INDIANAPOLIS — Although he no longer wears the blue corduroy FFA jacket, former Indiana FFA state officer Cole Pearson still is active in the agriculture industry.

Pearson, who served as the 2017-2018 Indiana FFA state treasurer, recently took time to answer questions about life after his year of service to the Indiana FFA and what the future holds for him.

What have you been up to since your term as an Indiana FFA state officer ended?

I just finished my freshman year at Purdue University where I am majoring in agribusiness. After graduating, my career goal would be looking into a job in agriculture lending, where I would have the opportunity to work with customers daily.

Currently, this summer I am working as an intern for the Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing Agency through the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

How did your year of service as an Indiana FFA state officer leading the organization and interacting with hundreds of FFA members help prepare you for college?

I believe it helped because as a state FFA officer I had to learn how to work on tight deadlines and complete numerous tasks throughout the year. Due to this, I believe I am ahead of my classmates in terms of how I take and complete my assignments.

I know the importance of communications skills and time management. The skills I developed through writing dozens of speeches and facilitating workshops as a state FFA officer have proved useful in my internship.

When I am assigned projects, I get started on them right away and make sure all necessary details are squared away.

Do you plan on staying involved in the FFA organization in the future and what advice would you give to FFA members who are considering running for a state FFA office one day, as well?

I was at the 90th Indiana FFA State Convention helping and supporting Hoosier FFA members as they competed in leadership development events. I’m not completely sure how yet, but I plan on staying involved in FFA at the state level for many years to come.

For FFA members that are considering running for a state officer, I would tell them it is important to go above and beyond and just be a little extra in everything that is asked of you.

Ashley Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or alangreck@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Langreck.

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