WRS Future Generation

 

What’s a Future Generation Leader?

WRS is teaming up with Northern Ag Broadcasting in search of the next generation’s leaders. We want to showcase the youth in our communities across Montana that raise the bar for all of us and have a great impact on the community.

  • kids working hard on and off the ranch
  • kids who help out in the community
  • kids who take on leadership roles in their school.  

Qualifications for a Future Generation Leader: 

  • Must be 21 years of age or under 
  • Hardworking 
  • Leadership qualities

The Future Generation Leader of the month will receive $500 gift card to Western Ranch Supply, they will also be posted on both Western Ranch Supply and Northern Ag Broadcasting  websites and social media. 

 

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Presenting Hayley Stahl from Winnett, MT

Western Ranch Supply selected their first Future Generation Youth of the Month. Awarded to Hayley Stahl from Winnett, MT. Hayley is an outstanding leader in her community and is always ready to lend a helping hand. Hayley has organized a toy drive for Operation Shoebox, which sends shoeboxes full of toys around the world to kids before Christmas that might not receive a gift during the holidays.

Not only is Hayley stepping up and making a difference in her community and world, but she also has been a voice for students in her school. Winnett currently does not have an FFA program. Hayley has campaigned in her school and at board meetings to attempt to get this program implemented into their curriculum for agriculture education. Although FFA has yet to be implemented into Winnett’s extra curricular’s, Hayley has persevered by joining AG Ambassadors. The AG Ambassador competition has competitors prepare speeches, record a timed radio spot, social media, and do an interview in front of a panel of judges. Outside of AG Ambassadors Hayley has signed up individually to compete in livestock judging at the NILE.

When Hayley isn’t out campaigning and changing the world, you can find her out with her show cattle. She is not a stranger to being up at the crack of dawn to do her chores before going to school or helping on the family ranch. “Whether it is driving the grain cart or feeding cows in the winter. I know that agriculture is where my passion and my future lay.” To further her passion for agriculture she plans on attending Sheridan College, to attain a degree in Agriculture Business. After attending college, she plans on having her own working farm just like those in her family have before her.

Western Ranch Supply is proud to announce a well-deserving young lady as our first, Future Generation Youth of the Month. Western Ranch Supply wants to help Hayley continue her dream in agriculture by gifting her $500.00 to help her succeed. It is Western Ranch Supply’s privilege to help young agriculturalists who will be the next generation leaders in agriculture. If you know a well-deserving youth like Hayley please send in your nominations.

Presenting Wylee Simenson from Chinook, MT

Western Ranch Supply selected their second Future Generation Youth of the Month. Awarded to Wylee Simenson from Chinook, MT. Wylee is an extraordinary young man who is heavily involved in his community in many different aspects; from starting the community garden to helping host resident birthday parties at Sweet Memorial Nursing Home, he is always ready to lend a helping hand.

Not only is Wylee stepping up and making a difference in his community, but he is also leaving his mark on the youth in his community. Wylee uses his passion for agriculture and the show industry to give back to his community. Wylee spends his summer hosting a weekly beef and lamb showmanship and fitting clinic. Wylee has expanded this clinic from just his county to surrounding counties as well. His leadership shines through by being involved in 4-H and FFA. Wylee currently is the Chinook FFA’s Reporter and his 4H club President.

When Wylee isn’t busy with clinics and community involvement, he takes time to focus on his individual goals. Wylee is extremely passionate about his cattle herd and showing. He spends countless hours in the barn doing chores, helping calve, and making sure his cattle are in tip-top shape. To help advance himself in the Angus industry, Wylee is serving on the Junior Angus Association as an ambassador.

Western Ranch Supply is proud to announce a well-deserving young man as our second, Future Generation Youth of the Month. Western Ranch Supply wants to help Wylee continue his dream in agriculture by gifting him $500.00 to help him succeed. It is Western Ranch Supply’s privilege to help young agriculturalists who will be the next generation leaders in agriculture. If you know a well-deserving youth like Wylee please send in your nominations.

Presenting Teah Vennes from Sedan, MT

Western Ranch Supply selected their third Future Generation Youth of the Month. Awarded to Teah Vennes from Sedan, MT. Teah is involved in many different agriculture aspects from being involved in 4H to helping at the family ranch. Even though Teah is only thirteen years old she focuses on giving back to her community to lend a helping hand when needed. “Helping the community is something that is important to me. We live in such a small area that everyone knows pretty much everyone. To keep our small area strong, we must help each other out when it is needed, and sometimes even when it isn’t! It is so rewarding to help someone who needs it or even just bring the community together.”

