Youth in Ag
Name: Dalton Haller, age 17
Parents: Joe Haller and Allison Gentry
FFA Chapter: Magazine FFA Chapter, Advisor, Joe Bob Stanton
How are you involved in agriculture?
“Growing up on a farm, it gets in your blood. This is the life,” Dalton said. Dalton Haller said he knows that farming will always be a big part of his future. Dalton plays a major role in the farming activities at Joe Haller Farms. They have four broiler houses and around 40 head of cattle. He is also raising two pigs to show at the fair.
“Dad’s got a tractor dealership in Magazine, Haller Motorworks, so he’s been running that and lets me take care of the chickens. We’ve had the chicken houses going on eight years now. One day Dad came to me and said, What do you think about doing chickens?’ I always wanted to go help the neighbors with their chickens. I always thought it was kind of fun. I don’t know if I’d do it again, though, after doing it day and night for seven years,” he said with a laugh.
Dalton, a senior at Magazine High School, was elected president of his FFA chapter this year. He hopes to attend the FFA National Convention this fall.
What is your favorite thing about farming?
“I like the work. When you’re doing something different everyday you have to think on your feet. I like getting to see my folks everyday. Not having to go off and work; and always working together with family.”
What lessons have you learned, being involved in agriculture?
“(Farming) has taught me to do the job right the first time so you don’t have to go back and do it again. It has also taught me how to work hard. You put your head down and do it, even though you don’t like it.”
Who has influenced you the most?
“My dad has influenced me a lot. Learning from him on the farm. Farming makes you mature faster. It prepares you for life.”
By Amber Parham