Age: 17

Parents: Mark and Darci Ashby 

Siblings: Micah and Maddi Ashby

Hometown: Walker, Mo.


Advisor: Brett Neil

How have you been involved in agriculture over the years?

“My family and I live on a Boer goat farm. We raise and show our goats. My dad sells them as well. We raise goats from the time of their birth until they pass away.”

What is your favorite part of being involved in agriculture?

“My favorite part about living on a goat farm is getting to see all the newborn kids. I enjoy showing my goats at the Vernon County Youth Fair in Nevada, Mo., I am also part of the NEVC FFA Meats Judging Team. We finished sixth at state competition, earning a group one gold medal classification.

What are your future plans?

“I plan on going to college in my future. I am unsure about my major, but I plan on returning home to carry on the family farm.”

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

“My parents always tell me to work hard for what I want. This advice has helped me to continue to work with my goats on the hottest days, even if they are not cooperating.”

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

“I would tell them never to give up and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. If I would have given up on my hardest days, I would never be where I am today.”


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