to continue the tradition of teaching.

Landry Vieth Landry Vieth
Archer County Farm Bureau

I have always loved agricultural activities–working on the dairy, showing animals and dairy judging, along with plowing. Through college, I want to learn new technologies and advancements with dairy science and agriculture so I can help all dairymen make the most of their cows. At any given time, a lot can change in the ag world. I want to learn  management methods to help during a drought, lack of feed, escalating feed prices and low milk prices. I want to find ways to continue the legacy of my grandfather’s dairy and land.

Kaitlyn Gibson Kaitlyn Gibson
Wise County Farm Bureau

Pharmaceutical sales will allow my strengths of math and science to be applied to my love of animals. Through FFA, I have learned many skills, such as speaking and sharing your passion of something you believe. My FFA project that I brought to a classroom of third graders showed me how much of an impact agriculture has no matter the age or background of the person. It touched me and I plan to continue to advocate for agriculture because I believe it is something that is so often overlooked.

Katherine Jones Katherine Jones
Wise County Farm Bureau

I have been involved in FFA and 4-H since 2007. I have raised market swine and Santa Gertrudis cattle. I have an inborn fondness for God’s creatures and would like to work in a field to enhance their lives and help make them healthy and productive. I have great respect for Temple Grandin and her groundbreaking work in the cattle industry. I would like to do the same.

District 4 Scholarship Recipients

Ty Tidwell Joe Kapavik Memorial Scholarship

Ty Tidwell
Navarro County Farm Bureau

I have always had an interest in agriculture, as farming and ranching run back generations on both sides of my family, and would like a career in agribusiness. My first agriculture class opened my eyes to the fact that agriculture involves more than cows and crops! There are endless career opportunities. Through FFA, I saw how important it is to promote an industry so vital to the well-being of not only our county, but our state and nation. There are endless ways to use a wide variety of tools and knowledge gained through my ag classes.

Hannah Dast Hannah Dast
Denton County Farm Bureau

Throughout my time in FFA and in ag-related community activities, I have seen the overwhelming misconceptions surrounding the agricultural industry. I have chosen a career in public relations because it is an opportunity to advocate for this industry that is overlooked and undervalued. When people become knowledgeable about where their food comes from, they gain a respect and understanding for how it is produced and support those who work so hard to feed and clothe our growing population.

Hannah Celella Hannah Celella
Kaufman County Farm Bureau

I have always wanted to pursue a career in agriculture. I probably inherited this from my family, as my parents and grandparents have always been involved in agriculture. I feel blessed to have been raised with horses and livestock. Through the 4-H Equine Ambassador and Advocacy Programs, I discovered what I feel is a calling to be an advocate for agriculture. The Advocacy Academy helped me see the importance of spreading the word to the general public about how vital agriculture is to our society.

Peyton Thomas Peyton Thomas
Parker County Farm Bureau

I have decided to become an agriculture Extension agent because I want to continue to give back to an industry that has given me everything. Agriculture is more than a passion of mine. It is a lifestyle. I want to play a strong role in agriculture; to lead and inspire others for the rest of my life. By choosing this career, I would never work a day in my life because I would be doing what I love every day.

District 5 Scholarship Recipients

Colby Gipson John W. “Pete” Gipson Memorial Scholarship

Colby Gipson
Upshur County Farm Bureau

I have chosen a career in international business law. I am thankful for the opportunities from winning at the National FFA level for three years and advancing to state in Farm Business Management each year, which sparked my interest in an economics career. Each endeavor taught me to be involved, give to others and enjoy life. In the next 10 years following college, I see myself with a graduate and law degree with a passport stamped from countries around the world.

Natalie Oud Natalie Oud
Franklin County Farm Bureau

I have chosen my career as an agricultural science teacher because it will contribute to the future of agriculture by providing information to young students while combining my love for both agriculture and FFA. I intend to educate high school students about the growing ag industry and new practices and technologies available, while still maintaining the integrity of the history of our agricultural industry. I want to learn something new each day and can due to the constantly changing world of ag technology.