If Teah isn’t out helping her community, she is out working on her 4H projects. Teah is involved in small animal projects and shows her rabbits at the Gallatin County Fair. This year Teah will be showing large animals such as her heifers and market steer at the Park County Fair. Cattle is where most of her passion lies, she has been involved in community projects by, volunteering to be the videographer. Even at the age of thirteen she is embedded into the agriculture community of her hometown.

Teah is an ambitious middle schooler and is dreaming big for her future. Teah has the dream of becoming a veterinarian for large animals. Along with becoming a large animal vet she also wants to go back home to the family ranch and help with production. In order to be a hand on the ranch she knows it comes with hard work and dedication, Teah said that “This spring I am working on roping so I can be better in the branding pen. My favorite time of year is branding, all the neighboring ranches help each other, and it makes for a fun season.”

Western Ranch Supply is proud to announce a well-deserving young lady as our third, Future Generation Youth of the Month. Western Ranch Supply wants to partner with to Teah to continue her dream in agriculture by gifting her $500.00 to help her succeed. It is Western Ranch Supply’s privilege to help young agriculturalists who will be the next generation leaders in agriculture. If you know a well-deserving youth like Teah, please send in your nominations.

Presenting Cole Bare from Reed Point, MT

Western Ranch Supply selected their fourth Future Generation Youth of the Month. Awarded to Cole Bare from Reed Point, MT. Cole is involved in many different agriculture aspects from starting a beef-to-table lunch program at his local high school to now being co-owner of Yellowstone Angus Ranch. Agriculture has consumed Cole’s everyday life and has been heavily involved in creating diversified agriculture opportunities in his hometown.  

When Cole was in high school, he participated in their Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter. While involved in this organization Cole lived out the words ‘Community Leaders’ with his fellow friend, they created a beef-to-table lunch program in their school district. To Cole creating this program was more than a high school project instead he is still involved and runs the program today. This year marks the third year that the program has been implemented in the school district.

Cole’s eagerness to be involved in the agricultural community doesn’t only shine through in this program but, he is also ready to lend a helping hand to fellow ranchers. According to Heather Jarrett, “Cole is often called upon by his fellow ranchers for a bit of help. He steps up and assists with each request, from feeding to calving Cole is valued by all for his hard work and helping nature.” Cole is a young man who cares about agriculture as well as the future generation, Cole told Western Ranch Supply, “I help with the church youth group and vacation bible school. I’m always eager to lend a helping hand.” Young community members like Cole prove that the future of agriculture is in great hands.

Western Ranch Supply is proud to announce a well-deserving young man as our fourth, Future Generation Youth of the Month. Western Ranch Supply wants to partner with Cole to continue his passion for agriculture by gifting him $500.00 to help him succeed. It is Western Ranch Supply’s privilege to help young agriculturalists who will be the next generation leaders in agriculture. If you know a well-deserving youth like Cole, please send in your nominations.

Presenting Tyeson Gravenhof 

Billings, MT, May – In May, Western Ranch Supply selected their fifth Future Generation Youth of the Month. Awarded to Tyeson Gravenhof from Roundup, MT. Tyeson is an exemplary leader in every extracurricular activity he is involved in. Tyeson is involved in Student Council, Business Professionals of America (BPA), Science Olympiad club, Student School Ambassador, 4H, and FFA. Tyeson is currently serving as his FFA Chapters Vice President and takes this responsibility seriously. He has organized a petting zoo for the community where he provides the animals because of his diverse agricultural experience. Tyeson lives to serve his community; they trust him to lend a helping hand when needed. “One of my fellow FFA members and I took it upon ourselves, to refabricate the Roundup town signs that were damaged in a windstorm last year.” His community involvement is not limited to FFA and 4H, he attends neighbors’ brandings, helps in the pig barn at the county fair, and fills in where needed.

Tyeson’s passions reside in agriculture from Black Angus cattle to Boer goats he embeds himself into the livelihood. Michelle Gravenhof says, “He is no stranger to hard work. Whether at home or at the fairs, he puts in many hours feeding, setting up, animal husbandry, or visiting with others about his enterprises.” Tyeson does more than take his animals to the county fair, he also is running his own business. Tyeson makes all the breeding plans and cash flows, all while juggling school. The show animals that he raises have been sold to several different states and he raises hogs for meat sales. Tyeson is an advocate for farm-to-table and wants to continue raising hogs to sell local pork.

