“It helped me with public speaking, definitely. When I was a freshman going into high school, I was really shy, wouldn’t make eye contact, couldn’t form thoughts on the go and (FFA) taught me to speak my mind. If you get super involved, there’s leadership potential,” she said, adding that the FFA also helps to prepare youths for the job market by coaching them on resume and interviewing skills.
Very active in the Hendricks County 4-H program showing horses and beef, Jackson was also named Miss Congeniality of the 2010 Hendricks County Fair.
“I would say what will make her a success is that she has a real drive and a real strong work ethic that’s been shown throughout the FFA program and being able to achieve all that she does,” said Huge.
He also champions what FFA can do for young people, and calls the agriculture industry one that sometimes is misunderstood, and one that is growing, not regressing.
“(FFA) really gives them opportunities to develop potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education.
“Agriscience is a great job growth area,” he added. “Even through this economy we’ve had the last couple years, (schools) have mentioned they’ve not had a problem finding jobs for their agriculture majors. The biggest problem we have with young people is that all they see is farming. They think agriculture is just about farming. They don’t appreciate all the other jobs that go into supplying the farmer with all those goods and services he/she needs or what happens to the product once the farmer sells it.”
“What I would encourage the younger generation to do is if someone does have a farm, take it over whenever your parents or grandparents decide to retire. There’s no community like the agriculture community,” said Jackson. “Utilize all the resources that you have. Get in contact with someone that works on a larger farm. People in the agriculture industry are always willing to help out someone who wants to do something.”