Meet Your 2016-17 Nebraska State FFA Vice President: Cheyenne Gerlach

Cheyenne Gerlach from DeWitt was raised by her parents, Rick and Amy, on a small swine IMG_1509operation. She has three older brothers, a younger sister, and a younger brother. Her childhood was spent watching her older brothers put on their blue jackets as she waited for it to be her turn. She has been in the show ring since she was five and many of her favorite memories come from shows, late nights in the farrowing house, and early mornings in the pasture. She plans to work someday as a lobbyist in international food security. Her plan is to not only be an advocate for pro-agriculture laws and policy that will help feed developing countries, but eventually, she wants to be an agent of change. In college her major is agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Some of her favorite agriculture classes include Natural Resources, Animal Science, Horticulture, and Agribusiness. Her most memorable FFA experiences include being a participant in the Ag Issues Academy, National FFA Convention, and Washington Leadership Conference. These experiences opened her eyes to the work that needs to be done to share the truth about agriculture. She was inspired to create her own agriculture advocacy blog as a result of her FFA experiences. .

Her agricultural education Supervised Agricultural Experience program served as a stepping stone to her future career goals. It provided her with opportunities to communicate the truth about the ag industry, which for her is just the beginning. One component of her work-based learning experience included teaching elementary classrooms about Norman Borlaug, genetically modified organisms, and world hunger. She also include diversified horticulture production and swine production as other components of her program.

In addition to FFA, she has also been involved with the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute, 4-H, and speech team. At the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute, she deeply explored the work of Norman Borlaug, met with experts from around the world about food insecurity, and started looking for her role in the fight against hunger.

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