is a successful young agricultural entrepreneur who started running his own cattle
operation two years ago at age 15; he now manages a 150-head herd.
of the Cherokee Nation, Zachary attended the Native
Youth in Food & Agriculture Summit as a youth leader, and learned how
important financial management would be in the ultimate success of his fledgling
business venture. With his grandfather as co-signer, he was able to secure a
loan to finance his dream.
to achieve and become a successful third generation farmer and rancher in my
area and achieve my dream of educating to inspire others about the importance
of agriculture,” Zachary says. “My grandparents have bestowed a strong work ethic
on me and I believe there is no better way to learn than to do.”
90 percent of his time on developing and growing his herd. The rest of his time
is dedicated to advocating for agricultural production and food systems,
specifically in Indian Country. He also has an active voice among his community
as the high school FFA Chapter President.
future of agriculture will be challenging, but if we educate people on the
importance of agriculture and what it does for us, then we can better ourselves
for the future,” Zachary says. “Technology is advancing and this will also help
us to better our agricultural research and production.”
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