Manuel (Manny) Acosta has lived in Bayard for the past thirteen years with his parents – Juan and Mary, brother Gordon, and sister Martha. He attended Bayard Public schools. He is a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in agricultural economics. His goal is to work in production agriculture management in the future.
While growing up in a rural town, becoming involved in agriculture was not a difficult task. Starting in fifth grade he began breeding, raising, and showing rabbits and chickens. His passion for agriculture grew stronger when he entered the agriculture classroom as a freshman. Taking agriculture classes has allowed him to gain a better insight on the agriculture industry, and has allowed him to grow in his Supervised Agricultural Experience program as well.
His placement SAE of diversified agricultural production includes working at Kildow Farms, a local farm and ranch. He works during the summer and part time throughout the fall. His SAE consists mainly of irrigating and he also sprays crops, works cattle, and helps with harvest. Working at Kildow Farms has made him want to further his education to pursue a career in the agriculture industry.