The center of this week’s Meet the Future Monday is Lexi Stout of Cumberland County, Tennessee. Lexi is an active 4-H and FFA member and avid showman with a clear and simple plan for the future. Read this week’s Meet the Future Monday Q&A to learn more about Lexi.
Describe your operation.
I live on a farm that consists of 30 acres, on which I have commercial and registered cattle.
What have you enjoyed most about growing up on the farm?
What I’ve enjoyed the most about growing up on a farm is that it teaches responsibility and to care about others, not just yourself. You must be responsible when caring for your animals before yourself.
Who has been your biggest role model in pursuing your farming aspirations?
My dad has been my biggest role model. Not just because he is my dad but because he has taught me many life lessons when working cattle together and driving in the field checking cattle.
What are you most passionate about in your business?
Talking to people is my biggest and most important passion in my business. The reason why is because people that haven’t grown up on a farm have many questions about farming, and want to know about my operation.
What are some of the greatest challenges that you face as a young farmer?
The greatest challenge that I face is that I’m the oldest so I have to do almost everything by self because my brother and sister are not old enough to help yet.
Where do you see yourself and your operation in 10 years?
I see myself having a degree in agriculture and getting a job in the industry. I see my operation growing to where I can raise and sell registered show cattle to the younger generation to help them start their own herd.
How will you continue to improve and grow your operation?
I will continue to grow my operation by improving the genetics in my herd. I will take those genetics that I am going to improve and build upon them.
How do you intend to leave your footprint on the beef industry in Tennessee?
I want to leave to my footprint in the beef industry by spreading my genetics with other people in the beef industry to help better their genetics.
What could the existing farmers do most to help farmers such as yourself?
The existing farmers could help educate the younger generation. Also, invest their time into the younger generation and help them with their herd.
What is your favorite beef dish?