Billy Evans

Age: 18
Parents: Billy and Sage Evans
Hometown: Gentry, Ark.    
FFA Chapter: Gentry FFA
Advisor: David Nelson

What is your favorite aspect of agriculture?
“I like taking care of animals better than crops because animals take care of themselves to a certain extent and crops don’t. On the other hand, crops don’t kick.”

Who is the most influential person in your life?
“My great-grandpa, Lowell O’Brian, fought in World War II and was the kind of man I want to be: loyal, respectful, kind, supportive and fun to be around. He passed before I started school and I still miss him. A treasured, but funny, family story is about him swatting my Aunt Shawn with a cane when she was a girl and they were shopping for grapes.”

What is your current involvement in agriculture, including your daily routine?
“Right now I am raising a couple of steers. One will be butchered, and the other will be sold in order to buy two more. I feed them 16 percent protein pellets and water them in the evenings. During the day they graze. We buy them when they’re really young and bottle feed them and raise them for about a year and a half before we buy another pair.”

What are some of your agricultural memories?
“My favorite memories really center around FFA. I have done livestock judging for two years but this year had to work in the business management area because of knee surgery. I am also our chapter treasurer.”

What are your future plans?
“I plan on attending the (University of Arkansas) to study criminal justice with the intention of becoming a game warden, so I will also be taking conservation and wildlife science coursework as well.”


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