Meet 16-year-old Gracie Hunziker of Hurdland. Agriculture has played a major role in her life thanks to her parents and older brothers?? roles and interest in the field. When she was 6 years old she showed goats, cattle, horses, sheep, and dogs with the Southside Road Runners 4-H. Then when she was a freshman at Knox County High School, she expanded her horizons and shows hogs. Gracie says her farm animals are the best friends anyone could ever ask for.
"If you are having a bad day, you can go outside and talk to them. I think they listen half the time. They'll smile at you or run around and play. They just brighten your day every day," Hunziker said.
Gracie is a member of the Knox County FFA. For the past ten years, she has shown her animals at the Missouri State, NEMO and Knox County Fairs where she has won Showmanship, Champion Overall, Reserve and Grand Champion titles on various occasions. But behind all that recognition is a lot of hard work and responsibility for Gracie to take care of her prized animals.
"Every day I get up about 5 and get out here and chore for about 2 hours. I feed them, clean out the stalls, wash them, walk them, rinse them, walk them about 3 times a day almost," Hunziker said.
Over the years, Gracie has also shared some memorable and funny moments with her farm friends.
"At the Knox County Fair, we have this scan, they put oil on the cows to do the scan and the only way to get the oil out is using baby powder. We had these big turbo fans and I forgot to shut them off. I put the baby powder and I looked back and everyone had baby powder on their faces and hair," Hunziker said.
Gracie says agriculture has taught her so much and has helped shaped her into the person she is today.
"I grew up here and I want to stay in agriculture. My roots are always going to be here no matter where I go," Hunziker said.
Other than taking care of her farm animals, Gracie also likes to fix tractors, go horseback riding and does theater and acting.
She is planning to go to Texas A & M after graduation to further her agricultural studies.
Congratulations Gracie on being this week's Ag Kid.