Age: 17

Hometown: Gainsville, Mo.

Parent: Jerry Kiger

Sibling: Nathan Kiger

FFA Chapter: Gainsville FFA

FFA Advisor: Jon Wilson

What is your involvement in agriculture?

“I am the secretary of my FFA Chapter. I was the reporter for my chapter my sophomore year and the treasurer my junior year. In FFA, I have competed in poultry, entomology and floriculture Career Development Events, which I really enjoy. I also raise chickens, Rhode Island Reds and Buff Orpingtons, and sell their eggs. I care for my animals daily and enjoy spending time with them.”

What is your favorite part about being involved in agriculture or living on a farm?

“Being involved in agriculture, you have new experiences and the opportunity to learn something new all the time.”

What are your future plans?

“I want to go to nursing school and become a traveling nurse. I plan to go to College of the Ozarks after high school. I really don’t think I will have much time to have a farm once I establish my career as a nurse. I just really like helping people, so that’s why I want to go into nursing.”

What is the best advise about agriculture you have received from adults?

“My ag teacher, Jon Wilson, has always said to try and don’t give up.”

Awards: “I have received Group 1 ratings at state in poultry and floriculture. I also qualified for state in entomology, floriculture and poultry. We were first in districts with our poultry team. I have also won a chapter proficiency award for Home and/or Community Development.


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