FFA State Degree winner: FFA, showing cattle run in Summers family

Monday, June 17, 2013
Evan Summers, of Marshall FFA Chapter, has worked with cattle as part of his FFA Supervised Agriculture Experience job. (Contributed photo)

Evan Summers knew he wanted to join FFA as a freshman at Marshall High School.

"It was pretty well a family thing, everybody had done it and agriculture is what I wanted to do," he said.

"I think it is the best organization to teach you a skill and teach you life lessons, whether any kind of major or whatever you are going to do in life. It is going to teach you how to speak and be a positive and outgoing person."

Summers, the son of Kim and Bud Summers of Slater, was one of six Marshall FFA members to receive the State FFA Degree in April at the Missouri FFA Convention in April.

Since he enjoys competition, participating in contest teams has been his favorite FFA activity.

"I like to go and compete with all I've learned over the year," he said, adding he also enjoys all the people he gets to meet.

His Supervised Agriculture Experience has been working with cattle, either on his grandfather's farm, or for others.

He also shows and raises steers and heifers.

"I also work for other people and help them feed their livestock and cattle. I help get them ready for shows and sales and things like that," he said. He also owns five cows of his own.

"It teaches regular responsibilities of going to feed, but more importantly you learn how to do business with people that you have to get along with. You have to be at places when they say you have to be there," he said. "You have to be on time and do what they tell you and do it right, so you can keep them happy and keep your paycheck."

He has been active in FFA serving as reporter and earning several awards, including Beef Production proficiency awards. He recently placed seventh in state Livestock Judging. Last year he was Group I in Farm Management. He has also participated on the Dairy Cattle and Agronomy contest teams.

Summers played basketball for four years, golf for three years and has been a member of Bird Cage and its' planning committee. He has also been a Student Council member and on the A and B honor roll. He is a past board member of the Missouri Club Calf Association and a 10 year member of Bizy Beavers 4-H, serving as president for three years, as well as other offices.

His favorite hobby is showing cattle across Missouri and the nation. He also enjoys helping his father and grandfather on the farm.

Next fall, he will be attending Northeastern Oklahoma College to judge livestock.

"I'll be getting an animal science degree and then transferring to a four-year university to continue that," he said.