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Thankful for 2018

Thankful for 2018

2018 came with many struggles and lows in agriculture, but we can still look back and find some things to be thankful for.

Here are a few things I am thankful for in agriculture this year.

In January I was at my FFA Chapter Meeting and I’m standing there as a 7th Grader, reciting the Reporter’s Opening Ceremony Part. Throughout my year of service, I learned what it took to run my chapter’s Facebook page, along with other skills that I will use when I run for chapter office again.

Fast forward to the first Saturday in March, and I’m walking across the stage at the Indiana FFA District VIII Convention, to receive my 2nd Place Discovery Degree Prepared Public Speaking plaque, and then the 2nd Place Discovery Degree Quiz Bowl Plaque, as well as watch my Chapter receive 2nd Place in the Exhibit Contest, and see other District VIII FFA Members and my friends from other Chapters receive awards. Then, the following Wednesday, I had opportunity to talk to the Indiana Director of Agriculture and Former National FFA Officer, Bruce Kettler, at one of the largest ag banquets in the state, the Shelby County Ag Banquet, “The Taste of Shelby County.”

April and May pass, and in that time I’ve done Dairy Cattle Judging, and went to state in Horse Judging, my FFA Chapter’s Banquet, and officially have all of the animals owned or leased to show at the County Fair.

Now we’re in June, and I’m at the 89th Indiana FFA State Convention, where I got to see FFA Members and friends receive awards for various contests, as well as Hoosier Degrees. Then I’m at the 4-H Horse Show, 1 week til the rest of the fair, and my hard work paid off, and I earned Reserve Champion Horse and Pony Showman.

Now, were in the first week of July, which means it’s the week of the Shelby County 4-H Fair. Every week leads up to now. Even though it was nice to walk away with banners and plaques at the end of the week, that is the last thing I remember when I think back to that week. I first remember the late nights spent with my 4-H family after the shows, or getting up before it gets hot to walk livestock.

Now we’re in August, school starts, I’m staying after school for FFA practices to prepare for the Crop Scouting Competition. More importantly, it’s the second Sunday in August, and I’m getting ready to give a speech that afternoon. I qualified in the Junior division at my County, and went to the State Fair, and earned a Blue. Then, I signed up for the most interesting journey. I signed up to compete in the Indiana State America’s Miss Agribusiness State Pageant.

August comes to a close with the Crops Scouting Competition at the Purdue University Research Farm. Into September and early October with Soils Judging, them comes the National FFA Convention, and were in November. I go to the Indiana State America’s Miss Agribusiness State Pageant, and I go from 2018 Shelby County Indiana’s America’s Junior Miss Agribusiness, to 2018-2019 Hoosier State America’s Junior Miss Agribusiness, and Essay Winner.

December comes and I go to Purdue University for State Crop Judging. Then, I go on to become a America’s Miss Agribusiness Founder’s Club member, a 2 year opportunity to use my voice to advocate for agriculture, agribusiness, and America’s Miss Agribusiness.

As 2018 comes to a close, look back and find all the good things that happened. It’s not the awards earned, or the places you went, but the memories that I’ll have for the rest of my life that matters to me. What are you thankful for in 2018, and what are you looking forward to in 2019?

By Guest Blogger, Camille Thopy

I'm Camille Thopy, and I’m proud to serve as your 2018-19 Hoosier State America’s Junior Miss Agribusiness. I’m an 8th Grade student at Southwestern Jr./Sr. High School. I currently serve as Reporter for the Southwestern-Shelby (County) FFA Chapter. I compete in various Career Development Events (CDE’s) and Leadership Development Events (LDE’s). In 4-H, I show Quarter Horses, Beef Cattle, Sheep, Boer Goats, and an Alpaca. On our farm we grow about 750 acres of corn and soybeans

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