Kaitlyn Hanvey grew up in Verdigre with her mother, Kelly, and two younger brothers, Cody and Jake. She will be attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she will major in agricultural education so she can follow her calling to teach and share with others her passion for the industry as a high school agriculture teacher and FFA advisor.
In high school agriculture classes she learned about many of the different aspects of the ag industry. She enjoyed classes that focused on topics like livestock management, mechanized agriculture, agronomy, and economic or financial impacts of our industry. She participated in FFA events such as parliamentary procedure, public speaking, veterinary science, livestock evaluation, and livestock management.
She has multiple components within her SAE program. Through her diversified livestock production program, she raised and operated a flock of crossbred ewes that she lambed out every spring. She also has a small share in her family crossbred Angus cattle herd. She started out with one heifer that her grandpa gave her and from there she has grown her herd by keeping replacement heifers that she has shown at the county fair. She also has two horses that she uses around the ranch sorting and herding cattle as well as riding trails with them. More recently, she purchased a few bantam chickens. She has also added an agriculture business component through her work at Bomgaars in her hometown.