State FFA Officer Profile – Hallie Sue Hiser

Name: Hallie Sue Hiser

Home Chapter: Greeneview – GCCC (Greene County Career Center)

What state office do you hold? District 9 President

What school do you attend and what year are you? I just recently graduated from Greeneview High School in Jamestown, Ohio.

What is your major? I will be attending The Ohio State University, Columbus Campus, in the fall as a freshman, to study Agricultural Business and Applied Economics as well as Animal Science.

What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time? When I have free time, I like to show market lambs at the Ohio Club Lamb Association’s Jackpot Shows during the summer and show steers throughout the winter in the Ohio Cattlemen’s BEST Program. These two programs provide outstanding educational opportunities for young showmen wanting to expand their knowledge of the livestock industry.

Favorite sports team and why: My favorite sports teams to watch are the Ohio State Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams. Playing basketball since a young age, I have grown to enjoy the game and the atmosphere that Buckeye games deliver, is one of a kind.

Favorite Movie and why: The Wizard of Oz is my all-time favorite movie. Growing up watching Dorothy, a farm girl for Kansas, and her Ruby Red Slippers travel all over Oz, I saw myself in her shoes. I was a farm girl from Ohio, wanting to travel the world, just as Dorothy did. However, now that I have had the opportunity to see some of the world, I look back on what she said when she returned, “There’s no place like home!”

Favorite CDE and why: General Livestock has always been my personal favorite Career Development Event (CDE). Not only has it challenged me to gain knowledge of production agriculture and the livestock industry, but also drives me to make critical decisions and explain my reasoning to an official in a professional way during the contest. I have also had the opportunity to travel the country judging livestock at the American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri as well as the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. Through these trips I have also gained knowledge and friendships that I will use in future life endeavors.

What is your biggest fear? My biggest fear is regretting.

What are your personal FFA goals for upcoming year? Through this year of service to the Ohio FFA Association, I plan to help members seek their potential through my passion of agriculture.

What is the best advise you have ever received? “Never lose sight of who you truly are.”

What are you looking forward to the most in the upcoming year? I look forward to meeting the students, advisors, staff, and supporters that make this organization so great and having the chance to connect with all of them on a personal level. FFA has given me so many life-changing opportunities to grow as an individual. Throughout this year, I want thank all of these outstanding individuals by giving back to the organization that has helped me become the outgoing and motivated person I am today.

Why did you join the FFA? As a daughter of a fifth generation farmer, I grew up hearing about the “good ol’ days,” not only from my father but from my grandfather as well. Hearing these stories firsthand about FFA, or Future Farmers of America, as they call it, gives me a real sense of pride, seeing how far agriculture and FFA have come in the past 60 years. Growing up, thriving in an agriculturally rich environment, I have learned that success comes from hard work while dedication and responsibility are life skills that must be obtained before success can be achieved. Through agriculture education, and FFA, I have truly been able to find my passion in life: agriculture. I am an active advocate for agriculture through leadership and dedication, striving to make the best better in my community. I have come to understand the importance of agriculture and its impact on everyone. Agriculture is the nation’s largest industry by helping to employ 24 million people who will impact the future. We must educate the public on agricultural products and standards while supplying the safest, most economical, and reliable food supply in the world.

Best FFA memory: My first airplane fight came due to a trip my FFA Chapter was taking to Denver, Colorado, to judge livestock at the National Western Stock Show. Sitting in the cabin, with my brothers, Matthew and Cole, on my right and my mom and dad on my left; it was one of the most exciting things I had ever encountered in my life, however when the plane took off of the first time, I was absolutely terrified. Those two feelings to this day have never completely left me and leave a thrill I enjoy. I was always afraid to fly but now I love to and can’t wait for the next adventure. Thanks to the great opportunity FFA and the Greene County Career Center gave to our team to travel the county, I have gained memories that will last a lifetime.

What are your career goals? Once graduating from The Ohio State University, I would like to continue on and receive my masters in animal nutrition or meat science, while continuing to educate the public on agriculture topics that affect them. As today’s students, our job is not only to understand this great industry or to provide for others, and ourselves but also to become actively engaged so that we, as the progressive agriculturalist, can grow to be the leaders of tomorrow.

According to Monsanto, in 1960, one U.S. farm family could feed 26 people; this year a farm family will feed 155 people. By the year 2050, the population will have grown to 2.5 billion — that’s more than eight times the population today. Farmers will have to produce more food in the next 50 years, than they have the last 10,000 years combined. These numbers to most people don’t mean anything; however, for me they do just the opposite. These numbers call for action from the farmers who grow the seeds or raise the animals, to the engineers who study the genetics and trends, to the business men and women who must market the product in a way that will benefit the producer as well as the consumer. I believe that my part in this awe-inspiring task is to help find a way out of this problem in the most economical and efficient way possible. I also believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in this inspiring task.

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