Stephen Mathews Stephen Mathews
Harrison County Farm Bureau

I have raised FFA animals since third grade. When I learned there was a career that helped animals in need daily, I knew I couldn’t resist. I would like to be a veterinarian because of my love of biology, my passion to help animals and the fact that I know it won’t be easy. All my life, I have set very high goals for myself. I have always loved animals and had a great experience helping out with the cattle and exotic animals at my grandparents’ ranch. I will do whatever it takes to be a top-notch veterinarian.

Jhett Jackson Jhett Jackson
Wood County Farm Bureau

Growing up, I was a very resourceful kid and always had my hands in something. At a young age, my uncle taught me how to braid bracelets and other small items out of rope and twine. I began braiding, designing and selling them anywhere I could. I started my own business and have learned a lot about manufacturing, promoting and selling a product. I also enjoy designing and building agricultural equipment. I will major in Agribusiness Management and hope to work as a store manager or salesman in the agriculture industry.

District 6 Scholarship Recipients

Emily Niehues David Stubblefield Honorary Scholarship

Emily Niehues
Tom Green County Farm Bureau

Since I was a small child, the medical field intrigued me. I would consider it an honor to improve lives for a living. It is fascinating to me how far technology has come in the healthcare field. My research into the various fields led me to nursing and occupational therapy. I loved my rural upbringing, which created a desire in me to serve the people in a rural area. My two career options will provide a better chance of serving hard-working Texans who do not have the health benefits that large cities provide.

Ashley Luce Ashley Luce
Howard County Farm Bureau

I have chosen a career in agriculture communications because I am a descendant of German immigrants who came to America to farm and have a deep love and respect for the outdoors, animals and anything related to agriculture. I found my passion for agriculture through FFA and the Youth Leadership Conference. I plan to educate Americans who are three to four generations removed from the farm by becoming a field representative for Farm Bureau and advocating for agriculture as the backbone of a free market economy.

Bailey Hooten Bailey Hooten
Tom Green County Farm Bureau

I have always wanted to help people and work with livestock. Within the next 10 years, I want to become an animal geneticist who alters production animals so they are utilized not only in the U.S., but throughout the world–allowing people in Third World countries to have higher quality livestock available and hopefully help prevent world hunger. Within this job, I will be able to explore new ideas in expanding the quality of livestock and how they can be used to prevent disasters like the Malaria epidemic in Africa.

Ashley Wilde Ashley Wilde
Tom Green County Farm Bureau

My dream is to become a spokesperson for agriculture by being a lobbyist and lawyer. I will be serving not only the agricultural producers but consumers and society as a whole. My 4-H Foods and Nutrition Projects have made me aware that food choices have a tremendous impact on health and the economy. I learned about current issues affecting agriculture through the Youth Leadership Conference. I want to broaden my horizons and be open to new ideas on how the producer and consumer can better work together!

District 7 Scholarship Recipients

Conner McKinzie Ab Hunter Memorial Scholarship

Conner McKinzie
Erath County Farm Bureau

I have chosen to study Animal Science and hope to become a meat industry representative. An investment in my education is an investment in the future of someone who desperately wishes to see hunger and food insecurity become a thing of the past. I will use my degree to better serve my fellow man by exploring ways of more efficiently and effectively feeding a growing world population.

London Jones London Jones
Erath County Farm Bureau

Through my 4-H experience and involvement in sports, I have been exposed to many potential career choices and I have become particularly interested in nutrition and fitness. I feel consumers have deviated from wholesome, farm-fresh products to more convenient, highly preserved foods that pose a health threat. Becoming a dietitian will allow me to communicate a clear, positive message regarding agriculture and nutritious foods to a variety of people from different socioeconomic groups.

