Meet 17-year-old Rebecca Helton of Macon. Agriculture has played a major role in her life due to her momâ??s strong background in the field. She has raised cattle, pigs, and chickens on her family farm but her favorite and most special are her sheep.
"Theyâ??re fuzzy, warm, and sweet. They are just adorable and are like pets to me. It's what I really like," Helton said.
Rebecca is a member of the Macon County FFA and the President of the Easy Riders 4-H Group. She has shown her sheep at the Macon County, NEMO, and Missouri State Fairs and has won awards such as Grand Champion. Rebecca says there is a lot of responsibility and hard work to take care of her prized sheep.
"To keep them happy, you have to make sure they have food and water all the time...clean water and nice good food. We feed them everyday mostly corn and hay to keep them happy," Helton said.
Rebecca has also had the chance to experience some funny moments with her sheep.
"I had a market lamb named Hopper because she could jump higher than I could. She could get almost higher than my head. I never had a lamb jump that high before. I would hang on so tight to the rope because she didn't want to lead and just jump high into the air," Helton said.
Rebecca is planning to continue working in agriculture and wants to share its importance to the world.
"I feel not enough people know about agriculture and how it's the backbone of everything in America. Agriculture has been here since the beginning of time," Helton said.
When she is not out on the farm with her sheep, Rebecca is involved with school extracurricular activities such as the National Honors Society and also has interest in horticulture.
She is planning to attend the University of Missouri for college to study plant science and one day hopes to become a florist.