Age: 17

Hometown: Buffalo, Mo.

Parents: Travis Horinek and Brandi Rodriguez

Siblings: Mercedes, Joseph, Brenna, Jacob and Alex

FFA Chapter: Buffalo FFA

Chapter advisors: MaryAnn Boro and Joey Stokes

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

“My favorite part of being involved in agriculture is that I get to inform others about it. I love living on a farm because I am able to get away from people and take in God’s creation.”

What are your future plans? 

“My future plans are still being decided. I am currently debating on being a vet or a speech therapist. Both of these can involve agriculture. I hope to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia.”

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

“My best advice about agriculture that I have received from adults is to not take it for granted. My dad gave me that advice. I haven’t taken it for granted anymore and it makes it even easier to inform others. I also enjoy learning about it more.”

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

“I would tell them that same advice I was given. ‘“Don’t take it for granted.’”


Freshman year: Outstanding Freshman Leadership pin and academic pin.

Sophomore year: Outstanding Sophomore Leadership pin and academic pin. 

Junior year: First place in Area 10 in Missouri Pet Breeders FFA Public Speaking Contest.


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