Age: 16

Parents: Lenny and Tammy Meek

Hometown: Decatur, Ark.

FFA Chapter: Decatur FFA

Advisor: Lisa Barrett

What is your favorite aspect of agriculture?

“I really like the veterinary science because my sister is a vet assistant and I enjoy learning and knowing more when I deal hands-on with animals.”

Who is the most influential person in your life?

“My sister Tiffany is really influential. In many ways she was more like a mom than a sister.”

What is your current involvement in agriculture?

“Our family just bought a new farm so we are really busy building fence, which is hard work. One of the things I like best is using a vet gun to shoot the cattle for fly control. It’s fun because it’s sort of like a paintball gun, and I’m the best of everyone. My dad is really terrible and sometimes misses the whole animal.”

Awards: “I’ve won different awards at different times but this year was the best ever. Bebe, my Duroc gilt, won grand champion Duroc gilt and overall supreme gilt.”

What are your future plans?

“I come from a pretty small town so going to junior college before picking where I will earn my four-year degree in kinesiology is important. I want to be a teacher and coach.”

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?

“People know me more as an all-around track athlete, including running, long jump, triple jump and pole vaulting. My best event, however, is hurdles. I have been the state individual champion five times and our team has been the champion team in Arkansas back to back. Most of my fellow students would be very surprised to know how involved I am in agriculture, especially with the pigs.”

http://www.ozarksfn.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Meek-1024x686.jpghttp://www.ozarksfn.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Meek-150x150.jpgTerry RoppArkansas / Oklahoma YouthYouth in AgricultureArkansas,Decatur,Desi Meek,FFA,MeekAge: 16 Parents: Lenny and Tammy Meek Hometown: Decatur, Ark. FFA Chapter: Decatur FFA Advisor: Lisa Barrett What is your favorite aspect of agriculture? “I really like the veterinary science because my sister is a vet assistant and I enjoy learning and knowing more when I deal hands-on with animals.” Who is the most influential...The Ozarks' most read farm newspaper, reaching more than 58,000 readers in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma