Imagine getting up in the morning to smell the fresh air of the country with just a hint of farm life in it. The place is quiet for a while until you open that door and the animals see you. This is how my life is. I am Amanda Lambrecht from the Blair FFA Chapter and I live on a family farm in eastern Nebraska with a farrrow to finish operation of pigs, a cow and calf herd and some sheep. I have been outside with the animals and my family since I was a little girl and could pick up the baby pigs. The farm consists of crops; we grow corn, soybeans and hay. On the farm I always ask, “Why?” and because of this word I have grown up to be knowledgable in agriculture and always willing to learn.
My parents are Gary and Sarah and my brother, who is a freshman at Blair High School, is Cody. We work hard together on the farm along with my grandparents and I have a deep appreciation of and strong passion for my family and the farm. Working on the farm has helped me both get along with others and form my SAE project. This past summer I did an internship at Red Barn in Oakland, NE which helped me grow skills within my SAE. Having the opportunity to work on the farm and at Red Barn has given me the advantage of growing up with animals and knowing how they act and the problems that arise on the farm. This will help me achieve my goals in life of becoming a vetrinarian and then owning my own vet clinic.
My education has came from the classroom, the farm and my FFA experiences. I value the skills developed on the farm and through FFA events such as livestock judging, livestock management, being an officer and going to state and national conventions. 4-H, National Honor Society and sports have been a huge part of my learning, forming me into a young woman who values kindness, hard work and strong wills. By being a part of so many different teams, I have learned how to lose with dignity, focusing on the positives and learning from my mistakes. Teamwork and enthusiasm, no matter what situation we are in, are skills that I appreciate in a team.
Being a part of FFA has been something that has brought me so far in life. I have learned qualities about the agriculture industry and about myself. This year I look forward to gaining experience from participating in different industry tours and relationships with other members. Throughout this coming year, I hope to hear your stories of growth, success and lessons learned. Agriculture needs each of us as advocates for the industry, and I look forward to growing as an advocate with each of you this year!