Alyssa Anderson

Age: 16
Parent: Kevin Anderson
Hometown: Berryville, Ark.
FFA Chapter: Berryville FFA
Advisors: Justin Bramall, Tad Huff and Kendra Woodlee

What is your favorite aspect of agriculture?
“I live on a beef cattle farm that also has pigs and chickens so it’s no surprise that I like working with animals the best. I feel a connection with them and satisfaction as they grow up strong and healthy.”

Who is the most influential person in your life?

“My grandma Betty Anderson is the most influential because I can always ask her and she always has an answer for me. We do farm chores together every night and go to church together on Wednesdays and Sundays. I also enjoy cooking with her. She taught me to be myself not what other people think I should be.”

What is your current involvement in agriculture?
“I really enjoy being a member of FFA and the opportunities it provides such as competing with my horses and chickens. I may do a prepared speech for competition in FFA this year. My chores include feeding and watering all the animals and there’s quite a variety with horses, cows, chickens, and pigs.”

What are your future plans?
“I want to be an agriculture teacher because it’s important for young people to become knowledgeable about an active in the wide variety of opportunities provided by agriculture. Consequently I plan to attend the College of the Ozarks, where you earn your tuition by working while you go to school. My grandma recommended it and so we went to look at the school. I especially enjoyed going through the milk barn. I also want to own my own farm and raise Black Angus like my grandparents.”

Awards: “This last year I won first at the county fair for showmanship on my Quarter Horse, Duke. I also received the FFA certificate for beef cattle.”

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