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S.M. True Jr. Agricultural Scholar

Shelbi Greaves Shelbi Greaves
Tom Green County
District 6

I am a junior at Texas A&M University where I am studying agribusiness and I am also an intern at the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M. I grew up on a ranch and my family owned an outfitting business. Those experiences combined sparked my interest in agricultural businesses. I am passionate about agriculture and its role in helping those in need. In high school, I saw fellow students going hungry and decided to help. I developed a program that allowed students in need to cash in certificates for food at a local grocery store.

Dick Mitchell Memorial Foundation

District 1 Scholarship Recipients

Brent Rohrbach Don Ray Crook Honorary Scholarship

Brent Rohrbach
Deaf Smith County
District 1

I have chosen a career as an optometrist because I enjoy learning about science and how everything works in the body. I have always been fascinated with optometry and how the eye functions. Being born and raised on a farm, many people are surprised to hear that I want to pursue a career outside agriculture. I enjoy farming but do not feel that is what I am called to do. I want to go off the beaten path. I am driven by the thought I could do something that has never been done before in my family.

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Leslie Batenhorst Leslie Batenhorst
Hartley County
District 1

Following graduation from Texas Tech University, my goal is to work for the Texas Pork Producers Association (TPPA) as their director of communications. I have a strong passion for the livestock industry and don’t want my involvement to end with my showing career. My life has revolved around showing pigs, just like an athlete might do with a sport. I want to continue my involvement in the livestock industry and get a positive message out to the public about agriculture, specifically livestock.

Katherine Bezner Katherine Bezner
Dallam County
District 1

My passion evolves around kids. I admire their resiliency and ability to see the world in a new light. Working with youth gives me a sense of a higher purpose and a feeling of accomplishment. I plan to work as a county Extension agent for AgriLife. I am passionate about agricultural education and implementing life skills in the hands of youth. My ultimate vision is to increase 4-H involvement for children with disabilities. By doing what I love, I will be able to serve others and make an impact.

Russell Spurlock Russell Spurlock
Sherman County
District 1

My goal is to attend West Texas A&M University and major in Ag Business. My father owns a farm and I have grown up in the agriculture life so that is a huge interest to me. My favorite classes were business and accounting so I have chosen the career path of a banker or ag lender. In kindergarten when we had career day, I walked to school in an oversized suit carrying a briefcase with Monopoly money sticking out. I hope one day to be the man that young kindergarten boy envisioned.

District 2 Scholarship Recipients

Jadeyn Arthur S.M. True Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Jadeyn Arthur
Crosby County
District 2

It is evident to anyone I meet that I have a passion for animals. Studying, caring for, raising and educating others about animals has become much more than a hobby. Through my 4-H contests in veterinary science, horse, sheep, swine, beef, rabbits and meats, I have progressed in my knowledge of each species. I have always known I wanted to become a veterinarian and the influence of individuals such as project leaders, Extension agents and veterinarians helped shape my path toward that career.

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Olivia Hammonds Olivia Hammonds
Lynn-Garza County
District 2

My life has centered around agriculture since the day I was born. As a farmer’s daughter, the ups and downs have taken me on quite the adventure. Through my involvement in FFA and athletics, I found my passion for agriculture and sports unwavering. I would like to come home to West Texas to open my own physical therapy clinic and assist those in my tightknit community, whose main incomes depend on agriculture and small businesses. I want to make a difference in the lives of those who helped shape me.

Maleea Harper Maleea Harper
Lamb County
District 2

After attending the TFB Youth Leadership Conference and giving my speech nine times to groups and organizations, I discovered my love of public speaking, especially when it’s about agriculture. Growing up on our family farm and raising livestock, I developed a passion for agriculture and the people in the industry. I watched my dad go through the heartache of a rough crop and then rejoice with the good. I want to pursue a career as a public relations specialist. I look forward to telling the story of agriculture.

