I remember during my junior year of high school that I felt unmotivated to further my 4-H and agricultural career. My leadership and agricultural experiences up to that point were mostly county 4-H president, serving as a district FFA and 4-H officer, and showing Hampshire gilts. However, this all changed when I participated in the Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Short Course. I suddenly became more aware of the broader aspects of the agricultural industry and the need for AGvocates. I know for a fact that the Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Program has positively affected my life and allowed me to reach new heights as a person and as a leader!
My time spent at the short course was the most exhausting, but most amazing experience of my 4-H career up to that point. After the short course, I jumped into my ambassador experience with both feet. I found my passion AGvocating to the public in supermarkets and at stock shows. I love talking to a person who was uninformed about agriculture then the person has that “aha” moment and realize aspects of their world that they never realized.
Additionally, I know that my time spent in the Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Program is what helped prepare me when I ran for Texas FFA State Office. I highly doubt that if I was not a Livestock Ambassador that I would not currently be the Texas FFA State Vice President for the Area IX Association. I truly hope that more youth and adults realize both FFA and 4-H are two life-changing organizations with the same manifest purpose. That purpose is to make the lives of youth better and to make the world a better place. I strongly encourage every to support both organizations!
In May 2015, I took my efforts to AGvocate a step farther than I ever thought that I could. I saw that very few people my age had brought AGvocating to the 21st century. Typically, we give presentations and talk to people in stores; however, I know that the quickest way to reach people with new and important information is through the internet. I started a blog where I try to educate the public about all aspects of agriculture. Through the blog, and the social media accounts that I have linked to it, I have reached more that 60,000 people! If you are interested please check out the website at www.theagrithink.com and follow us on social media at www.facebook.com/agrithink on Twitter @world_agri and on Instagram at agri_think please like, comment, and share to help spread the word about agriculture and to become an AGvocate!
However, AGvocating to the public is just one aspect of the 4-H Livestock Ambassador Program. My absolute favorite opportunities that I had as a Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador was talking to kids about agriculture. I cannot help to notice that kids always perk up during a presentation at a school or at a stock show when I show them the fun they can have with agriculture. I know one of the best experiences that I had with teaching kids was starting the first 4-H Clover Kids in my county and judging their rabbit show! The Clover Kids show was a great experience because it sparked the kids interest in agriculture by letting them have fun.
Being a leader and Agvocate is not about being the biggest, richest, smartest, or best. Being a leader and AGvocate is about taking advantage of every opportunity to change the world one person at a time!