What dairy or ag-related extracurricular activities are you involved in? I am the president of the Albany FFA Chapter, and I am in agriculture mechanics as my career development event.

Why are you involved in these activities/organizations and what is your favorite? I enjoy the people and places I get to see. Every time I go to an FFA event, I get to meet new people, do new things and see new places. FFA is also filled with people that have common interests and experiences in agriculture.

Tell us your best experience during your time in these activities/organizations. My best experience in FFA is when me and a few other individuals from my chapter went on a trip to Indianapolis for the National FFA Convention. Nationals was five days full of meeting new people from all around the country, doing fun stuff such as going to a Garth Brooks concert or a rodeo, and the convention itself.

What’s your favorite social media? For the little bit that I am on social media, I usually go on Snapchat because it’s the most widely accepted social media application, so I just stick with where I can contact people easiest.

What are your career aspirations? Either be a woodworker or maybe a dairy or beef farmer; time will tell where life takes me.

What is something you’ve learned from being involved in these activities/organizations? The ability to talk in front of people. When I first got into office in FFA, I wasn’t very talkative and struggled talking in front of large groups of people. Now I have gotten a lot better, not perfect, but a lot better at talking in front of people and my communication skills have increased drastically.

Who do you look up to? I look up to Grandpa, because he managed to be a farmer, musician, and an outdoorsman. He ran a farm and made the most of his life by going fishing, playing guitar, harmonica and piano, hiking woods and mountains, scuba diving in lakes and oceans, and he hunted various game. He made every second count. I want to live every day as if it were my last.

Tell us something about yourself that many people don’t know. I am starting to learn the guitar and trying to get into various parts of music.

Tell us some of your duties on the farm. Feeding silage, corn, protein and hay. It also includes milking and washing up in both evenings and mornings. My family does work together on these chores, so the jobs are done collectively as a family. On the upside or downside, it does offer quality family time. I also do various things in the field and around the farm like cleaning heifers or calves.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be and how would you change it? I would change people’s morals. If I could change for everyone to have the same values and morals as everyone should have, the world would no longer be a place of turmoil and violence. It would become a place where everyone respected everyone, everybody had common sense, and the nightly news would run out of business.