Future Farmers of America: A Conversation with National President Breanna Holbert
Breanna Holbert, the 2017-2018 National FFA President is wrapping up her year of serving as an ambassador - traveling all over the United States to help encourage young people to pursue their path in agriculture. She shares her journey and the things she’s learned along the way.
Audra Mulkern, Host and Executive Producer
Breanna Holbert, 2017-2018 President, National Future Farmers of America
Breanna Holbert says agricultural education classes and FFA allowed her to see the fruitful and purposeful effects of the industry. “My ag class proved to me that agriculture is challenging and requires dedication and hard work,” Holbert says.
While Holbert was in FFA, her advisor signed her up for the FFA Creed public speaking event. “My love for not only public speaking but also agriculture, in general, soared,” Holbert says. “It was my chapter advisor, program, and community that provided so much direction in my FFA career. They are why I am here today.”
Holbert was elected to the 2017-18 National FFA Officer Team as president at the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo.
Majoring in agricultural science and education, Holbert is a sophomore at California State University – Chico. She served as the 2015-16 California FFA secretary.
While attending Tokay High School, Holbert worked on two supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs). Her Camp Full Belly Farm SAE was an organic farm camp that educated elementary students on where their food comes from (from when a seed is planted to when a product is delivered to a farmers’ market). Her poultry SAE involved raising turkeys and chickens; she made sure the birds had enough water and food and that their facility was clean daily.
"Through my year of service, I hope to learn more about agriculture and life in general," Holbert says. “I hope I’m able to broaden students scope of what they think they can accomplish and get them to see what they really can do with their incredible experiences, personalities, and strengths. I hope to challenge students to think differently, ask why and be open to diverse backgrounds. I hope to create a community of honest communication and positivity amongst my fellow teammates and offer a loving and supportive hand whenever they need it the most.”
Producer: Joe Mulkern
FFP Theme Song: Written and Performed by Joe Mulkern
Episode Music: the incredible farmer and musician, Dana Hubanks - please consider purchasing her independently produced album, Down in the Valley - its only $8!
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