Lauren began helping with her family’s goats at the age of eight. She began her herd with the purchase of 5 bred does and a buck. In addition to goats, she now has 4 acres of corn, 9 acres of soybeans, and 5 acres of timothy hay. She recently added 2 bred Angus cross heifers to her operation. Lauren has earned over $13,000 from her SAE during high school.
Lauren has been an active member of the Livingston Central FFA chapter and most recently served as chapter President. She participated in many events including Goat & Sheep impromptu speaking, horsemanship, land judging, and parliamentary procedure. Lauren has served her community in a variety of ways and annually assists the Livingston County Fiscal Court with trash pickup.
Lauren is a recent graduate of Livingston Central High School. She plans to enter the University of Kentucky in the fall and major in agriculture. She is the daughter of Robert and Karen Schmitt of Smithland. Her FFA advisor is Robert Schmitt.
Kentucky FFA is an organization of nearly 14,000 middle and high school students enrolled in Agricultural Education courses. The organization currently has 152 chapters in 116 counties. Nationally, FFA has over 629,000 members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.