Hometown: Liberal, Mo.
Parents: Michael Perry and Amy Perry
Siblings: Joni, Clint, Jessi, Casey and Crista
FFA Chapter: Liberal FFA
Involvement in agriculture: Jenna Perry comes from a long line of family farmers. She is currently a third-generation pig farmer, raising Durocs with her family, which is something her grandpa did in high school. Jenna said agriculture has been the biggest part of her life.
Through all the hard work, Jenna said her favorite part about being involved in agriculture is the relationships she’s made.
“They have changed my life in so many ways and made me the person that I am,” Jenna said.
Person who has inspired her the most: Her grandpa has been her biggest inspiration, and offered his words of wisdom to Jenna.
“A farmer should never go into a field to cultivate dead crops, so we should cultivate what’s alive: our youth,” Jenna said, quoting her grandfather. “We need to make sure our future is bright, and we can make a bright future in ag.”
Advice to other young people involved in agriculture and FFA: Jenna says to “jump in headfirst and never look back.”
“It’s an organization that will change your life if you let it,” she said.
Her first officer position was as her chapter’s secretary, which lead to her current position as Missouri FFA State Secretary.
Future plans: With a year still in high school, Jenna isn’t sure what path she will take in the future, but she plans to “be an advocate in day to day life” in the world of agriculture.