Nikki Odom Nikki Odom
Castro County
District 2

As a 4-H livestock ambassador, I learned that not only do I like agriculture, I have a passion for it. There are so many misconceptions of the industry we serve. I want to help my generation understand what agriculturalists do every day and the struggles they go through. Agriculture has been my family’s life and I cannot abandon it. I have to protect and fight for what is right and stop the deceptive posts on social media by animal rights organizations. I want to be an asset to agriculture as a marketing manager.

District 3 Scholarship Recipients

Ashley Cox Elton Scott Honorary Scholarship

Ashley Cox
Jack County
District 3

Being a county Extension agent is the perfect job for me because I love to work with children and adults. My mom works with youth in our county and I see the changes she makes in their lives. Helping others better themselves is what I aspire to do in life. I have grown up in a rural community and see firsthand the importance of agriculture in our lives. As a Family and Consumer Science agent, I will be teaching people how to properly store, prepare and consume agricultural products.

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Reilly Anderson Reilly Anderson
Wichita County Farm Bureau
District 3

I have chosen dental hygiene because I want to be able to give people healthy smiles. When I meet people, the first thing I notice is someone’s smile. I believe if someone is confident in their smile and appearance, it could help lead them to success. They will be confident when speaking to others and it will allow for doors of opportunity to open. A smile can simply change the interaction between people and I want to be able to give that to them.

Hayley Arnold Hayley Arnold
Baylor County
District 3

I have chosen the career path as a criminal psychological analyst because the human mind fascinates me. The way the mind works and how people handle their thoughts are things that I have always wanted to learn more about. Dealing with criminals, on the other hand, has always been a dream job of mine, whether it be in a mental hospital or a state prison. I hope to pursue this career following my graduation from Texas A&M University.

M'Lynn Prewitt M’Lynn Prewitt
Clay County
District 3

I would like to combine my love for promoting agriculture with my ability to communicate information effectively with a variety of audiences. My goals have always included learning as much as possible about how to improve our nation’s future in agriculture while also promoting that information for the benefit of others in the community. I would like to be a communications manager for an agricultural business following graduation from Tarleton State University.

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District 4 Scholarship Recipients

Taylor Schertz Joe Kapavik Memorial Scholarship

Taylor Schertz
Denton County
District 4

From a very young age, I dreamed of a career in agriculture. I hope to secure a career in either the livestock or food science industry. My primary goal is to ensure the life and well-being of citizens around the world. With a better understanding of the livestock and food science industry, I desire to help farmers and scientists find new ways to feed the world. I want to shed a positive light on the agricultural community and spread a positive image of the dedication that farmers demonstrate every day.

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Conner Chambers Conner Chambers
Denton County
District 4

I was raised in a small town in Northwest Texas helping my grandparents run their 200-head cow-calf operation. I realized I have spent most of my life caring for animals. Whenever my family has a sick calf or a heifer having trouble giving birth, I have always been excited to help. I want to experience that same excitement and happiness as a veterinarian, focusing on livestock and other large animals. The challenge of evaluating, diagnosing and treating animals and working with their owners excites me.

Korbin Clark Korbin Clark
Hill County
District 4

Texas is one of several states in the U.S. that has a large animal veterinarian shortage. A large percentage of veterinarians choose to specialize in small animals. I want to bring my education and skills back to rural America. I plan to specialize in a large animal veterinary practice treating mainly cattle, swine, goats and sheep. Local farming and ranching is vital to our lives. We depend on healthy animals for our food supply. My goal is to keep the meat we eat and the milk we drink organic and healthy.

Merrick Irvin Merrick Irvin
Johnson County
District 4

Throughout my life, I have taken a keen interest in animals. I currently raise many different animals with my family and have had to medicate and take care of them. The animal world has always interested and intrigued me. I want to pursue a career in animal science at Texas A&M University to become a veterinarian and continue doing what I love. I want to care for exotic and large animals as well as cats and dogs. Pursuing this career will give me the opportunity to do what I love daily.

