Hometown: Mount Vernon, Mo.
Parents: Rex and Mary Loftis
Sibling: Dale Loftis
FFA Chapter: Mount Vernon FFA
Advisors: Steven Prewitt and Jay Shepherd
What is your involvement in agriculture?
“Currently, I am giving private horseback lessons. In the past I have raised many different kinds of livestock, shadowed in a vet clinic, and worked at a dog kennel. I am also serving as a Missouri State FFA officer so I get to travel across the state to encourage other young agriculturalists.”
What is your favorite part of being involved in agriculture?
“The work ethic FFA has instilled in me and the lasting relationships it has helped me form.”
What are your future plans?
“I am studying agriculture education and plan to teach high school ag.”
What is the best advice you have received?
“A gentleman from my church once gave me a really good piece of advice that I have held on to throughout college, ‘If you can’t seem to get everything done, then start earlier.’ It applies not only in the day-to-day work, but also when planning for long-term tasks.”
What awards have you received?
“I have been to five national Career Development Events and Leadership Development Events. I have my state degree, two state proficiency awards and placed in tier one in many state FFA Career Development Events and Leadership Development events.”