The Centralia High School FFA advisors have nominated Jenna Hasekamp for the May SAE Spotlight. Hasekamp is a freshman at CHS and is involved in band and FFA. She is also a football and wrestling manager.
Hasekamp’s SAE consists of beef management (30 cows and calves), grain production, forage and diversified crop production. She also shows sheep and cattle. Hasekamp decided to make these activities her SAE because she showed animals with 4-H. She also wanted to watch her show heifer mature into a good cow, help her dad plant seed and work on all the hay jobs.
Hasekamp’s favorite part of the SAE is getting to do what she loves to do on the farm with the people she loves. She has learned a great deal from working on these projects. Two of the biggest factors she has learned about include responsibility and patience. Hasekamp knows she must take full ownership of her work. “It’s not your parents’ project, it’s yours,” she said. Additionally, she has learned patience while watching her animals and plants mature. Her main SAE goals include growing and maintaining a well-respected cattle and sheep herd and continuing to help make the hay and grain production larger.
Hasekamp will continue to have her SAE grow and gain new knowledge from her time spent working on the farm. She encourages her peers to join the group. “FFA is for everyone. You don’t have to be a country kid to be in FFA,” she said. She wants everyone to know that FFA is fun and individuals gain many benefits from being a member.
The objective of a Supervised Agricultural Experience is to work with educational programs to better prepare FFA students for their future careers. The simple skills such as communication and patience will help them succeed in life. Scott Stone, one of the FFA advisors, says he has his students do an SAE for the learning experience. He says they can explore any career interest they may have and even find a field they might not want to follow. Stone said, “I hope they all have the chance to earn a profit, but I hope they can learn what areas they are interested in as a potential career.”