Tarah Moore Tarah Moore
Erath County Farm Bureau

I was raised in agriculture and have raised Texas Longhorn cattle. Through my research, I learned a lot about the difficulties that farmers are facing today, including the need for technological innovations, environmental concerns, as well as damaged public perception of farming practices. The Agricultural Communications program will fit perfectly with my newfound life goal: To be a voice for agriculture, go into the field, do research and show people the truths about the industry that provides for them.

Adam Multer Adam Multer
Runnels County Farm Bureau

I have chosen engineering as my major because of my fondness of math and science. Engineering is one of the oldest jobs in the world, dating back to about 2000 BC when the Egyptians first built the pyramids. While doing research on engineering, I came across a quote by Bruce Dickinson, “Engineering stimulates the mind. Kids get bored easily. They have got to get out and get their hands dirty: make things, dismantle things, fix things. When the schools can offer that, you have an engineer for life.” This is me!

District 8 Scholarship Recipients

Tanner Stefka Barney & Christine Groves Honorary Scholarship

Tanner Stefka
Burleson County Farm Bureau

Given my agricultural background and experience dealing with livestock, I would like to continue in the same field. A degree in ruminant nutrition would open up the possibilities of how we can maximize animal health and production. I hope to be able to do many studies on how the input of feed and other products will land us the most ideal output. Work in this field may impact the amount of meat Third World countries can produce. It would make me extremely proud to say I may have helped put a dent in world hunger.

Raynie Bentke Raynie Bentke
Burleson County Farm Bureau

Being involved in agriculture my whole life has inspired me to give back in every way possible. 4-H made me who I am today and by being a county Extension agent, I would be able to make an impression on youth. After becoming a Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador, I have started to help others more and I love it. I would love to help others with their animals. I can’t wait to become an Extension agent and help make an impact on youth, just like the impact my county Extension agents had on me.

Samantha Merrifield Samantha Merrifield
McLennan County Farm Bureau

I was introduced to the outdoors, wildlife and hunting at an early age. While I enjoy fishing and hunting, my main focus has always been the environment in which the animals live and what different species need to survive. I am pursuing a career in Wildlife Biology to help future generations by preserving the natural resources available in the U.S. Studying wildlife, learning about diseases and the environment and how humans impact wildlife will help ensure future generations will be able to enjoy the outdoors.

Savannah Garcia
Milam County Farm Bureau

I had never truly experienced the Emergency Room for a long period of time, but when my best friend’s grandmother had a stroke, the longer I sat there, the more curious I became about the sounds coming from other rooms–wondering what type of injury or illness they were experiencing, and the specific path to cure and heal them. My curiosity soon turned to excitement when I realized this is what I wanted to be in my future–a nurse. I long to see the miracles and joy a nurse brings.

District 9 Scholarship Recipients

Aaron Milligan Harold Hughes Memorial Scholarship

Aaron Milligan
Angelina County Farm Bureau

From the first time I followed my grandfather around his cattle farm helping him feed and do other daily chores, a deep interest in agriculture was sparked. As I worked alongside him, I learned what it meant to work hard and be dedicated to something I enjoy. With my interest in math, science and agriculture, I would like to utilize my education as a lender or money manager to assist ranchers, farmers, FFA or 4-H exhibitors by helping them build and preserve their assets as well as manage their borrowing needs.

Kailand Hodge Kailand Hodge
Polk County Farm Bureau

As a little girl, I thought I wanted to be a teacher, just as most little girls do. After researching medical careers in high school, I decided that sonography was my passion. I love communicating with people and what better way to communicate than to tell a woman she has a bundle of joy in her tummy. I cannot wait to see the looks on the parents’ faces when they find out they are with child or when they find out the gender of the baby. It will be great moments to share with a family. More than anything, you have to love what you do.

