Through my own personal involvement in 4-H and FFA over the years, I have had several opportunities to build memories that will last a lifetime.

The two agriculture-focused youth groups, while similar, still differ greatly from one another, and in some states, individuals have to choose in which organization they wish to participate.

Some of my biggest achievements up to this point in life occurred while I was in 4-H and FFA or because of my ties to the associations.

Whenever I get the chance, I love tooting the horn for both of the groups, letting others know the value of the leadership, responsibility and teamwork skills that individuals can learn from being a member of either agriculture group.

There are many aspects of the organizations that I love, but my favorite part of being a member of both 4-H and FFA was all of the people I had the opportunity to meet who shared the same passion for agriculture and spreading the word of the ag industry with the general public as I did.

One of those individuals I have had the pleasure of getting to know is Jacob Mattox, while he served as the 2011-2012 Indiana FFA southern region vice president.

I had the honor of getting to know Mattox and the rest of his teammates during an interview not long after I joined the Indiana AgriNews staff.

His love for the Indiana FFA and all of its members was clear through his dedication to serving the membership throughout his year of service.

In July, Mattox was selected to represent Indiana as its 2013-2014 National FFA officer candidate. I believe he is a great candidate and will be a great National FFA officer, if he is chosen during this year’s National FFA Convention Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Louisville, Ky.