District 5 Scholarship Recipients

Elizabeth Dougherty John W. “Pete” Gipson Memorial Scholarship

Beth Ann Dougherty
Lamar County
District 5

Danny Thomas said, “Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.” This quote perfectly summarizes my natural inclination to help people. When I shadowed an occupational therapist, my experience compelled me to volunteer at a hospital. I also saw my cousin benefit from equine-assisted therapy. Whether traditional or animal-assisted, pediatric or geriatric, a career as an occupational therapist is what I want to spend the rest of my life doing.

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Kimberlee Allison Kimberlee Allison
Lamar County
District 5

I have a love and passion for agriculture and FFA. I have been a very active participant in all aspects of FFA, including leadership development and career development events and showing swine and cattle. I want to teach and help students grow and learn about the importance of agriculture and leadership. My agricultural science teachers helped me find my potential and I want to do the same for other students. As an agricultural education teacher, I want to inspire students to achieve their goals.

Hannah Lloyd Hannah Lloyd
Smith County
District 5

I have chosen Agriculture Communications as my course of study because of the experiences I gained through FFA. I plan to be the voice for agriculture by working with companies, organizations, government and industries to share the truth about agriculture and promote agricultural advancement. I am proud of my roots as a farmer’s granddaughter and the contributions that agriculture makes to feed and clothe the world. I am anxious to start my career as an agricultural sales representative.

Colton Ramsey Colton Ramsey
Smith County
District 5

I have two passions: helping people and sports. Physical therapy will allow me to combine these passions very well. I will be able to establish rapport with patients, which will help treatment sessions go well. Patients recovering from sports-related injuries will allow me to discuss sports and help patients get back to participation. From a few personal injuries, I know watching your team play without you can be depressing. I hope to help patients with injuries while encouraging their spirit.

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District 6 Scholarship Recipients

Mackenzie Weadock David Stubblefield Honorary Scholarship

Mackenzie Weadock
Tom Green County
District 6

Being raised in the agriculture industry, I can’t help but want to spend the rest of my life sharing those experiences with others. Seeking a degree in Journalism and Communications will teach me how to properly research and report on key events. Ideally, I would like to become the advertising or marketing consultant for a major Texas stock show and rodeo organization. While I can never truly know what my future holds, I do know I will always find a way to advocate for agriculture.

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Erin Hoelscher Erin Hoelscher
Tom Green County
District 6

I have chosen the career path of an agricultural lawyer because I want to devote my life to giving back to the people of this industry. Growing up on a farm, working in a cotton gin and being very involved with FFA have left me with a deep-rooted passion to advocate for agriculture. Farmers, ranchers and other workers in the industry often get pushed to the side and stepped on by government and big name corporations. I want to advocate for people who provide so much for the world and ask for so little.

Trey Schwartz Trey Schwartz
Tom Green County
District 6

Becoming an attorney has been my career choice since elementary school. I initially wanted to be both an attorney and president of the United States. The law has always been very interesting to me and I would very much like to be a lawyer to help people in need throughout my career. I want to be the legal counsel who believes in those needing help and who goes the extra mile to achieve a successful outcome. All of my exposure to the field of law has reinforced my strong desire to be an attorney.

Elle-Kaye Terry Elle-Kaye Terry
Fisher County
District 6

My dad and grandpa instilled a love for agriculture in me at a young age that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I grew up on a farm and see just how important communication is on even daily tasks around the farm. I have seen miscommunication through the agricultural industry and the public. I would love to use my degree in Communications to work through some of the confusion and show the public what American agriculture really is about and be a voice to improve the lives of rural farmers.

District 7 Scholarship Recipients

Katy Davis Leroy Pelzel Memorial Scholarship

Katy Davis
Comanche County
District 7

I have competed my entire life on horses and have been involved in several youth and national rodeo associations. I am a determined, independent and confident person today because of this. I also found another passion in technical theatre production. I have been a lighting and sound tech, director and stage manager for numerous live events and plays. I have decided to pursue a career to combine both my passions. With a degree in Stage Management, I will be prepared to work in real-time productions.

