Rebecca Mackey, a city girl who loves agriculture

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By Becca Owsley

Although she lives in a subdivision, agriculture is important in Rebecca Mackey’s life.


President of Central Hardin High School’s FFA, she participated last month in a statewide leadership conference offered by the Kentucky Farm Bureau. The Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders at Murray State University is a five-day leadership conference that highlights careers in agriculture and exposes students to college life.

According to KFB, students who have an interest in pursing a career in agriculture are nominated by their county’s Farm Bureau board of directors. While at the conference, students gain understanding of the agriculture industry, learn about basic agriculture science and the political process of developing policy.

Mackey called the experience “amazing.”

She was able to be with 46 other FFA members who went on tours, trips and ate good food — all while getting a glimpse into what life is like on campus, she said.

Mackey said she got involved in FFA because of her dad. He was in FFA when he was in high school.

She took an agriculture class her freshman year and loved it. The other students were nice, she said, and the teachers were involved and wanted her to learn.

“I felt it was right,” she said.

She likes the diversity of agriculture and the science behind it.

She started trying for leadership positions and is going into her senior year as FFA president. She is also secretary of the Lincoln Trail Region and was a part of the state winning FFA Ag Issues team from CHHS. She also will serve as the executive council president at CHHS her senior year.

When she graduates, she wants to attend Murray State and major in agriculture education to become an agriculture teacher and keep FFA in her life.

Through FFA, Mackey said she learned how to meet people, network, leadership skills and how to see things differently in another person’s perspective, she said.

“I’ve learned to not be afraid to meet someone,” she said. “You never know who will be in the interview room for the biggest job of your life.”

Her mother, Jo Ellen, said she’s always proud of her daughter.

“Rebecca had to grow up early due to divorce and my personal health issues,” she said. “But she has taken those hardships and made a firm base for herself.”

Her mom said Mackey knows who she is, what she wants to achieve and where she wants to go in life.

“It still amazes me how a city girl has fallen so in love with FFA,” Jo Ellen said. “Farming and service to community is in her DNA is about all I can say.”

Mackey also loves science and is president of the science honors society. The club is regulated in membership and competes in 30 different scientific events including chemistry labs and creating experiments.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

Getting to know Rebecca Mackey
Favorite color: Lime green
Favorite television: She loves watching Netflix, especially “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Favorite food: The six-piece grilled chicken tenderloin platter at Cracker Barrel with mashed potatoes, macaroni, green beans and a biscuit.
Pets: Three cats, Gabbie, Tasha and Einstein
Favorite drink: Sweet tea
Dream car: Red Jeep Wrangler