Natalie Ayers > Officer List
VP AREA 3
CHAPTER: Green CityFFA
HOMETOWN: Green City, Missouri
COLLEGE: University of Missouri-Columbia
COLLEGE MAJOR: Science and Agricultural Journalism
My Supervised Agricultural Experience program consists of raising and selling approximately 300 hardy garden mums in the Green City R-1 Greenhouse. In addition, I own over 25 registered Angus cows and calves and show horses and market hogs during the summer. I also do work placement hours for my family-owned beef cattle operation.
WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO WANT TO BECOME A
MISSOURI FFA OFFICER?
Having the opportunity to serve as a Missouri State FFA Officer has been a goal of mine since I was very young. As the daughter of two FFA advisors, I have been around FFA my entire life. Long before I became a member of FFA, I used to joke with people about how I was literally born to wear the blue corduroy. I had always known I wanted to run for state office, but it was not really until the fall of my senior year when I figured out why. That was when I met the National FFA Western Region Vice President Caleb Gustin. His ability to motivate members across the nation and help them find their own ways to “shine greatness” inspired me to want to do the same. I love interacting with people, and I want to be able to help Missouri FFA members discover their inner potentials and take advantage of all the opportunities FFA has to offer.
WHO IS YOUR HERO AND WHY?
Without a doubt, my hero is my grandpa Bill. A family friend once said that he was wise, witty and wonderful. Looking back, I now realize how true this statement was. He worked hard, loved his family and treated everyone with respect no matter what their background. Although he is no longer with us, my grandpa definitely played a key role in my childhood, and I cannot think of another person who has been more influential to me.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
My future plans include earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Science and Agricultural Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Following college graduation, I will seek employment with a commodity promotion group or agricultural public relations firm. I also hope to achieve one of my personal goals and someday become the Missouri State Fair queen.
WHAT IS SOMETHING UNIQUE OR INTERESTING THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU?
Something unique about me is I have a twin brother named Zachary. We are very competitive with each other, to the point we purposely buy different breeds of market hogs just so we do not have to show against each other. He also enjoys picking on me, so I like to remind him I am Twin A by 12 minutes.
ADVICE TO FFA MEMBERS:
Set goals for yourselves and take advantage of every opportunity you can within reason. In between goals, there is a thing called life. Do not forget to enjoy it!