Kathryn Giese Kathryn Giese
San Jacinto County Farm Bureau

I have wanted to be a veterinarian since early childhood. My interest has grown with my experience in agriculture and, particularly, with my various 4-H and FFA livestock projects. When my barrel horse had issues, I had the opportunity to get to know my mentor, Dr. James Hall, who is a large animal veterinarian. This relationship opened my eyes to the difference I can make in the industry by continuing to stay informed on cutting edge research and procedures and, especially, giving each patient my very best effort.

Tori Hughes Tori Hughes
Trinity County Farm Bureau

I have chosen pharmacy as my particular career path because I will be able to be financially stable and have a lifetime career that I can enjoy. As a pharmacist, I will be able to take pride in providing medicine for an entire community. I believe this is a career choice that will also allow me to have time to spend with my family.

District 10 Scholarship Recipients

Valarie Verstuyft Dennis Dean Honorary Scholarship

Valarie Verstuyft
Uvalde County Farm Bureau

Growing up on a family farm instilled a passion in caring for animals. My plan in life has always been to work with animals. After researching other careers, I came to the conclusion that my initial dream would be the path to choose. I cannot wait to start working towards becoming a veterinarian. I have chosen Texas A&M since they have their own veterinarian school and will provide the type of experience I am looking for. I look forward to living the life I have dreamed of since I was a little girl.

Kylie Patterson Kylie Patterson
Bexar County Farm Bureau

My experiences through 4-H and FFA directly influenced my decision to obtain an animal science degree and pursue a career in law. I came across a person who had been a state FFA officer and a public speaker who had a true passion for agriculture. A spark was established within me. I could be the advocate who bridges the gap between the agrarian way of life and the mainstream public. I want to fully understand the livestock and agricultural industry. I could be the sense of reason for the public while protecting the producer.

Payton Miner Payton Miner
Comal County Farm Bureau

Agriculture has been a constant in my life. I would like to become an agriculture lobbyist. While my peers went to soccer and ballet lessons, I learned to shear sheep and milk cows, teach my pigs to walk with me and judge livestock at contests across the state. My time spent in these activities yielded a great appreciation for the agriculture industry and inspired me to advocate for farmers and livestock. I want to remain committed to educate and protect an industry that is essential to all beings.

Maegan McKay Maegan McKay
Medina County Farm Bureau

Hard work and determination are what get me to push myself to be the best I can be. My parents are hard workers. They have instilled in me a sense of hard work and success. The life experiences through 4-H influenced my chosen career in business. Market steer projects last a year. I had to keep record books each year, detailing the price of steer, supplies, feed and many other expenses. I learned quickly how expensive things can be, but also saw the rewards of hard work.

District 11 Scholarship Recipients

Colton Leopold Ira Lapham Honorary Scholarship

Colton Leopold
Colorado County Farm Bureau

I have been involved in the beef industry my entire life. Throughout high school, I participated in the San Antonio and Houston Commercial Steer Shows. These allowed me to expand my knowledge of the beef industry and gave me tools to be successful in my future career. Working for organizations such as Texas Cattle Feeders or National Cattlemen’s Beef Association as a public speaker and representative will give me the opportunity to show the public that beef is a healthy and wholesome product.

Nathan Anders Nathan Anders
Fayette County Farm Bureau

Over the past six years, I have raised market broilers for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Fort Bend County Fair, Rodeo Austin and the San Antonio Stock Show. This allowed me to decide my future career choice in broiler production. The Texas A&M Poultry Science department judges many of these shows and allowed me to become familiar with the staff as well as the students. While talking to one student, I learned that following graduation, I will have a 100 percent job placement in my field.

Caitlan Rabun Caitlan Rabun
Grimes County Farm Bureau

At a young age, I became interested in law enforcement. The older I got, the more I realized how real world victims have no voice and do not have many advocates. I’ve always had compassion for people who can’t stand up for themselves. This led me to seek a career with the FBI so I can help these people daily. I will never look forward to the stench of rotting flesh, but I will look forward to bringing home missing children, catching the worst criminals and giving some family the closure they need.

