Hello Nebraska FFA! I am Brandon Nichols from the Bridgeport FFA Chapter. I live on my family’s farm and ranch operation in western Nebraska where we grow corn, alfalfa and other forage crops and have one thousand head of cows in our cow/calf operation. I have been involved with our farm since I could walk. I started out by riding in the tractors and watching the process of working cattle. When I turned eight years old I started raking hay with a 4020 cab-less John Deere tractor. I also began helping in the livestock equipment alleyways and with sorting, processing and loading cattle. From there my responsibilities on the farm have grown. I am now responsible for managing a 400 acre flood irrigated farm during the summer and I am responsible for calving out over 300 head of cows in the winter. The cow/calf operation comprises one of my SAE programs and I also maintain a placement SAE where I work for Nichols Farming and Feeding.
Throughout high school, I have been involved in several clubs and activities. I enjoy stepping up to lead and I also value leading as a supportive team member. I have appreciated the opportunity to be involved in FFA the past two years. My school started its agricultural education program during the 2012-2013 school year and I took an Introduction to Agriculture course and an Animal Science course. FFA helped me grow even more as a leader. I enjoyed serving as a chapter officer during our first two years, as well as being on the livestock and range judging teams. Outside of FFA I have been involved in Boy Scouts, where I earned my Eagle Scout rank with all three palms. I was on the football, wrestling and track teams all four years of high school.
What most excites me about the agriculture industry is when I hear about young, new and creative minds returning to the farm or other jobs directly related to production agriculture. As young agriculturalists, we must bring our innovative ideas to the industry to improve what agriculture has to offer and to promote the importance of agriculture to the general public.
This year, I look forward to helping FFA members remember where they have been. Remember who you have met and the experiences you have had. Grow from these people and experiences! Invest in yourself to grow as an individual so that you can invest in others later.