Megan Schultz

FFA’s got Megan Schultz’s goat.

She’s so thankful.

“I got started in this supervised agricultural experience (SAE) when I won a win-a-goat essay contest and was given a goat to show at the county fair,” said the Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA member. “From then on, I enjoyed showing goats, and my friends got involved.  It has been a fun adventure.  The project grew and grew, and now we raise and show our own goats.”

The Kingsland junior is also the FFA chapter secretary and she has another SAE project — showing horses. However, the Boer goats that she raises and shows make up her main SAE.

“It taught me that I am responsible for another living thing, so I have to take care of it and make sure it is healthy,” she said. “It also taught me the basics of caring for animals, which comes from living on a farm.”

Schultz joined FFA three-and-one-half years ago because her older sister was in FFA and she thought it was a good organization.  Schultz enjoys the FFA events she participates in year-round, such as Urban Ag, FFA Week and others. 

She has been on different career development event (CDE) teams, including farm management, general livestock and horse, and now meats.  The active member also participates in committees for events such as Urban Ag, the pancake breakfast and barnyard. 

“FFA helps me to become a better leader and builds confidence and helps give me more opportunities to learn about the things I am interested in,” she said. 

It has also allowed her to travel as this past year she went to Indianapolis for the national convention where her CDE team competed. She has also been to the state FFA convention, as well as Greenhand camp.  In the summer she has gone on some field trips with FFA, which included Canterbury Park and various factories.

“FFA is important to me because I have been pretty active in it the past few years, and it has helped me to grow as a person,” said Schultz. “It helps me with time management, as well as learning about agriculture, besides just the normal studies.” 

She doesn’t know where she will go to college yet as she is still in the process of looking, but wherever she ends up she feels her FFA experience will help on the college application and credits FFA with helping to make her a better leader and a more confident person when she gets to college. She is also uncertain of her career, but she has considered a veterinarian or medical career, such as a surgeon. 

“I like helping people and animals,” she said. “As far as the vet career, I have shown animals in FFA and live on a farm with animals, so I do know that I enjoy working with and being with animals.  I will most likely take an ag class, and I am also looking to possibly minor in equine.” 

Her uncertainty also extends to her continuation in FFA as that depends on how busy she gets and how far away her college is located. 

“But if I do, I would definitely show goats at the FFA part of the state fair every year,” she noted.  “I like what I have participated in so far in FFA.  If I did it over, I would join committees and CDEs that I have not participated in before just to try some new things.”       

Still she has enjoyed being in FFA and participating in the fun events. She also really enjoys showing horses and goats. 

“FFA is a fun organization and gets you involved and exposes you to a lot of new things,” said Schultz. “It helps you to explore opportunities.”