Engelbrecht enjoys time in FFA

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Matt Engelbrecht cleans out the weaning barn while working for Hemme Farms. Matt also helps with their row crop farm during the planting and harvesting season. Next year he hopes to farm full-time.

Matt Engelbrecht grew up on a farm in rural Waverly. So when he entered Santa Fe High School as a freshman, he joined FFA.

"I thought it would be a fun experience," said Engelbrecht, the son of Karen and Dave Engelbrecht.

Now four years later, the Santa Fe senior, who earned his state FFA Degree in April, would recommend joining FFA to incoming freshman.

"It's a lot of fun, you get to learn a lot of stuff and meet new people," he said.

He enjoyed all the activities, however his favorite was attending The National Leadership Conference in Washington D.C.

His Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) includes working at Hemme Farms, which is operated by his family members.

He also raises 20 head of cattle, 20 head of goats and 10 rabbits.

His hours are longer in the fall and summer months, but his jobs include running the grain-cart during harvest and helping with cattle and fieldwork. Engelbrecht said his SAE has helped him learn "responsibility."

He currently serves as FFA chapter president and was sentinel last year. He also recently won second place in Area 6 Completed Placement Record Book.

In the past four years, he has won chapter proficiency awards in small animal care production; beef production; forage production, diversified crop production and poultry.

He has also participated on the FFA livestock team for the past three years.

Engelbrecht is a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Blackburn and enjoys fishing, hunting and hanging out with friends in his spare time.

After graduating from high school this spring, he plans to work full-time at Hemme Farms.