Anadarko’s Josey Myers – FFA Spotlight Presented by Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma

The Future Farmers of America program is open to any student wanting to learn more about farming, agriculture, and a variety of other topics. But students who have been exposed to farming seem to gravitate towards the program. One of those students is Josey Myers. She is a senior at Anadarko Public Schools, where she has attended since Pre-K. She says she joined FFA because she was familiar with all of it and she saw how much her brother enjoyed it.

“I got started in FFA because I have always been around agriculture and the livestock industry,” she said. “I watched my older brother’s journey through FFA.”

FFA has many things to offer students, but sometimes the best thing it offers is not in the learning but in the relationships.

“I have enjoyed absolutely everything that comes with the FFA,” Josey said. “I love to meet new people, as well as compete in many different competitions.”

Myers began showing animals at the age of three. She has shown both cattle and pigs.

There have been a lot of things that Josey has learned during her time in the program, but some of the biggest ones do not pertain to animals or agriculture.

“I have learned how to be a leader and how to work with others that have different backgrounds and personalities. I have also learned to become as welcoming as possible as they come into our chapter.”

The list of awards and honors that Josey has accumulated in the program is not a short one.

“A few of my chapter level awards are Star Discovery, Star Greenhand, and Star Chapter Farmer,” she stated. “I’ve qualified to compete at the state level twice. Once for the Greenhand Quiz and once for an Employment Skills contest. I was awarded the Tractor Supply “FFA’s Great Neighbor of Today” essay contest winner. I’ve been awarded numerous swine showmanship awards, as well as Grand Champion Barrow and Reserve Grand Champion Gilt at the Caddo County Spring Livestock Show. My most recent award was being selected into the Future Ag-Ed Academy along with a $1,000 scholarship to Oklahoma State University when majoring in Agricultural Education.”

She has also served as Chapter President for three years in a row.

Myers says that FFA is a great program for all students and if they are considering, they should join.

“I would tell students that are considering joining the FFA to know that the FFA molds students into well-rounded individuals. I would also like them to know that the FFA can bring so many opportunities to the table, and that’s it’s more than just showing livestock.”