Adam Kirby > Officer List
CHAPTER: Trenton FFA
HOMETOWN: Trenton, Missouri
COLLEGE: University of Missouri-Columbia
COLLEGE MAJOR: Biochemistry
I have a very diverse SAE program. First, I have a hunting/outfitting club named Bigger is Better Outfitters LLC. In this capacity, I manage, and in turn, lease hunting properties to hunters from across the country. Generally, I manage deer populations and growth, but I also oversee all other local wild game. I also have a herd of approximately 15 commercial Angus cows from which I sell the calves. I also maintain a herd of registered Hereford cattle. I continually work for the Par Broadcast Group and KTTN Radio in Trenton as a sports videographer and board technician. In the summer I raise and sell approximately three acres of sweet corn, and in the winter I push snow.
WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO WANT TO BECOME A
MISSOURI FFA OFFICER?
I wanted to become a Missouri State FFA Officer so I could help others reach their dreams. I had a local chapter officer motivate me to do better, and it was because of her that I am where I am today. I wanted to do what she did for me, but on a larger scale. I wanted to motivate, inspire and empower as many FFA members as I could!
WHO IS YOUR HERO AND WHY?
My hero, undoubtedly, has been my grandfather. Every summer, he and I would go to the hayfields and work all day together. I started doing this when I was six years old — not always working, sometimes just sitting with him in the tractors and talking. As time went on, he and I talked about everything from the weather to his childhood to school coming up in the fall. One day two summers ago, he looked at me and said, “Don’t ever stop being you. Make friends, have fun and live your life.” That same day he explained to me how important it was to talk to others and make new friends as they will carry with you for the rest of your life. He expounded on that and told me how he wished he had been able to talk to people in school and make new friends, but he never could. I know if he could go back, that would be the one thing he would change. Every day after that talk he would ask me, “Have you talked to anyone today?” If I were to answer no, we would go somewhere in town. Whether it be the parts store, the local coffee joint, or just a gas station, we would find someone to talk to. These opportunities helped propel me into my future endeavors and everything that I do today. Without him, I would not be where I am today.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
I plan to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia where I have been accepted into the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources. At MU, I plan to major in biochemistry and with a possible minor in agricultural sales.
WHAT IS SOMETHING UNIQUE OR INTERESTING THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU?
Quite a few people that know me can easily say that I talk, a lot. If we can get on a conversation I could dominate the conversation and talk for hours and not think a thing about it. Honestly, I could probably talk to a brick wall and be just fine. (That’s only happened once, maybe twice).
ADVICE TO FFA MEMBERS:
Just be yourself! Many people will tell you this over and over again, but listen to this advice and really take it to heart. High school is a place where individuals begin expressing who they really are and what makes them unique. This is your life, live it to the best of your ability. The National FFA Organization is outstanding in supporting this ideology. FFA is different from anything you will ever encounter in high school, or even later in life. FFA is a like big happy family in which we don’t look at an individual’s past, but instead look to his or her future. We all wear the same thing; our FFA official dress unites us, but at the same time also allows us to be ourselves through our own personality. Once we have made our journey through high school and FFA, we will be pushed out into the real world. This is your chance to be who you truly are inside and make the best friends of your life. After all, we only have once to do this, so why not do it right? Take it from Taylor Swift: “Just be yourself, there is no one better.”