From a very young age, I have been very hands-on in the agricultural industry. Growing up on our family farm, I rode in the tractor with my dad any chance I got, I helped with feeding the sheep before I could even lift a pitchfork, and I never missed the opportunity to ride along on the four-wheeler. The memories made over the past nineteen years have shaped my passion to pursue a career in agriculture.
For as long as I can remember, fall was always my favorite time of the year. Because when in a farming family, fall means harvest season. And to me, this meant hours upon hours of sitting in the combine with my dad. The thing I enjoyed most about riding in the combine growing up was not only the wonderful naps, but the life lessons learned all while sitting in a tiny seat. I credit my work ethic, devotion to ag, and anything and everything in between to these combine ride conversations. After watching my dad work from sunrise to sunset each day, I began to learn how crucial it was to work my hardest when doing the things I care a lot about. Seeing firsthand how much the ag industry has done for our family, there is no doubt in my mind that I want to continue our legacy in the industry. Finally, from life advice to helping with my Algebra homework, my dad was always there to listen to me and help with anything. I will forever be grateful for the buddy seat and everything I have learned while sitting in it. I cannot wait to watch the next generation of our family make these same special memories.