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Mary Butler Mary Butler
Erath County
District 7

I plan to attend Texas Tech University and major in Agricultural Communications. I’ve chosen a career as a writer or journalist for agriculture because I have a passion for agriculture and a passion for writing. I’ve always loved to write and hope to one day be a published author. I’ve been involved in the agricultural industry most of my life. I hope that my love for agriculture and my leadership and communication skills will be of good use to me in my future career.

Sierra Gordon Sierra Gordon
Brown County
District 7

My heritage in the agricultural industry has shaped me into the person I am today. My parents and grandparents have instilled in me a passion for agriculture. I have gained a great appreciation for the rural, agricultural-based lifestyle. I want to pursue a career in the field of agriculture, possibly as an agricultural appraiser, quality control or farm/ranch manager. No matter what the specific job, it would be based in a rural community and involve building relationships with local ag producers.

Macy Lange Macy Lange
Runnels County
District 7

Being born and raised in West Texas has taught me many aspects of Texas agriculture. I grew up raising sheep and goats and watched my grandparents grow wheat, grain sorghum and cotton. I will continue to educate others about agriculture’s importance to their well-being. The knowledge and experience I gained through 4-H showing sheep and goats and livestock judging is an endless list. These experiences led me to career choices of a Texas AgriLife Extension sheep and goat specialist or a feed consultant.

District 8 Scholarship Recipients

Clairion DuBose Calvin Rueter Honorary Scholarship

Clairion DuBose
Coryell County
District 8

Throughout high school, I explored my interest in agriculture through my course studies. Animals have always been a part of my life and I care about their well-being. I volunteered at the Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians in Montgomery, Ala. to help special needs children balance while they rode horses. The program is therapy for children and soldiers with PTSD. This taught me that animals can be used to heal people. The process of healing animals is the main reason I want to be a veterinarian.

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Marshall Halfmann Marshall Halfmann
Falls County
District 8

All my life, I have wanted to make a difference in the world. I don’t want to be a “paper-pushing” paralegal or stuck in an office building. I want to do something to make the world a better place by getting work done better, safer and in a more efficient manner. Engineering is the place to do it. I read a book on the great feats of engineering and inventions and it was the spark that showed me engineering was the career path for which I was searching. Engineers have built the civilization that we all enjoy.

Elaine Jackson Elaine Jackson
Travis County
District 8

I have chosen to study Marketing because I am interested in graphic design and promotion. I credit 4-H and FFA with helping me determine my career goals. I was a participant in making a documentary and created websites, Facebook pages and logos for everyone I knew. I love the design component. Because I had the opportunity to raise and show cattle, I enjoy promoting beef, cattle and agriculture. My ideal career would be to promote agriculture and agricultural-based products through design and marketing.

Stephanie Schronk Stephanie Schronk
McLennan County
District 8

During my eighth grade year, my knee was injured and required surgery. I had the opportunity to work with amazing orthopedic doctors and physical therapists, which led me to love the medical field even more than I already did. My orthopedic doctor was helpful in explaining the procedure. His kindness and helpfulness has led me to the decision of striving to one day be just as good of an orthopedic doctor as he is. Not only will I be helping others, but I will be saving lives and making a difference.

District 9 Scholarship Recipients

Casey Neuman Harold Hughes Memorial Scholarship

Casey Neuman
Polk County
District 9

From a young age, I was immersed in the worlds of medicine and agriculture. My father’s father was a medical doctor and my mother’s father was an agricultural science teacher and now owns a cattle ranch. I also raised and exhibited livestock. Since a majority of my projects were market steers and commercial heifers, I plan to specialize in large animal health. As a veterinarian, I can do my part promoting agriculture by offering a service crucial in feeding the increasing number of hungry Americans.

