Elsberry FFA Member SPOTLIGHT
Amanda Jo Talbot
Name: Amanda Jo Talbot
Office: 2013-2014 Chapter Vice President
Parents: Mark and Cindy Talbot
How are you involved in agriculture?
I live on a farm where my family raises beef cattle. We currently have Saler-Hereford-Angus cross cattle. We also raise chickens and grow a large garden every year. Tomatoes, corn, green beans, and peppers are just a few of the things we grow. My family is also in the process of raising grapes, strawberries, blueberries, and different types of fruit trees as well. We grow two types of hay to feed our cattle. We have alfalfa hay as well as mixed grass hay that we cut, rake, and bale ourselves.
How are you involved with FFA?
This is my fourth year as an FFA member and my second year as an officer. Last year I served as the Chapter Parliamentarian, and this year I am serving as the Chapter Vice President. As vice president my duties include developing the Program of Activities, which is list of every activity our chapter participates in. I am also in charge of organizing chapter committees and writing the script for the Degree Ceremony and Chapter Banquet. I have participated on the Livestock, Knowledge, and Farm Management contest teams, and participated in Fall Prepared Public Speaking my freshman year. Our knowledge team was the first knowledge team from Elsberry to compete at the state level. We finished in 8th place. I am also a member of the Ladies’ Trap team. Our team took 3rd place at the area shoot.
What is your Supervised Agriculture Experience Program?
My Supervised Agriculture Experience is poultry production, where I raise chickens to sell eggs for profit. I currently have 33 hens in five different breeds: Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Red, Black Australorp, Plymouth Rock, and Dominique. I also raise fruits, vegetables, and flowers to show at the county and state fairs. This is my first year showing flowers at the fairs. I am also showing a smoked ham at the state fair.
What is your favorite part of FFA?
My favorite part of FFA would have to be attending state and national convention. It is a lot of fun and gives students the opportunity to meet students from all across the state, nation, and even Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. This was my second year of attending both state and national convention. At national convention our chapter attends the concert, the rodeo, and tours many attractions such as the Children’s museum. National Convention has been held in Indianapolis, Indiana, but this year it will be held in Louisville, Kentucky and will not return to Indianapolis until 2016.
What are your future plans?
My future plans are to graduate from high school. I then plan to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia and major in Agriculture Business and minor in Plant Sciences, with a focus on crop management or horticulture science and design. I also hope to earn my state and eventually my American Degree, the highest degree an FFA member can earn. I would like to be able to pursue a career in the agriculture industry and one day, be able to own my own farm.