Tyeson’s hard work does not go unnoticed, he has been successful in his extracurricular activities. This past April, he was awarded 3rd place at the FFA State Convention in the Livestock Judging event. His future includes finding a collegiate livestock team to judge for while pursuing a major in Agricultural Business and Animal Science. Tyeson finds the reproductive side of animal health fascinating, such as embryo and IVF.

Western Ranch Supply is proud to announce a well-deserving young man as our fifth, Future Generation Youth of the Month. Western Ranch Supply wants to partner with Tyeson to continue his passion for agriculture by gifting him $500.00 to help him succeed. It is Western Ranch Supply’s privilege to help young agriculturalists who will be the next generation leaders in agriculture. If you know a well-deserving youth like Tyeson, please send in your nominations.

Presenting Sadie Shindurling-Gusafson

Billings, MT, June– In June, Western Ranch Supply selected their sixth Future Generation Youth of the Month. Awarded to Sadie Shindurling – Gustafson from Anaconda, MT. Sadie is an ambitious young lady who gives it her all whether it is starting up a business, community involvement or preparing for college. She continues to go one step above the expectations.

Sadie’s community involvement includes her Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Chapter which dedicates its time during the holiday season to help prevent hunger in their community. Sadie participates in the Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive where she goes door to door with flyers asking for donations for canned foods and left a box by their door. What they received in donations went to the local Food Pantry and helped the Food Pantry make boxes for those who were in need.  When Christmas comes around Sadie can be found helping put together food baskets for families in need. The baskets are made up of donations that create a full Christmas dinner.

The impact Sadie has around her community doesn’t just stop with her 4H and FCCLA clubs. Sadie and her sister Kirby have their own business called J.A.K.K.E.S Farm. The business started with just one ewe and has grown into twelve, since 2019. Sadie’s goal in this business is to have affordable lambs for the youth who are just beginning to show. Not only does her business have an emphasis on affordability but she takes the time to help the kids with shearing and showmanship. “My goals include expanding our herd from 12 to 30 head, producing quality, affordable and competitive lambs, offering scholarships to kids to begin their own herds, educating kids on the importance of quality meat production, and being self-sufficient with breeding by being able to Artificially Inseminate my own herd.”

Sadie’s future doesn’t stop at J.A.K.K.E.S Farms,” When I graduate high school, I hope to be accepted at MSU, the Western University of Montana in Dillon, or the University of Wyoming to study Livestock management and livestock reproduction and become certified in AI and Ultrasound Sheep, Goats, Swine and Cattle. I want to go to school to be certified as a farrier. I have always been fascinated with the work of a farrier and my goal is to become a traveling farrier and to be able to offer AI’ing and Ultrasound services around the state.”

Western Ranch Supply is proud to announce a well-deserving young lady as our sixth, Future Generation Youth of the Month. Western Ranch Supply wants to partner with Sadie to continue her dream in agriculture by gifting her $500.00 to help her succeed. It is Western Ranch Supply’s privilege to help young agriculturalists who will be the next generation of leaders in agriculture. If you know a well-deserving youth like Sadie please send in your nominations.

Presenting Phillip Prewett

In July, Western Ranch Supply selected their seventh Future Generation Youth of the Month. Awarded to Phillip Prewett from Park City, MT. Phillip is a young man who invests his life into being a voice for agriculture and demonstrates knowledge about the industry as well as reaches out to others to learn.

Philip was raised on a farm and learned the ropes from his father these learning experiences included farm equipment sales, the art of negotiation, and respect for farming and ranching. Phillip has been an asset to the family farm by selling, marketing, and crop management, and has found success in the sales department with his outgoing respectful personality. Phillip sells at the local Billings farmer’s markets.

Being involved in the community is what Phillip is known for, from Farmers Union to FFA (Future Farmers of America) Phillip inserts himself into acts of service for the agriculture community. Phillip started his career in the Farmers Union when he was around seven years old and has found opportunities that will benefit his future. He was selected to go to Washington D.C. as a representative of Montana youth to Senators from across the U.S., where he gave a speech to the members of congress. Phillip received the Torch Bearer award in 2021 this is the highest award a youth in the Farmers Union can receive.

In like manner Phillip is involved in 4H and FFA, this is where he puts emphasis on mentoring younger members and lending a helping hand to their success. His honest love and dedication to agriculture shine through as he leads members to success. Recently Phillip has been selected to serve Montana FFA Association as the 2nd Vice President State Officer, along with seven other outstanding young leaders. In this position, Phillip will speak with sponsors, members, and agriculture industry professionals, and represent Montana FFA at National Convention at the delegate session.