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Haley Barnett Haley Barnett
Anderson County
District 9

I grew up surrounded by the love of agriculture. My grandparents own and operate a show cattle business that I grew up helping with and learning. My experiences with 4-H, FFA and the Farm Bureau Youth Leadership Conference have molded me into a leader and strengthened my passion for agriculture. I hope to continue to help my grandparents and to own and operate my own show cattle business one day. This career choice will provide ways to help others and stay involved in agriculture.

Randall Navarro Randall Navarro
Madison County
District 9

I have chosen to pursue a career in agricultural engineering–preferably on the soil and chemical portions–mostly based on my experiences from FFA. Through these experiences, I have come to know how vital agriculture is to our world and all it gives us. FFA has given me the opportunity to learn numerous skills, including leadership, public speaking and soil evaluation. Agriculture and FFA have played a pivotal role in my life and have influenced many of my future educational and career choices.

Mason Neal Mason Neal
Polk County
District 9

I have two options I am considering for a career. It has always been a dream of mine to serve Texas in an effort to protect and preserve it. Being a game warden would allow me to do this. I have been exposed to the great outdoors, hunting, fishing and a variety of livestock. I have also always wanted to work with animals. Becoming a large animal veterinarian would allow me to return to rural Southeast Texas to help with the shortage of large animal vets. Both options have one thing in common–agriculture.

District 10 Scholarship Recipients

Katherine Haile Dennis Dean Honorary Scholarship

Katherine Haile
Kendall County
District 10

I would like to be involved with production agriculture on a working ranch. I chose this field because I was raised on a small farm/ranch and enjoyed working with cows and helping my dad. He was a major influence on me and convinced me that someone who could work hard could make a living ranching. Watching my dad work with other ranchers and participating in the 4-H Youth Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Tour were instrumental in my decision by showing me the many aspects of agriculture.

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Grace Baxter Grace Baxter
Hays County
District 10

My ambition for pursuing a career as a marketing manager is to apply my passion for agriculture in helping educate producers on how to utilize products that raise livestock and crops more efficiently. I want to make a personal impact on helping farmers and ranchers feed a growing world population. I was drawn to this career by my dad’s involvement in the animal health industry. I have witnessed his impact on improving health management practices utilized by beef and dairy producers.

Hayden Dallmeyer Hayden Dallmeyer
Atascosa County
District 10

My experience assisting my grandfather in land grading, soil testing, plumbing and septic design and installation business should prove valuable when I become a professional engineer as a surveyor, farm equipment design engineer or water engineer, designing innovative systems to accommodate an ever-changing society. I will always keep my hand in animal science and animal husbandry , though. I plan to grow my Beefmaster herd and continue breeding and selling weanling calves.

Jacie Henefey Jacie Henefey
Medina County
District 10

I plan to pursue a degree in Animal Science with full intentions to continue my education after graduation and attend veterinarian school, focusing on large animal practice. I have been involved in raising and showing steers for the past 10 years, as well as building my registered Angus herd with my heifers. I plan to open my own practice one day to fill the need of a large animal veterinarian in my hometown area and make a living that will help me maintain and expand my family’s cattle ranch.

District 11 Scholarship Recipients

Jordan Rickaway Curt Mowery Honorary Scholarship

Jordan Rickaway
Matagorda County
District 11

My grandfather and grandmother on my dad’s side lost the battle against pancreatic cancer. My grandmother died when I was six years old and, while she was my grandma, she also was my best friend. From the day my dad had to tell me the news of her passing, I made a vow to save future lives from the disease. As a surgical oncologist, I hope to be able to succeed in the objectives I set for my life. My grandparents’ passing left me with a drive to cure what has until now been considered incurable.

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Cameron Guthman Cameron Guthman
Wharton County
District 11

I found my love for occupational therapy through working with special needs students and being involved with sports medicine in high school. I have interacted with special needs students both in classes and through the Wharton County Special Olympics. My love for helping these students led me to my career choice. As an occupational therapist, I will impact people every day I go to work and this is the fulfillment I yearn for in a career. I can help them live a more complete life.

