Age: 18

Hometown: Macks Creek, Mo.

Parents: Chris and Stacey Kinney

Siblings: Older brother Brodi

FFA Chapter: Macks Creek FFA

Advisor: Debbie Wommack

What’s your involvement in agriculture? “I’ve grown up in agriculture. My parents raise beef cattle, registered Gelbvieh. They had dairy cattle until I was about 10 or so then they sold the dairy cows and got into beef cattle. They have about 400 cow/calf pairs on approximately 1,000 acres. I help raise the orphan calves.”

What’s your involvement in your FFA chapter? “I’ve been in FFA all four years of high school and really enjoy going to the events and the leadership side of things.

“I worked on prepping the area at the school for our first-ever spring plant sale. After this year, we can just build on it year after year. It also involves soil sampling and doing small landscaping projects around the school campus.

“There is a lot of record keeping and the time that goes with my SAE, Supervised Agriculture Experience. I’m doing gardening and cattle.”

Other activities: “I was in National Honor Society all four years of high school and also a cheerleader. I’m in a local group called the Idiots Club that was started by a group of local retired teachers. We raise money to help in the community, like paying for kids’ shoes and paying the way for others to go to things like the FFA Convention.”

What are your plans for the future? “I’ll be going on to Ozark Technical College (OTC) to do medical coding. I really like agriculture and conservation work, but it’s pretty tough to get a job in those fields.”


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