Youth in Ag
Name: Jessica Fritts (17)
Parents: Judy and Jerry Fritts
Groups: Huntsville FFA, advisors, Steve Johnson and Jerick Hutchinson; Arkansas Junior Angus Association; Arkansas Junior Cattlemen’s Association and Arkansas Sheep Council
How are you involved in agriculture?
"I started showing chickens at age four, then pigs and now cattle. Now I show three Angus steers and a heifer. I also show 12 Hampshire sheep. I've been showing at the county and district fair for about 13 years, and the state fair for nine years."
What would you tell kids about showing animals?
"They may want to start off with a pig and then work their way up to bigger animals."
What are your future plans?
"I’m going to go to the University of Arkansas next year. I will be in poultry science. (After college) I’m definitely going into agriculture but, I don’t know what field for sure yet."
What does growing up on a farm teach you?
"Responsibility and pride. To see what you have raised from the start to the show gives you self-esteem and confidence. You also get to meet other people and learn about other aspects of agriculture."
Who are your role models?
"Definitely, my parents. They have helped me out a lot over the years especially with showing and school."
By Pam Lamb