Lauren Holtkamp Lauren Holtkamp
Montgomery County
District 11

My plan is to be an elementary school music teacher who provides opportunities for each student and actively engage them with hands-on activities. At every opportunity, I would want to showcase my students and show their passion for music while serving the community. I never want to stop giving back to youth or my community. The Montgomery County Fair has been part of my life and I plan to give back to them by serving on one of their committees. The fair encouraged me and taught me perseverance.

Regan McGuill Regan McGuill
Wharton County
District 11

I aspire to be an attorney with a focus on agricultural issues. I will be attending Texas A&M University and majoring in Animal Science. Showing livestock through the 4-H program has helped me to develop a passion for the agricultural industry. I well understand the struggles facing the industry and am dedicating the next chapter of my life to protecting and advocating for this industry that feeds the world.

District 12 Scholarship Recipients

Sarah Bludau Don Sugarek Memorial Scholarship

Sarah Bludau
Lavaca County
District 12

Economist, market analyst, critical thinker, problem solver, agricultural savvy. These are words that describe me and words that describe a person who wants to be a leader in the field of agriculture. I plan to specialize in ruminant nutrition and, upon completion of my bachelor’s degree, pursue a doctorate in the agricultural field or veterinary science. Ultimately, I want to be a part of the agricultural research team who solves the food challenges that face our world and successfully feeds the population of 2050.

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Tyler Homann Tyler Homann
Caldwell County
District 12

I grew up ranching and working with both grandfathers and my dad. It was easy for me to take farm equipment and other things apart and put them back together. What I learned from helping my grandfathers has been the driving factor that steered me in the direction of agriculture engineering as a career. The thought of making farm equipment better intrigues me. I want to continue to help with the production of food, fiber or other plant or animal products by building and designing farm equipment.

Kodye Neel Kodye Neel
Goliad County
District 12

My dream career is to be involved in international agriculture relations, or work for a company that is in multiple countries. I intend to have a career where I can help others in struggling countries. Armed with cutting edge agricultural knowledge and a passion for travel, I want to go into countries in need and help them implement the newest agricultural techniques that this nation can develop. America is the leader in agriculture and I believe that it is our duty to assist other countries in their agricultural endeavors.

Kyler Palmer Kyler Palmer
Karnes County Farm Bureau
District 12

I plan to attend Texas A&M University to major in Agricultural Economics. My ideal occupation is to represent the local farmer at the congressional level as a local, state or national elected official. To support my career as a public servant, I would like to grow and raise broiler chickens for corporate poultry productions through solar-powered facilities. This combines my passion for agriculture with my passion for green energy, all while supporting my passion for serving others.

District 13 Scholarship Recipients

Tristan Frerich Gary Underbrink Memorial Scholarship

Tristan Frerich
San Patricio County
District 13

I have dedicated my life to service and find joy helping others. I plan to pursue my dreams and enlist in the U.S. Army, defending our country while preserving freedom and our rights. I will enlist in the Army Reserves throughout college, while earning my degree in Poultry Science. My Poultry Science degree will allow me to earn all the prerequisites to apply for medical school of any type, allowing me to become a physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, registered nurse or anything in the medical field.

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Kennedy Boykin Kennedy Boykin
Cameron County
District 13

Throughout my years of raising animals in FFA, I kept them in a very unsanitary ag farm with little resources to comfort them during events. In 2014, our school district was granted a state-of-the-art ag farm that solved our problems. With a Construction Science degree, I can construct and design facilities for areas in need in order to give students the opportunity to learn about the agricultural field with proper resources. I want to put my ideas to work to improve the agricultural community.

