Olivia Powers Biography

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Supervised Agricultural Experience:

My SAEs are my passion and my lifestyle. My first SAE is Equine through placement. I care for the horses of Glenwood Farm and boarders from Cedar Lane Farms. I have been competing in multiple disciplines such as Halter, Showmanship, Hunter Pleasure, Country-English Pleasure, and Native Costume since the age of six. My second SAE is Beef Production through placement. I care for the cattle on my family farm as well as those at Glenwood Farm. I have recently aged out of the beef cattle show circuit, but for many years I cared for and showed the cattle of Crabapple Cove Farms.


Career Development/Leadership/Talent Event(s):

I am proud to be from a chapter which is heavily involved in CDEs. I began competing in CDEs in the seventh grade and have also coached teams along the way. Some CDEs I have competed in include Livestock, Horse Evaluation, Meats Evaluation and Technology, Envirothon, Nursery Landscape, and Poultry. I have had the privilege of competing at nationals in many of these Cde’s and also with the Dairy Handling event.


Major FFA Accomplishments:

My major FFA accomplishments include state wins in Horse Evaluation, Meats Evaluation and technology, and Poultry. Along with Serving as Central District Reporter for the 2019-2020 term.


Favorite Book:

My favorite book is Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier. Rebecca is set in 1920’s England and is about a newly married woman who uncovers the secret of the manor her new husband owns. The novel is beautifully written with twists and turns and the setting is intricately painted for the reader. I have read it multiple times, but it is so good I would give anything to read it again for the first time.


Favorite Movie:

My favorite movie is Steel Magnolias. I love the sisterhood that blossoms between the women that frequent Truvy’s beauty salon after their loss. Steel magnolias is a staple in a southern young woman’s watch list.


Favorite Meal:

My favorite meal is one I have learned to make myself. It is flattened chicken covered in breadcrumbs and fried, a cream and white wine marinara sauce over pasta, with muffin tin chocolate lava cakes for dessert.


Favorite Quote:

“It seems to me, that love could be labeled poison and we’d drink it anyways” – Atticus (Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird)


Favorite Song:

Shake the Frost by Tyler Childers


Favorite thing about FFA:

My favorite thing about FFA is getting older and watching those used to be first year ag students make what was once a vision a reality. Being able to help others reach their dreams is something that has brought me so much joy throughout my FFA career.


Favorite FFA Memory:

My favorite FFA memory is showing a dairy cow at FFA nationals in 2019. It was one of the coldest days of the entire trip, so I was thankful for the two layers of thermals underneath my dairy whites. I have always shown beef cattle, so showmanship for dairy cattle felt so foreign. I had the most fun navigating the show ring with the sweetest animal I have ever exhibited; a Holstein I couldn’t even see over. I absolutely loved the entire experience, and still keep in contact with the other showmen there.


College Plans:

 I am a full-time student at the University of South Alabama. I am majoring in Communications with a minor in related sciences. After I graduate, I plan to apply to an Ag Law program, or pursue a masters in an ag field.

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