Not every teenager is as enthusiastic about work as Corbin Henzler. But this senior FFA member at Slaton High School said that the hard work is his favorite part about being involved in agriculture.
"I think the work," Henzler said. "I know that sounds kind of crazy, a lot of people try to get out of the work, but for me messing around with animals and being on a tractor is just probably my favorite thing about agriculture."
Corbin credits his older sister for getting him involved in FFA, but he's actually a fifth generation ag man.
"I've been involved in agriculture all of my life," Henzler said. "My dad has raised pigs ever since he graduated high school, and we've raised horses and cows and goats and sheep, so it's kind of something I grew up in. My family has always been involved in it. My grandpa was a farmer as well as his dad and his dad, so we've been raised up as farmers and in the agricultural life."
Becoming a member of FFA helped Corbin travel across the state and make new friends at every stop. He encourages everyone to go to as many leadership camps and area and state conventions as possible.
"It's kind of scary starting out in the FFA because it's so big and there's so many people to meet. And if you're not social, it's kind of hard to get around because there's so many people that come up to you, hey I do this or hey I show this, and so you meet a lot of good friends," Henzler said. "But as the years went on, I just came to meet more and more people and that's helped me out a lot because a lot of my best friends I've met in the FFA."
Another skill that Corbin has strengthened through FFA is his welding. He spends lots of time in the shop building projects for the Slaton ag farm.
"We do a lot of projects in the shop," Henzler said. "My dad taught me how to weld when I was really young because at our house you work everyday from when the sun comes up until the sun goes down, there's just no way around that. We've built a lot of things, me and a lot of my friends we built pig traps, trimming chutes, we've built a lot of stuff for our ag farm and for other people as well that needed stuff. We built some roping dummies that we sold for about $120, so that was pretty neat to do that."
Slaton ag teacher Casey Jones said that Corbin has made real contributions to their chapter.
"Corbin is a very special and important individual to the chapter," Jones said. "Not only is he our chapter president, but he has played a big role on our leadership teams. He did public relations, a very well spoken young man, very well behaved. He helps out in any fund raisers that we do."
And now that his FFA days are coming to an end, Corbin knows that the work ethic he has learned through agriculture will stay with him for a lifetime.
"Being a senior now, I'm kind of sad that it's over," Henzler said. "I know it has helped me become who I am today and I'm really thankful for that and I plan on staying in agriculture for the rest of my life."
Corbin plans to study ag communications at Texas Tech this upcoming fall. To nominate a hard working 4-H or FFA student for Ag Student of the Week, please email us at AgDay@fox34.com .