Perkins to receive State FFA degree

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Brandon Perkins gets ready to fill his planter on the family farm near Sweet Springs. Perkins, a senior at Marshall High School will receive the State FFA Degree on April 16 in Columbia. (Contributed photo)

Brandon Perkins, son of Linda and Steve Perkins of rural Sweet Springs is one of seven Marshall High School FFA members who will receive their State FFA Degree on Friday, April 16 at the Missouri State FFA convention in Columbia.

Brandon joined FFA at Sweet Springs in seventh grade before transferring to Marshall as a freshman.

He said he joined FFA because he thought it would be something he would like.

"I've always lived in the country," he said, adding. "It just gave me an opportunity to go and do fun stuff and meet other people."

He said being in FFA has taught him a lot, including how to be a leader.

Brandon, who is finishing his senior year at MHS, said he would recommend FFA to an incoming freshman because it is a "fun time."

"You get to hang out with all your friends and make new friends. You can go to FFA camp and meet even more people from around the state," he said. "I've got friends from all over the state now from FFA camp."

One of his favorite activities was going to the farm show and the national convention.

His Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) is raising 30 acres of soybeans and corn on his father's farm.

Taking care of his own crops has helped teach him several things.

"I learned you've got to manage your money. You've got to save money back for next year to buy the seed and chemicals," he said. "I also learned how to work with the market and watch the beans and corn go up or go down."

Perkins has been a member of several Career Development Teams in FFA including dairy foods, poultry and ag mechanics.

He has also been involved in several school activities including playing basketball for three years, freshman football and running track for two years.

He is a also a member of First Baptist in Sweet Springs.

He also spends a lot of time working on the family farm.

In addition to that, after school and weekends he works at Deems Farm Equipment in Marshall as a mechanic.

In fact, this fall he will be attending Fort Scott Community College to major in John Deere Technology.

In the future he wants to be a mechanic and "farm on the side" with his father.

Brandon's hobbies include riding his four-wheeler, hanging out with friends and hunting.

Contact Marcia Gorrell at marshallag@socket.net