“We lose ourselves in the things we love. We find ourselves there, too.” -Kristin Martz
At five years old I was struggling to keep up in my father’s footsteps as I dragged a bucket of feed to the cattle trough. I had no idea that I was part of an industry feeding the world. At eight years old, I was leaving the show ring with a blue ribbon in my pocket and a smile on my face after shaking the judge’s hand. By age twelve, I was sitting in my father’s combine in the midst of harvest asking him every possible question I could think of. I had no idea that these times were shaping my future. Then at age seventeen, I was crossing the stage to receive my State FFA Degree that I had spent hours upon hours perfecting. Agriculture is not just a part of my life. Agriculture is my passion.
I grew up on our family farm in Central Illinois where our primary focus is raising corn, soybeans, and beef cattle. I was fortunate enough to not only grow up with a family full of farmers, but in a rural community full of passionate “Agvocates” that strongly supported local 4-H and FFA chapters. I am currently a student at the University of Illinois majoring in Agricultural Communications with a minor in Animal Sciences. Living in the 4-H House Cooperative Sorority, I am beyond blessed to spend my days on campus with girls who share my passion for agriculture.
Agriculture is an industry often taken for granted. Farmers deserve a “thank you” not just every day, but three times a day, 365 days a year. I am dedicated to spreading the truth about agriculture, promoting my passion, and I am encouraging you to follow my journey in the footsteps of a farmer’s daughter.
-Carli Jae Miller