Smith will end her FFA career in October 2014. She said an FFA member’s tenure ends after their fourth National Convention following high school graduation.
Smith said her parents were always pushing her to be the best and exceed her own expectations.
“My mom always expected more out of me then I thought was possible,” Smith said. “As well as my dad. So, that is kind of my driving factor.”
Smith, 20, is a junior at Iowa State University studying animal science. She plans to graduate in December 2014.
Smith said she plans to return to Appanoose County after college graduation and own a cow/calf operation and find an agriculture-related job, at least in the beginning, due to high start-up costs.
“I plan on being in production for the rest of my life,” Smith said. “I plan on coming home to Appanoose County and starting a job there.”
Smith said agriculture offers her an opportunity to address the world’s growing need for food, fiber and fuel. She said the world’s population is expected to be 9 billion by 2050 and caloric intake is expected to double for most.
“Basically, agriculture, they feed the world, they clothe the world,” Smith said. “Everything has to do with agriculture. And I feel as if that’s a tremendous opportunity young people can be a part of that because we have such a huge job on our hands because of the increasing numbers throughout the world.”
Smith was part of the Exline Ramblers 4-H Club until she graduated from high school.
Smith’s mother is Shawn Tait, an Exline Ramblers 4-H Club leader. Her father is Daniel Smith. She has two sisters and three brothers.