Age: 14

Hometown: Mayflower, Ark.

Parents: Kimberly and Ronnie Koch

What is your involvement in agriculture?

“My family and I own a farm, as well as black Angus cows. I also show animals in 4-H, so in addition to cows, we own other animals as well. Pigs, goats, you name it.”

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

“To me, growing up on a farm is not only fun, but it teaches you a lot of life skills. Not everyone has the opportunity to learn how to feed and take care of animals at a young age.”

What are your future plans?

“I’m not sure where I am going to college yet, but I hope to have a career in music. Even while I am pursuing my career in college, I plan to stay very involved in agriculture. I am sure I will always be a huge part in the family farm, too.”

What’s the best advice about agriculture you have received from adults?

“It is both my 4-H and FFA leaders’ philosophy to have compassion for others. For example, we feed our animals at a certain time each day. It’s the same way for people. Putting other’s needs before your own is very important.”

What advice would you give to other young people who want to be involved in agriculture?

“I would say agriculture gives you an aspect of not only where your food comes from, but a sense of responsibility as well. You’ll learn more in agriculture class than you would think possible. If you are thinking about joining, go for it.”


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