NEW FFA president Becker says club provides life skills
Story and photo by Clarke Davis
Rolling out of bed in the morning to feed cattle with snow on the ground and temperatures hugging zero might dampen one’s interest in farming, but not Adam Becker.
While most students have only themselves to be concerned with in getting ready for school, Becker, the Jefferson West FFA president, has a herd of cows depending on him.
“I love the farm and working with cattle,” he said. “I hope I can have my own livestock someday.”
Late last week he was working with a committee and his FFA adviser Steve Buss to plan the activities for National FFA Week Feb. 19-26.
The FFA members traditionally treat the faculty to breakfast on Monday, an inservice day. Other activities will run throughout the week ending with a skiing trip to Snow Creek Sunday.
The rural Meriden youth has worked for Roger Wood since the spring of his freshman year. Wood has a cow-calf operation and feeds out some of the calves.
When Becker isn’t pushing snow this winter, he’s rolling out hay bales.
“I work for him in the summer, too. There’s always fence to build or something to do,” he said.
Becker has been an FFA member all four years of high school and was the vice president last year.
Working for Wood has provided him with an SAE — supervised agriculture experience — which, he said, coupled with his agricultural classes are supposed to give one the experiences needed to prepare for life after school.
Becker’s FFA involvement has included membership in the livestock team and the dairy and poultry judging teams. Learning parliamentary procedure and becoming experienced at public speaking have all been valuable, he said. He was also an offensive center the Tiger football team.
Currently in the shop class the students are welding the frames for several sets of bleachers for the county fairgrounds. They are rehabilitating an old manure spreader, overhauling a tractor, and making repairs to a seed drill that belongs to the Jefferson County Conservation District.
Becker, who likes mechanics and has overhauled some engines of his own at home, has decided on attending diesel mechanic school through Universal Technical Institute at Houston, Texas, following graduation.
“I like working on motors,” he said. He hopes being a diesel mechanic will someday afford him the opportunity to have some land and cattle of his own.
Adam’s parents are Bill and Colleen Becker. His father is a truck driver who graduated from Jefferson West and also went through the FFA program. His mother is an accountant for the state of Kansas.
The president’s brother, Josh, is a freshman and also an FFA member. They have a sister, Faith, in the sixth grade.
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