September 5, 2017 at 3:32 p.m.

Dairy's Star Youth: Amy Kramer, Garretson, SD

Amy Kramer (18) is a senior at Brandon Valley High School in Brandon, S.D. She farms with her family in Rock County, Minn., near Garretson, S.D.<br /><!-- 1upcrlf -->PHOTO BY JERRY NELSON
Amy Kramer (18) is a senior at Brandon Valley High School in Brandon, S.D. She farms with her family in Rock County, Minn., near Garretson, S.D.<br /><!-- 1upcrlf -->PHOTO BY JERRY NELSON

Family members: Parents, Dick and Teresa Kramer.

What dairy or ag-related extracurricular activities are you involved in? Over the years I have become involved in FFA, 4-H, and showing as an open class exhibitor in Sioux Falls at the Sioux Empire Fair. During 2012 and 2013, I served as the Rock County Dairy Princess, having a great time promoting the dairy industry in different ways such as parades and special events.

Why are you involved in these activities/organizations and what is your favorite? I am involved in these organizations because I love promoting agriculture. There are many people today that don't know where the milk comes from that they buy at the store or where the cheese comes from at Pizza Ranch that is on their pizzas. I love the fact that we have the power to teach people where their food comes from and I also love knowing that I am one of the many farmers throughout the United States that produces food for people. My favorite would be FFA because through FFA I can do many things. FFA organizations are making it a goal to teach people where their food comes from and how it's prepared and that is something to be proud of.

Tell us your best experience during your time in these activities/organizations. My best experience up to today would be going to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. I learned many things throughout the week listening to our guest speakers and going to a few small informational sessions. It is a very eye-opening experience and if anyone is considering going, I highly recommend taking the time to go.

What's your favorite social media and why? My favorite social media would have to be Facebook. It's really the only social media that I have. On Facebook, there are many different agriculture related pages that you can follow to get some of the latest agriculture articles or information, such as Fastline. Social media may be bad in some ways, but if you use it correctly, it can be very helpful.

What are your career aspirations? I haven't really made up my mind as to exactly what I would like to do but I am very passionate about animals. I am looking into different careers that include animals so I am hoping to do some interning at different places to explore career fields.

What is something you've learned from being involved in these activities/organizations? I've learned that you have to be very careful about what you do on your farm. Some things are viewed as normal practices, but sometimes if you don't explain things thoroughly, people can take things the wrong way or misunderstand why you do a specific thing.

Who do you look up to and why? I look up to my parents the most. They spend day in and day out taking care of the cattle and making sure they're always healthy. They helped me get involved in all the agriculture organizations I am in today and I only hope that I can be as passionate about animals as they are when I get older.

Tell us something about yourself that many people don't know. I love my cows. I will say it anytime, but that is probably the most interesting thing about me. Most kids have a pet dog or cat, but I have my cows and calves. It is so rewarding to raise a calf to a cow and be able to walk up to them a pet them like you would any other pet. They can be very loving and caring animals if you treat them right.

Tell us some of your duties on the farm. My duties on the farm are taking care of the calves and driving tractors throughout the year, especially during harvest when I get to drive the grain cart. It is a big job, but it really is very rewarding. Sometimes driving grain cart is a little nerve wracking, but at the end of the day, you feel a little bit better knowing that you did something good that's not only going to help you in the long run, but help others, too.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be and how would you change it? I would change the fact that many people only look at the surface of the agriculture industry. I don't think many people know exactly how much our farmers today do, how long some days are, and the everyday struggles that we face. I would get a group of people together to help me go different places to help show people how we do the things we do.[[In-content Ad]]


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