Cameron Chappell Cameron Chappell
Willacy County
District 13

Farming has been in my blood ever since I can remember and that will never change. I run combines, cotton pickers, plows and anything that involves me getting into the seat of that tractor. Chappell Farms has been in our family for three generations, making me a fourth generation farmer when I graduate from Texas A&M University. I want to be a cotton and sorghum farmer to continue the family tradition and legacy. I plan to bring innovative ideas and practices to make our crop production more efficient.

Ellora Vela Ellora Vela
Hidalgo County
District 13

The Rio Grande Valley is a gem. Many families possess landscaping, animal care and other agricultural experience. I want to make an impact in my community. As an agricultural instructor, I can have a profound effect on students’ lives and awaken in them a vision of pursuing a bright future. I want to fill my hometown with hard-working, productive citizens who teach future generations the importance of agriculture, because three times a day, 365 days a year, a farmer and rancher feed them all.

Young Farmer & Rancher

Bret Barnard Bret Barnard
Sherman County
District 1

I would like to manage a large game hunting ranch. I have chosen this career path due to my extreme passion for hunting and the outdoors. Being able to turn this passion into a livelihood would be a dream come true. I would like to show others the enjoyment of the outdoors and teach young children gun safety and wildlife patterns. I would also like to help landowners see that the addition of leasing their land to a trustworthy hunting business can provide additional income for their family.

Nikki Odom Nikki Odom
Castro County
District 2

As a 4-H livestock ambassador, I learned that not only do I like agriculture, I have a passion for it. There are so many misconceptions of the industry we serve. I want to help my generation understand what agriculturalists do every day and the struggles they go through. Agriculture has been my family’s life and I cannot abandon it. I have to protect and fight for what is right and stop the deceptive posts on social media by animal rights organizations. I want to be an asset to agriculture as a marketing manager.

Holt Bivens Holt Bivens
Knox County
District 3

Working and spending time on the family farm has always been interesting and enjoyable to me. Farming has supported my family for generations. Because of this, it is not surprising to anyone who knows me that I am pursuing a degree in Agricultural Business and a career in the agriculture industry. I would like to work for a company that helps farmers increase profit and plan for economic inconsistencies. I want to promote agriculture to show the importance of it in our daily lives.

Korbin Clark Korbin Clark
Hill County
District 4

Texas is one of several states in the U.S. that has a large animal veterinarian shortage. A large percentage of veterinarians choose to specialize in small animals. I want to bring my education and skills back to rural America. I plan to specialize in a large animal veterinary practice treating mainly cattle, swine, goats and sheep. Local farming and ranching is vital to our lives. We depend on healthy animals for our food supply. My goal is to keep the meat we eat and the milk we drink organic and healthy.

Hylke Talsma Hylke Talsma
Franklin County
District 5

I built ag mechanics projects in shop class and it really intrigued me to learn how all the pieces came together to create something that makes life easier. Although building in ag shop is more technical engineering, it still sparked my interest in the engineering field. I want to become an agricultural engineer so I can work on new ways to improve agriculture. New ways to produce more food with limited resources are needed. I want to be part of the future agriculturalists who make it happen.

Erin Hoelscher Erin Hoelscher
Tom Green County
District 6

I have chosen the career path of an agricultural lawyer because I want to devote my life to giving back to the people of this industry. Growing up on a farm, working in a cotton gin and being very involved with FFA have left me with a deep-rooted passion to advocate for agriculture. Farmers, ranchers and other workers in the industry often get pushed to the side and stepped on by government and big name corporations. I want to advocate for people who provide so much for the world and ask for so little.

Macy Lange Macy Lange
Runnels County
District 7

Being born and raised in West Texas has taught me many aspects of Texas agriculture. I grew up raising sheep and goats and watched my grandparents grow wheat, grain sorghum and cotton. I will continue to educate others about agriculture’s importance to their well-being. The knowledge and experience I gained through 4-H showing sheep and goats and livestock judging is an endless list. These experiences led me to career choices of a Texas AgriLife Extension sheep and goat specialist or a feed consultant.