Sara Zahn Sara Zahn
Wharton County Farm Bureau

As a little girl, I enjoyed garage sales, fundraisers, school projects, creative arts and working with animals. Once I became a little older, I realized that these hobbies translated into interests such as advertising, marketing and economics. However, my ultimate goal is to become an entrepreneur. I decided that I need stepping stones to get to my ultimate goal. I plan to work in sales and advertising until a time that I can reach that goal.

District 12 Scholarship Recipients

Austin Akin Don Sugarek Memorial Scholarship

Austin Akin
Wilson County Farm Bureau

I have chosen a career in biomedical engineering because I wish to give people with health issues and disabilities the opportunity to live a better life through my work in medical technologies. People close to me have been plagued by cancer. As they prepare for the long road ahead, I intend to partake on my own mission: making cancer as inconsequential as smallpox. I dedicate my academic and career efforts to the cause of eradicating cancer, for the sake of the fights won, the fights lost and the battles still to be fought.

Cory Mabry Cory Mabry
Calhoun County Farm Bureau

My interest in dermatology has been spurred by multiple cases of skin cancer occurring in my family. During my father’s treatment for skin cancer on his face, I promised him I would pursue a field that would research cures for skin cancer so that no person would have to endure the same physical pain associated with his treatment. I would use my degree as a medical researcher to find cures and study the behavior of different treatments for skin-related diseases. I hope to provide lifesaving treatments in my community.

Kassidy Bego Kassidy Bego
Goliad County Farm Bureau

Since I was 9, I have been involved in food and nutrition projects through 4-H. Through these, I learned what each nutrient does for the human body. When I started raising animals for livestock shows, I realized that nutrients have the same impact on animals. I learned how certain nutrients in feed have specific results on animal growth. I found this to be very interesting and would like to develop these feeds. Understanding how feeds affect animals is important when raising animals for market and slaughter.

Rayanne Muenich Rayanne Muenich
Victoria County Farm Bureau

As a young girl, I was always in the middle of helping doctor sick animals. I assisted in surgeries of my own animals and spent 72 hours shadowing a vet. I have vaccinated, wormed, docked tails, dehorned and castrated animals. I am also a Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador, which has allowed me to expand my knowledge of livestock and promote agriculture as well. I have always wanted to know why it was done that way and how I could help. Becoming a veterinarian is the perfect fit for me.

District 13 Scholarship Recipients

Bailey Scogin Lindsey Koening Honorary Scholarship

Bailey Scogin
Willacy County Farm Bureau

Agriculture is personal to me. Growing up on the farm, I spent my summers helping with the harvest. I know the satisfaction of making a good crop and the disappointment of missing a crop. Most of all, I know the sense of personal fulfillment that growing something out of the ground brings. Agriculturalists have improved practices so the next generation can do more with less to keep our growing population fed. It is this demand on agriculture technology that caused me to want to be an agronomist.

Kenneth Miller Kenneth Miller
Cameron County Farm Bureau

As my family’s farm has entered into Organic Vegetable Crop Production, I have been fortunate to begin my future career in farm management and advocacy now in the form of an internship as I learn through observation, questioning and discussion on all matters. I want to ensure the voice of the local farmer is shared with individuals who are able to contribute to the continuation of the agriculture industry. I want to be part of a farm management team to make wise decisions  for farm’s productivity success and future.

Aaron Gonzalez Aaron Gonzalez
Hidalgo County Farm Bureau

After completing my finance degree at Texas A&M University, I would like further my qualifications to become a Charter Financial Analyst (CFA). The duties of a CFA include evaluating investment purchases, monitoring investment portfolios, stock analysis, technical analysis and evaluating economic decisions. I know that financial advisors play such a significant role in a company’s success and I hope to be a part of that one day. I am aware that simple decisions I make will have a major impact on a company.