Philip will be pursuing his education at Montana State University with pursuing a degree in Farm and Ranch Management and a minor in Political Science.  Phillip states, “When it comes to Montana’s biggest industry (agriculture) I’ve found my calling and purpose, I’m involved in many ways such as starting my own cattle herd, helping neighbors, and anyone that can teach me more about the industry, and helping build policy to support family farm agriculture.” We know that Phillip will do great things for the Agriculture Industry in the future.

Western Ranch Supply is proud to announce a well-deserving young man as our seventh, Future Generation Youth of the Month. Western Ranch Supply wants to partner with Phillip to continue his passion for agriculture by gifting him $500.00 to help her succeed. It is Western Ranch Supply’s privilege to help young agriculturalists who will be the next generation of leaders in agriculture. If you know a well-deserving youth like Phillip please send in your nominations.

Presenting Layne Meek

In August –Western Ranch Supply selected their eighth Future Generation Youth of the Month. Awarded to Layne Meek from Glendive, MT. Layne is valuable asset in her community. She is currently her 4-H chapter president, her FFA chapter secretary and is chair of the county 4-H ambassador team. Last year, she able to take advantage of being able to learn the extension agents roll as she helped register every 4-H member and all of their projects for fair, since she was the only ambassador. Whenever the extension office has a need, Layne can be found there, helping them out.

During the school year, Layne commutes on Sunday to live with her sheep breeder and family so she can attend Richey High School. Layne chose RHS due to their rich FFA culture in and out of the school. She helps out with Bob Walker Sheep Company as well as with Reimann Club Lambs and Kids while she is in Richey.
On the weekend, in Glendive, with her family, Layne is working to grow her own cattle company, Pitchfork Livestock Company. Her goal is to be able to offer future 4-H and FFA kids quality and affordable show cattle. Layne can be found shearing sheep for junior 4-H members or helping new members learn showmanship tips, running a Clover Bud meeting, working booths at day camp or any activity she is asked to help out with.

Layne has had the dream of becoming an Ag teacher since she was 12. Layne is a great ambassador for the industry of agriculture. After completing her senior year of school, Layne hopes to complete her degree in agriculture and education and return to eastern Montana to continue to give back to youth and instill her love of ag into generations to come.

Western Ranch Supply is proud to announce a well deserving young lady as our Future Generation Youth of the Month. Western Ranch Supply wants to help Layne continue her dream in agriculture by gifting her $500.00 to help her succeed. It is Western Ranch Supply’s privilege to help young agriculturalist who will be the next generation leaders in agriculture. If you know a well deserving youth like Layne please send in your nominations.

Presenting Trent Petersen

In September –Western Ranch Supply selected their nineth Future Generation Youth of the Month. Awarded to Trent Petersen from Red Lodge, MT. Trent has been an active member in the Red Lodge FFA and a student in my classes for the past five years. Trent has a natural leadership that allows him to step up and take action. He has been at the forefront of all of his chapter efforts for the past three years, serving as an officer. This year as our chapter FFA president, Trent has made FFA his first priority. He manages his time well, also serving in the Rock Creek Ranchers 4H, Red Lodge Wrestling and working for local ranchers. He has logged over 300 hours of community service. Trent is quick to take initiative and works until the job is finished.

Trent’s personable nature has allowed him to advocate for agriculture. He is a positive voice for the FFA and for the industry. He always demonstrates high morals and makes mature decisions. He communicates well with young children, peers and adults. He can start and hold a genuine conversation with anyone. He loves agriculture, especially his cows. Over the past four years he has dedicated his time, efforts and finances to building a first-generation cattle operation. He started with one heifer named Beatrice and has built his operation to 5 cow calf pairs.

Trent excels with hands on tasks. These skills come from years of work on the family ranch, where he runs and maintains a small herd of Black Angus cows. Along with skills, this lifestyle of ranching has instilled an incredible work ethic and confidence that you can’t create in a classroom. Trent is a future leader in MT agriculture.

Western Ranch Supply is proud to announce a well deserving young man as our Future Generation Youth of the Month. Western Ranch Supply wants to help Trent continue his career in agriculture by gifting him $500.00 to help him succeed. It is Western Ranch Supply’s privilege to help young agriculturalist who will be the next generation leaders in agriculture. If you know a well deserving youth like Trent please send in your nominations.