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Makala Nauman is milking FFA for all it’s worth.

The Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA chapter president has been a part of the organization since seventh grade.

“My family members were in FFA, and it sounded fun…I like meeting new people and learning new things about agriculture,” she said.  

She’s made certain to take advantage of as many opportunities through FFA as she possibly can, including the corn drive, which the FFA receives corn from farmers and then donates the money to camps such as Camp Courage. She is currently in the dairy foods career development event (CDE), where she tests milk and cheeses, something she is currently interested in. 

“FFA has given me opportunities to go places and meet people as I explore potential careers. We’ve toured a rotary parlor farm and also a robotic farm,” said Nauman. “It helps me grow leadership skills, learn time management and organizational and communication skills and the confidence to go in front of a group of people to give a speech.  Right now, we are focusing on FFA Week activities and will next be working on studying time for state convention in April.” 

Nauman’s after-school time is “udderly” busy. She works at Heusinkveld Farms, where she milk cows. The farm helps her better understand her CDE, which is dairy foods and involves milk. 

She will attend Riverland Community College in Austin after she graduates from Kingsland, and having been in FFA, “I will be comfortable talking with people,” she said.  She would like to receive her commercial driver’s license and drive a milk truck, but after high school, she will still be milking cows at Heusinkveld Farms.

Nauman’s FFA experience has been so very positive that she feels starting it over would afford her the chance to take advantage of more of its benefits.  She would go to more regional activities and camps and also expand her knowledge in CDE events.  For the future, though, she will become part of the alumni group through FFA.

She recommended membership for anyone who’s still young enough to start aspiring toward FFA’s opportunities. 

“It’s not just for farm kids. Students who live in town can join also and possibly pursue a job in agriculture,” she said. “It is so much fun. You learn many new things that will help you in the future.  Go out there, meet new people and have fun!”