Kailey Keach Kailey Keach
Live Oak County Farm Bureau

Living in a small town, I recognize the need for specific talents. My greatest goal is to help those physically who are in need. The need for physical therapists in small towns is critical. My interest in the field came about when my grandmother had a stroke. The nursing home had difficulty finding a physical therapist who worked well with the older patients and accommodated their needs. I would like to open my own practice–working with in-office patients and local nursing home patients.

Young Farmer & Rancher

Hailey Wright Hailey Wright
Collingsworth County Farm Bureau
District 1

I am following a trail that is covered in all types of animal tracks, through tall grasses, brush and cactus. What will I find? I love watching nature–learning about the plants and wildlife that inhabit these rangelands. These plants provide forage for livestock and wildlife, cover during bad weather and protection from predators. Managing rangelands is important to water and soil conservation. I want an education that will provide me with the knowledge to help manage and protect the rangelands and wildlife I love.

Alicia Straley Alicia Straley
Castro County Farm Bureau
District 2

Some of my greatest childhood memories were riding in the tractor with my grandfather and herding cows with my dad and uncle. My family’s influence on my life instilled a passion for agriculture. When I was a high school sophomore, I attended the Youth Leadership Conference. The experience exposed a desire to work in public relations to promote agriculture through conversations. I see the need for innovative ideas and people willing to advocate for conserving and reinvigorating agriculture to meet future needs.

Mardi Wisdom Mardi Wisdom
Foard County Farm Bureau
District 3

My grandmother had Alzheimer’s and I learned a lot about medications and the impact they have on people’s lives. I have been raised on a farm/ranch operation and have a great deal of experience with caring for and doctoring animals. I have a strong interest in the Veterinary Feed Directive and believe stockmen are going to need help to deal with the regulations being imposed on them. As a rural pharmacist, I can help people and animals and make a difference in the quality of life for both.

Trenton Uptmore Trenton Uptmore
Hill County Farm Bureau
District 4

I have chosen to become a farmer and rancher because it is what I have enjoyed doing my whole life. My family has always been actively involved in agriculture, with my father’s own farming operation and with my own farming and ranching operation. Agriculture is a way of life for me. An animal science degree will greatly help me in my career by having the proper education to be a successful farmer and rancher and being a proper steward for future generations.

Natalie Oud Natalie Oud
Franklin County Farm Bureau
District 5

I have chosen my career as an agricultural science teacher because it will contribute to the future of agriculture by providing information to young students while combining my love for both agriculture and FFA. I intend to educate high school students about the growing ag industry and new practices and technologies available, while still maintaining the integrity of the history of our agricultural industry. I want to learn something new each day and can due to the constantly changing world of agricultural technology.

Carlie Hollingsworth Carlie Hollingsworth
Howard County Farm Bureau
District 6

Growing up as an ag teacher’s kid, I’ve been surrounded by agriculture my whole life. I have been very involved in FFA where I learned numerous skills, including public speaking. Because of my love and passion for agriculture, I have made it my personal mission to advocate for agriculture for the rest of my life to make sure it survives in the future. I want to be the head of public relations for an agriculture company such as Monsanto. I want to make an impact and change how the public views agriculture.

Justin Been Justin Been
Comanche County Farm Bureau
District 7

I am surrounded by agriculture–my FFA career, where I live and my family’s way of life. I understand the ups and downs of finances in agriculture when markets and nature affect your profit and cash flow. As an ag loan officer, I can use my agriculture background and education to guide customers to make good financial choices. My experiences with raising livestock and making custom leather goods will put me ahead in understanding the person across the desk inquiring about funds for their livestock enterprise or agribusiness.

Tanner Stefka Tanner Stefka
Burleson County Farm Bureau
District 8

Given my agricultural background and experience dealing with livestock, I would like to continue in the same field. A degree in ruminant nutrition would open up the possibilities of how we can maximize animal health and production. I hope to be able to do many studies on how the input of feed and other products will land us the most ideal output. Work in this field may impact the amount of meat Third World countries can produce. It would make me extremely proud to say I may have helped put a dent in world hunger.

