National FFA Week: Meet Avery Bailey
Written by Kaitlyn Riley on February 22, 2021
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She did not grow up on a farm, but Avery Bailey from Holmen is working to become a future leader in agriculture.
Bailey first became involved with FFA in 8th grade. She was asked to help with a beef presentation for Holmen FFA’s Food for America program.
Now a junior, she’s the chapter secretary and plans to run for president as a senior. She’s stayed active helping with the Farm to School program. The students help grow crops and raise animals that go directly into the school lunch program.
“This year, I raised two beef steers and six hogs that are going to be used this spring,” Bailey said. “It makes me really proud to know what into the food that my classmates are eating. I know how that animal grew up, and everyone has a little more peace of mind.”
Her work in the chapter planted seeds of confidence that continue to take root in her life.
“I love being able to grow myself as a person,” Bailey said. “I’ve definitely changed since I first started in 8th grade. I used to be really shy. Now, I’m out of my shell. I’m definitely a much better leader. That’s one of the founding pillars of FFA, premier leadership, and that’s definitely something I’ve seen just in our chapter. Everyone has really grown since I first met them.”
She encouraged students of all backgrounds to become involved in FFA emphasizing that the organization is not just for “farm kids.”
“There are a lot of different opportunities to get involved,” Bailey said. There’s a lot of community service that goes into it. You can do something with animals, business, or even crafts. it doesn’t all revolve around cows and plows.”
Already planning for her future, Bailey said she hopes to continue working with animals and is currently thinking of a career in veterinary medicine or agriculture education.
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