Lily Barfield – Georgia Nomination by Sarah Barfield Photography by Jennifer Farmer, JL Farmer Photography Issue 62 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Lily is an e-book author, FFA champion market hog showman, and agriculture advocate. Lily plans to be the first person in her family to have a career in the agriculture industry when she becomes an animal nutritionist. Lily was chosen as one of 38 students nationwide and the only female in Georgia to win a Lindner Scholarship in 2021. Lily operates a small business in animal care called Lily's Pet-cations. Lily has been an honor student for four years, she was an FFA officer, and she is captain of the swim team. Lily also volunteers with animal rescues regularly.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? This year, I was chosen as the Heisman High School Scholarship winner for my school. In 2020, I was awarded the title of Miss Central Georgia's Outstanding Teen as part of the Miss America organization where I helped raise over $5,000 for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, and I continued to advocate for agriculture through my social impact initiative. I was also an ambassador for the Georgia Peach Industry for two years, and I was honored to be invited to the Georgia Capitol as a guest of Representative Robert Dickey, one of our local peach farmers.
What else would you like to talk about in your interview? My favorite Leadership Development Event (LDE) in FFA is public speaking because I get to talk about the importance of agriculture. I also enjoy competing in the Agriculture Education and Veterinary Science Career Development Events (CDEs). I have been a member of the 4-H Competition Shotgun Team since 9th grade. When I'm at home, I love to bake desserts for my family, spend time with my dog, and cuddle up in my bed to watch cartoons.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? I am most passionate about the importance of agriculture. I like to eat, do you? If you do, then you should also be concerned about the importance of agriculture in America and around the globe. Did you know that by the year 2030, there will be an estimated 9 billion people in the world who will need agriculture to sustain life? The agriculture industry provides shelter, clothing, and food for all people, and we literally cannot live without it. It is essential that more students and adults commit to a career in agriculture and help create a sustainable future.
Look for Lily in issue 62 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!