Off-Farm Income

Mackenzie Serrano is a Montana State FFA Officer and the winner of the Montana Star in Agricultural Placement from 2022.  She has a great story of building FFA career in spite of circumstances that would conspire against her.  She started her cow herd in Wilsall, Montana, which happens to be 172 miles from her home in Musselshell, Montana.  She persevered through Covid, working a job at a "blood lab" to pay for more cattle.  At the end of her junior year her FFA Advisor moved to a different high school and the vacancy was not filled.  A recent college graduate was hired to fill the vacancy on a temporary basis, but he was not an ag teacher.  So, Mackenzie took it upon herself to assist with developing lesson plans and keeping the chapter going, even when the school district was considering pulling the plug.

It was the final challenge that inspired Mackenzie to throw her hat in the ring as a state officer.  She served as her chapter's president for three years of high school, and it was the challenge of continuing her FFA chapter's legacy against resistance that inspired her to become a state officer.  That happened last spring, and she is just getting ready to end her term.  What's next?  Mackenzie is going to pursue a national officer position.  First, she must be selected to represent the State Of Montana, and then it is on to sifting in Indianapolis next October.  She has a very unique story, and I think she has a great shot.

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