Brownfield steps out into the world through FFA

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Alex Brownfield of the Slater FFA chapter keeps chickens and goats as part of his SAE project.

By MARCIA GORRELL

Staff writer

Alex Brownfield said that through his four years in FFA he has learned that "stepping out into the world, isn't as bad as it may seem."

"It's showed me how to get places and apply myself," he added.

Alex, the son of John and Saundra Brownfield of Slater was one of five Slater FFA members, who received the State FFA Degree in April at the Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia.

He first joined FFA as a freshman because he "had an interest in agriculture." Although he lives in town, his grandparents have a farm.

Since his home is on the edge of town and has room, his SAE includes raising dairy goats and poultry. He milks some of the goats and also sells some of the babies. He also butchers the roosters he raises and sells eggs from the hens. In addition to that, he shows some of his goats and poultry at the Saline County Fair each year. Besides taking care of his own animals, Alex also works at Slater Foodlane.

His SAE has helped him learn a "work ethic" and also helped him improve his "social skills."

"I've learned how to become more outgoing," he added.

His favorite activity as an FFA member is going on the float trip each summer with the other Slater FFA members.

"We're all together and we're outside, and we can just hang out," he said.

Alex would recommend FFA to incoming freshman for several reasons.

"It's a great door opener to new careers, new hobbies and it's great for scholarships," he said.

Alex served as chaplain of the FFA chapter his junior year and as secretary this past year.

He also participated in several CDE (Career Development Event) contest teams including Floriculture, Horses, Livestock and Poultry. He went to state as a member of the Livestock team as a sophomore.

In addition to FFA, Alex is also a member of the National Honor Society, where he serves as culinary director; Aplus and the Slater PepClub.

In his spare time he likes to hang out friends and go to the movies. Another hobby is going to livestock auctions.

"It's just interesting to see what they have," he said, adding he usually ends up "buying something." In fact, he is also getting involved in raising Llamas after buying a male and a female and breeding them.

In the fall, he will be attending Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville to major in biology, with an emphasis in zoology.

"I kind of want to work at a zoo or a rehabilitation facility for injured wildlife," he said.