Lauren Kale Lauren Kale
Hamilton County
District 8

I will attend West Texas A&M University to major in Agricultural Education. I have chosen to become an ag teacher because I believe in the FFA, what the FFA teaches and what it promotes. The FFA has given me countless opportunities to better myself and my future. I have chosen this profession so I can help make these opportunities for my students. I want to be able to continue to work with and give back to the FFA because it has given so much to me.

Randall Navarro Randall Navarro
Madison County
District 9

I have chosen to pursue a career in agricultural engineering–preferably on the soil and chemical portions–mostly based on my experiences from FFA. Through these experiences, I have come to know how vital agriculture is to our world and all it gives us. FFA has given me the opportunity to learn numerous skills, including leadership, public speaking and soil evaluation. Agriculture and FFA have played a pivotal role in my life and have influenced many of my future educational and career choices.

Jacie Henefey Jacie Henefey
Medina County
District 10

I plan to pursue a degree in Animal Science with full intentions to continue my education after graduation and attend veterinarian school, focusing on large animal practice. I have been involved in raising and showing steers for the past 10 years, as well as building my registered Angus herd with my heifers. I plan to open my own practice one day to fill the need of a large animal veterinarian in my hometown area and make a living that will help me maintain and expand my family’s cattle ranch.

Trey Landry Trey Landry
Brazos County
District 11

I am a chicken man and chickens are an important part of my life and who I am today. I raise chickens, show chickens, judge chickens and I even eat chicken! Through FFA, I have exhibited in local and major broiler shows for 10 years. My projects have taught me teamwork and perseverance, but most importantly, they have led me to seek a college degree and career in the poultry field. I’ve considered running my own broiler farm or maybe operating a poultry supply business.

Kyler Palmer Kyler Palmer
Karnes County Farm Bureau
District 12

I plan to attend Texas A&M University to major in Agricultural Economics. My ideal occupation is to represent the local farmer at the congressional level as a local, state or national elected official. To support my career as a public servant, I would like to grow and raise broiler chickens for corporate poultry productions through solar-powered facilities. This combines my passion for agriculture with my passion for green energy, all while supporting my passion for serving others.

Tristan Frerich Tristan Frerich
San Patricio County
District 13

I have dedicated my life to service and find joy helping others. I plan to pursue my dreams and enlist in the U.S. Army, defending our country while preserving freedom and our rights. I will enlist in the Army Reserves throughout college, while earning my degree in Poultry Science. My Poultry Science degree will allow me to earn all the prerequisites to apply for medical school of any type, allowing me to become a physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, registered nurse or anything in the medical field.

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Natalie Oud Natalie Oud
Franklin County
District 5

As an agricultural science teacher, I can contribute to the future of agriculture by providing information to young students while combining my love for both agriculture and FFA. Through FFA, students develop skills they will use for the rest of their lives. I intend to educate high school students about the growing agricultural industry and the new practices and technologies available. I personally want to learn something new every day because of the constantly changing world of technology in agriculture.

Cameron Price Cameron Price
Erath County
District 7

I have chosen a career as an agricultural public relations specialist because it will allow me to pursue two of my passions–agriculture and leadership–in order to make a successful living and contribute to society. I will also be able to educate the public about agriculture. Through my course studies, I will gain knowledge about horticulture, animal science, ag leadership, wildlife, ag business, the 4-H program and ag construction in order to become proficient in representing the agricultural industry.

Lindsey Schmalriede Lindsey Schmalriede
McLennan County
District 8

I have chosen a career in agricultural policy and development and agricultural finance. I am seeking to go to law school and become actively involved in ag policy and development to protect producer families like mine. As an intern with the Texas Farm Bureau legislative staff in Austin, I have been able to meet with lawyers, bankers and grain owners to help write an ag lien bill to help push the protection for all entities involved. This opportunity helped me learn many aspects of policy and development.