Age: 17

Parents: Richard and Glenda Van Bummel

Hometown: El Dorado Springs, Missouri

FFA Chapter: El Dorado Springs FFA

What is your involvement in agriculture?

“I had 14 head of sheep in 2014 and now have 40 head. I tend to them daily with my dad. We also have market wether goats, hogs and wether sheep.”

What are some of your responsibilities on the farm?

“I help feed twice a day and work with the sheep two to three hours at night to prepare for shows. We have a bracing box to put the sheep in and train. It teaches them not to fall back and they get stronger muscles. We also have a treadmill for them to exercise on. This helps them keep in condition and have great muscles. I help put them off and on these.”

What do you like about living on the farm?

“I enjoy working with animals and having a good time with family and friends when we are doing it.”

What are your plans for the future?

“I plan to go to college, but I haven’t selected one yet. I would like to become a salesman in the feed business.”

Why is it important for your generation to be involved in FFA?

“Because there are not a lot of farmers and we have 8 billion people who need food. I’ve always been on a farm and helped raise animals. My mother carried me in a sling pouch when I was a baby and she helped with the lambing season. I love farm life. But not a lot of young people have that opportunity anymore and I’d like to try and convince people to raise animals.”

http://www.ozarksfn.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/VanBummel-1024x699.jpghttp://www.ozarksfn.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/VanBummel-150x150.jpgNeoma ForemanMissouri YouthYouth in AgricultureEl Dorado Springs,FFA,Glen Van Bummel,MissouriAge: 17 Parents: Richard and Glenda Van Bummel Hometown: El Dorado Springs, Missouri FFA Chapter: El Dorado Springs FFA What is your involvement in agriculture? “I had 14 head of sheep in 2014 and now have 40 head. I tend to them daily with my dad. We also have market wether goats, hogs and wether...The Ozarks' most read farm newspaper, reaching more than 58,000 readers in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma