Brandt learns many skills in FFA

Monday, June 13, 2011
Adam Brandt, a recent Santa Fe High School graduate, said he learned leadership and communication skills as an FFA member.

Adam Brandt, a 2011 graduate of Santa Fe High School first joined FFA as a freshman because growing up on a farm he liked agriculture.

However, as a four year member, Brandt the son of Tony and Becky Brandt of rural Alma, learned more than just about farming.

"I learned a lot of leadership skills and communication skills," he said, adding that going to conferences and conventions helped him with those skills.

Brandt is one of seven Santa Fe FFA members who received the State FFA Degree at the Missouri FFA Convention April 15 in Columbia.

His Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) included not only working on his own rowcrop farm, but also working for Marshall and Fenner Farms, helping with their cattle and crops. He also raises some crops of his own.

Through the experience he learned time management as well as other skills.

"I learned a lot about cattle being at Marshall and Fenners because I had never been around cattle," he said adding one of the things he learned was about mixing rations.

By raising his own crops he also learned "proper crop management, rotations and tillage practices and learning when to do certain processes at certain times."

Brandt said their are lots of reasons for a freshman to join FFA.

"I feel like it is more hands on than most other clubs and organizations. You get to do more practical stuff to use in future if you want to go in ag," he said. However, he said even if a person isn't interested in agriculture, they could get something out of the organization. "You could get something from FFA no matter what you do in the future."

Brandt's favorite activity was being a member of the Ag Mechanics team and participating in the state Career Development Event (CDE) contest.

He had been part of that team as a sophomore as well.

This year, he was a member of the Farm Management team that also qualified for state competition.

He served as vice president of the Santa Fe FFA last year and as assistant vice president the year before. He received an Area 6 proficiency award in Ag mechanics repair and maintenance entrepreneurship, as well as several chapter proficiency awards for crop production.

Besides FFA, Brandt was also active in speech and drama during high school.

He serves as a volunteer fire fighter in Alma and also serves as an usher at Trinity Lutheran in Alma.

His hobbies include farming and going to tractor pulls.

In the fall, he plants on attending Grand River Technical School in Chillicothe and taking the one-year diesel technology course.