Victoria Martin Victoria Martin
Houston County Farm Bureau
District 9

I have always aspired to become a veterinarian. As a child, I thought nothing could be more exciting than taking care of pets. As I became older, I gravitated towards taking care of animals for agricultural purposes. Veterinarians play a key position in keeping a rancher’s livestock, and, in turn, their livelihood healthy. Agriculture is my passion and I hope to continue to be involved with the most important industry in our nation, working side by side with ranchers to keep their livestock healthy and productive.

Johnna Pieniazek Johnna Pieniazek
Bexar County Farm Bureau
District 10

My dream is to become a product development specialist. The choice began in fifth grade when I discovered food science–a mixture of my two favorite things, food and science. In ninth grade, I had the honor to advance to the National FFA competition and won the national contest in Food Science and Technology CDE with my team. Within the contest is a practicum that centered solely on Food Product Development and this was the part in which I felt most confident. This helped me make my career decision.

Jacob Supak Jacob Supak
Wharton County Farm Bureau
District 11

I grew up on a small family farm with the rural values that are important to me. At a young age, I helped my family work cattle and drove a tractor during harvest. I have chosen a degree in biological and agricultural engineering because I want to make agriculture better by helping reduce the frustrations sometimes created from incorrect or invaluable parts, lightening the workload through better machine design and, most of all, creating ways of making agriculture more efficient and better for our future.

Jeffrey Nemec Jeffrey Nemec
DeWitt County Farm Bureau
District 12

I grew up helping my great-grandparents and great-uncles on their farms. My father, who is a high school agriculture teacher, taught me the love of agriculture and got me involved in 4-H ag competitions when I was 9. He encouraged me to join the county livestock judging team and included me on the first team ag mechanics project. I have formed a network of farmers and ranchers who have guided me. I am eager to keep learning in the agriculture world by staying involved and hope to be part of the changes in technology.

Bailey Scogin Bailey Scogin
Willacy County Farm Bureau
District 13

Agriculture is personal to me. Growing up on the farm, I spent my summers helping with the harvest. I know the satisfaction of making a good crop and the disappointment of missing a crop. Most of all, I know the sense of personal fulfillment that growing something out of the ground brings. Agriculturalists have improved practices so the next generation can do more with less to keep our growing population fed. It is this demand on agriculture technology that caused me to want to be an agronomist.

Young Farmer & Rancher for Enrolled Students

Rylee Rushing Rylee Rushing
Collin County Farm Bureau
District 4

My passion for veterinary medicine started at the ripe age of 5. It was fostered by my family and two veterinarians who encouraged me to work toward my goals. At 10, I started an animal club and helped shelters and wild abandoned baby animals. As I got older, I volunteered at the local veterinary hospital where I was able to observe and sometimes assist with different aspects of veterinary medicine. My goal is to work in a rural area at a mixed animal practice and hopefully have my own practice one day in my hometown.

Josh Haddox Josh Haddox
Nacogdoches County Farm Bureau
District 9

Growing up in a small town, I was surrounded by agriculture. Some of my earliest memories involve feeding cows and chasing chickens. In high school, I began showing steers and a scramble heifer at rodeos and county fairs. Through this, I developed a passion for livestock–cattle in particular. I realized early that a career working with these animals would suit me best. Working as a large animal veterinarian will allow me to contribute to the Texas livestock industry on a daily basis.

Cody Garrett Cody Garrett
DeWitt County Farm Bureau
District 12

Because I have grown up in the agriculture industry, I have a desire to make a career in agriculture. I was involved in ag mechanics throughout high school. I fabricated three welding projects and restored three tractors for competition, traveling to farm shows in California, Illinois and Kentucky. In addition to ag mechanics, I have also shown heifers across Texas and pigs, commercial heifers and bulls locally. I have a strong passion for fabrication and repair of agricultural equipment and want to be directly involved in this field.