Age: 17

Parents: Mike and Lisa Sigmon

Hometown: Berryville, Ark.

FFA Chapter: Berryville FFA

Advisors: Tad Huff and Kendra Woodlee

What is your favorite aspect of agriculture?

“I really like all of it because agriculture is the backbone of America and we need to sustain our country. I raise and show registered Simmental and like caring for and checking on the animals every day.”

What are some of your FFA activities?

“I am receiving my State FFA Degree this April and also compete in livestock judging. The judging includes cattle, pigs, sheep and goats, but I like judging the cattle best because I know them best.”

Who is the most influential person in your life?

“My grandpa, Paul Hirt, has taught me the really important things like how to work hard and if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right.”

What is your current involvement in agriculture, including your daily routine?

“My main chore in the morning is to tie up the calves and feed them and then untie them before I go to school. After school I check on the cows, put out hay and feed the animals. I also work with my show animals 2 to 3 times per week on a varied schedule depending upon what’s going on.”

What are some of your agricultural memories?

“I remember showing my first heifer, Dixie, at the Washington County (Atk.) Fair, and I think I won, but it was a long time ago because I started showing when I was 6. I really like showing bulls and my first bull was named Cupid. One day in the summer while my folks were at work, I was supposed to be working with my sister Kylee but I wouldn’t listen to her. I was sitting underneath Cupid and picking tics off of his belly. She called my dad because she was worried I would get hurt. My dad told her I’d either get stepped on or kicked and learn. Cupid didn’t mind at all and we were both fine.”


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