Wed, 6 October 2021
OFI 1195: Perseverance And Determination Leads To An American Star Nomination | FFA SAE Edition | Mackenzie Camacho | Minarets High School FFA
One of the things that I love about interviewing FFA students is coming across individuals that don't care what age they are and who will not take "no" for an answer. Never has that been more true than in my interview with Mackenzie Camacho today.
Mackenzie is now a sophomore at Purdue University, where she is studying civil engineering. She has been nominated an American Star Finalist in the category of agriscience research, and it has not been easy. Mackenzie grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of California around many different tree crops, and something about them and research took hold when she joined the FFA.
Mackenzie started studying different parasitic pathogens in tree crops and how they could be controlled either through specific management practices or by altering traditional management practices. However, she was doing really advanced work while still in high school. As a result, some of the researchers she took her findings to dismissed her without really hearing her out. However, she didn't give up and continued talking to researchers about what she had found and what her conclusions were until she found somebody who would listen. As a result, she has now presented to farmers all across the West, and she found partners to help her further her research.
Mackenzie now wants to focus on building infrastructure, like dams, that can help California agriculture. I am very excited to see where she takes all of this!
Direct download: Off_Farm_Income--Episode_1195_Mackenzie_Camacho-100121.mp3
Category:FFA -- posted at: 12:30pm MST