Jacob Diaz said that he loves everything about the FFA, and he's participated in almost everything, too, from livestock judging to project building.
"I've been in agriculture probably since fifth grade, but I've been in FFA since my freshman year and I've had a lot of fun," Diaz said. "Livestock judging, that's a blast and CDEs, LDEs, same thing as livestock judging."
Diaz also shows livestock. This year he earned sale money with his pigs at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo.
"I went to every show this year," Diaz said. "I show pigs, and I placed at every show I went to. I went to San Antonio and San Antonio has a sale, and then I got 5,000 from there."
Before the livestock show season started however, Diaz and other FFA classmates were busy building a new Slaton FFA swine facility, a project that will be used by other FFA members for years to come.
"We built our swine barn from the ground up and that was a lot of fun because we got to learn a lot of the tools and we got to actually help doing it and that was a good experience," Diaz said. "It really helped a lot to know that my pigs were going to go in there and then I was building something for me and a lot of other kids. It will last for a while. I mean we put all of our heart into it and it was a blast making it."
And as if his plate hasn't been full enough, Diaz also serves as the Slaton FFA chapter Vice President, a role he takes very seriously since he always has to be ready to back up the President.
"This is my second year. Last year I was our Treasurer and this year I moved up to Vice President," Diaz said. "Being an officer is a real big responsibility for me. I mean I love the FFA, I love everything about it."
And Slaton ag teacher Casey Jones said that Jacob is a true blessing to have involved. His great sense of humor helps keep activities and responsibilities fun for the whole chapter.
"FFA is something that should be fun. It should be something that is enjoyable, it shouldn't be something that somebody looks at as a job," Jones said. "It should be something that they look at as a privilege to be a part of, to know that they're helping promote agriculture into the future and to the public. He's pretty well a well rounded individual who helps support our FFA program."
Diaz plans to continue his excellent work ethic he's gained through FFA by pursuing a technical degree next fall.
"I'm going to be as close to agriculture as I can," Diaz said. "I kind of want to go be a diesel mechanic at South Plains or TSTC in Sweetwater."
Congratulations again to Jacob Diaz, a senior FFA member at Slaton High School. To send us suggestions for Ag Student of the Week, please email us at AgDay@fox34.com .