Kentucky FFA State Reporter: Mallory McDonald

FFA Week is a time for FFA Members to raise awareness about the role of the National FFA in the development of agriculture’s future leaders and the importance of agricultural education.

Mallory McDonald is Kentucky’s FFA State Reporter. She shared her FFA Story with Tarter.

Years in FFA:


What do you enjoy most about FFA?

The thing I enjoy most about FFA is the opportunity to grow in both my leadership skills and self-confidence. When I look back on where I started in FFA, I was a shy freshman girl who was terrified to meet new people (let alone speak to them) and was unsure about my goals in life. Now, almost 6 years later, I can say I have found my voice to speak up not only for myself, but for those around me. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories. I have goals for myself – all of which were sparked by this blue jacket.

Tell us about what you have done during your FFA Years:

During my time in FFA, I have always been very involved at the chapter, regional, and state level. Throughout high school, my favorite events were Extemporaneous Public Speaking and the Talent Contest. During Extemporaneous Public Speaking, I enjoyed researching and presenting various agricultural issues which propelled me to find a love for agricultural policy and law. As someone with a love for music, the Talent Contest was a way for me to showcase my skills while also making friendships that I still keep in touch with to this day. After high school, I wasn’t done with my time in the blue jacket and ran at the state level to be elected at the 2019-2020 State Reporter. Throughout my time as a state officer, I have been blessed to meet thousands of inspiring FFA members who remind me of the value and purpose of this organization.

How are you and your chapter celebrating National FFA Week?

My state officer team and I are staying busy during National FFA Week as we travel across Kentucky meeting members and visiting chapters to celebrate our organization. I know personally, I am going back home to the Lake Cumberland Region to attend various Greenhand degree ceremonies and interacting with members in fun, leadership workshops. I am so excited to meet members this week!

Do you currently live on a farm?

I do live on a farm! We house about 15 head of Katahdin sheep as well as Tennessee Walking Horses.

Do you use Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment?

Yes! We have always used and enjoy Tarter Equipment!

Which piece of Tarter Equipment is your favorite? Why?

My favorite piece of Tarter Equipment is the Dura Tough Small Animal Feeder. We feed our sheep on a half hay and feed diet and this product allows us to feed both at once. Plus, the product is very tough for multiple animals to use. Our sheep get excited when it’s feeding time and this product continues to last for us.

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