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Sierra Meyers, Agriculture Education

Sierra Meyers, Agriculture Education

In the Future Farmers of America Creed, E.M. Tiffany states, “I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds.”

While most students in the College of Agriculture can relate to some part of the FFA Creed, California State University, Chico agricultural education credential student Sierra June Meyers finds a connection to almost every paragraph. 

Pursuing a career in agriculture education was no question for Meyers, with her background of family farming and the experiences and opportunities she found through 4-H and FFA. In fact, she was in second grade when a teacher told her she should consider pursuing a career in education, and it was from that day forward she planned on becoming a teacher.

Meyers came to CSU, Chico after graduating from Madera South High School in Madera, California, and receiving her associate degree from Redlands Community College in El Reno, Oklahoma. After spending two years judging at the junior college level, Meyers made her way back to the West Coast, drawn to the agricultural education program and livestock judging team at CSU, Chico.

“I will never regret my decision coming to Chico State,” Meyers said. “Ever since Clay Carlson came to my high school on a recruitment visit, I knew that Chico was in my future. I have been very blessed to meet some of my greatest friends here, and I truly believe that our agricultural education program is superior to any other California college.”

However, it was long before high school that Meyers found her place in agriculture. Sierra’s grandfather Marvin Meyers; father, Greg; and older brother, Trevor, farm olives for olive oil, pistachios and almonds on the west side of Fresno County. One could say agriculture was in her blood.

Meyers also started raising show cattle at a young age, showing market steers and heifers at numerous jackpot shows and fairs. As a 9-year-old, Meyers attended livestock camps, learning to fit and show. Even as a beginner, Meyers insisted upon fitting her cattle by herself. She also has showed lambs, hogs, and horses. Today, Meyers still runs a small beef cattle herd with her mom and sister in Mendota, California.

Fortunately for Meyers, getting started in 4-H gave her the opportunity to start another huge part of her life at an early age: livestock judging. Before competing in high school and collegiate judging contests, Meyers placed 15th at the 4-H Nationals with her state champion 4-H judging team.

Enrolling in agriculture classes at Madera South High School led her to meet teacher, coach, and mentor Rebecca Bigelow-Mendoza. Meyers judged for Bigelow-Mendoza’s Madera South livestock judging team from 2006-2010.

In 2010, Meyers moved to El Reno, Oklahoma, to further her education. Attending school and judging at the junior college level for two years at Redlands Community College, she traveled across the Midwest evaluating livestock and ended up competing and placing in the top 10 in a number of contests. She was also a member of the 2012 national champion junior college livestock judging team.

At CSU, Chico, Meyers established roots in the College of Agriculture quickly. She found great success judging for coach Clay Carlson, thanks to his motivation and encouragement, she said. At the conclusion of her judging career in the fall of 2014, Meyers placed fourth in cattle at the American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri. Then, at the collegiate championship contest at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Kentucky, she placed ninth overall in reasons and 10th high individual overall in the nation.

Meyers is experienced in putting on livestock shows, having clerked at the California State Fair and the Silver Dollar Fair and served as livestock secretary for the 2014 Butte County Fair. She has judged county shows in Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado, Merced, and Tulare Counties. She loves the fact that she gets to work with the youth of agriculture inside and outside of the show ring, she said. In addition, this work gives her the opportunity to give back to the same industry that made her who she is today.

Meyers graduated from CSU, Chico in May with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and is currently in the credential program. She is student teaching at Las Plumas High School in Oroville, California. At the conclusion of the semester, she hopes to land a teaching position somewhere in Northern California and continue to share her vast knowledge and passion of the agriculture industry.

Reflecting on her time at CSU, Chico, Meyers said, “I’d like to thank Clay [Carlson] for always believing in me and pushing me to never accept being just ‘good enough’ during judging season. I’d also like to thank Dr. [Brad] Dodson for seeing the potential in me as a future teacher and for always keeping his door open, and finally, Dr. [Mollie] Aschenbrener for being so kind and for teaching me how to write a quality paper. They have all impacted my life in such a positive way, and I hope to have a similar influence on my future students one day.”