Learning to advocate for family farmers, Rachel Wieseman came away from the State FFA Convention with new insight.
"My favorite part of FFA is meeting friends and learning leadership stuff I can use in my future," she said.
Rachel was one of 29 selected from across the state for something called the Ag Issues Academy. Kids learned about hot issues in modern agriculture.Rachel drew from her family experience, to study zoning.
She said, "I just know our farm has had a lot of, not necessarily issues, but we've worked with zoning laws to re–create land and land–leveling and all that stuff. We're really building ourselves up, new buildings, buying new land." She's no stranger to hard work on the Polk County farm. "I normally help the others, call myself the go–getter. I work in the summer, I help irrigate a lot. I help manage the cattle, I have horses I help manage cattle with," she explained.
Horses are one of Rachel's passions, competing through 4-H.
She said, "It's really given me a stable footing so I can go out and keep horses by myself and really provide for them."
As she wraps up her junior year in Osceola, she hopes to make a career in agriculture and encourages kids to get involved in 4-H and FFA.
"It's a good experience," she said.
The family farm raises corn and soybeans and about 600 head of beef cattle. If you know an outstanding young person on the farm, nominate them for our Farm Youth of the Month with an email to email@example.com and watch NTV's Grow Sunday nights at 10:35 p.m.