Hello Everyone! I am Maddilyn Johnson and I am pleased to say that I am the 2016-2017 JFCA Treasurer! I am 16 years old and a sophomore at Chiefland High School. I live in Levy County with my parents, Chad “Cracker” and Angela Johnson, and my three older brothers-Tyler, Quin, and Bryden. Along with being very active in our FFA Chapter, I am also involved in Student Government and our Health Academy. Growing up we all showed cattle at our local youth show, the Suwannee River Fair. Most of the cattle were raised by us or by my Papa, although occasionally we had to buy from other sources. As I’ve grown older, I found a passion for the beef industry. As a result, I started showing in the JFCA point series last year. Being a part of JFCA I am growing in my knowledge of the industry and making lifelong friendships.
The fifth of six JFCA point series shows was held November 4th & 5th. The Old Florida Show was hosted by the University of Florida Livestock Judging Team and was held at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala. The UF students did an excellent job with their first show. The final points series show will be held December 9th & 10th, hosted by Plant City FFA Alumni and will be held at the Florida State Fair Grounds in Tampa.
In July, during our JFCA officer interviews, we were asked what issues we saw in the industry that could be addressed by JFCA or by me individually. One of the main issues I see is advocacy- using social media correctly to advocate for the Beef Industry and American Agriculture in general. Typically, when it comes to agriculture and Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and Snap Chat), we react and defend what we do and how we do it. Instead, we should be more active in promoting what a great job we do at feeding, clothing, and fueling our country and many others in healthy and humane ways. We are the best stewards of the land and it’s creatures, so we should be using every avenue and opportunity to share that. With more than 75% of the American population having some form of social media account, I hope that in the upcoming year you will share the “good stuff” you are doing every chance you get.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.