By Janet Kehres
Adison Niese loves farming. When she graduated from kindergarten she stated that she was going to be a farmer when she grew up. It is not surprising since she comes from a long line of farmers.It all started many years ago when Waldo Niese (Adi's great grandfather) moved his family from Putnam County, Ohio to Crawford County. Waldo was a farmer. He had six children: Jim, Bob, Tom, Jerry, Joe and Mary Ann. All five of the boys are farming today. Bob and Lil Niese (Adi's grandfather and grandmother) had four children: Roger, Kristi, Kenny and Charlie. Kristi is married to Loren Kranz who farms with his father in Shiloh when he is not working at his regular job at ArcelorMittal. Kenny is involved in the family tiling business. Charlie, who died in a car accident when he was 17 years old, was very active in FFA, loved farming and planned on making it his career. Roger (Adi's father) farms with his dad, Bob. Roger and Terri have three children: Kelsey, who was very active in FFA and showed animals at the fair through out her high school years. Owen, who recently graduated from college, was active in FFA and showed many animals. Today, Owen works with his dad and grandfather on the family farms. Adi, Roger's youngest, is this year's FFA president for Shelby. Adi has shown animals at Richland County fair since she was in the third grade and active in 4-H. She remembers riding in the combine with Grandpa Bob when she was very young and loving every minute of it. She also loves animals. She showed pigs for five years at the fair, dairy calves since the third grade (she placed 5th), and this year she will be showing goats for the first time, along with beef feeders. Adi has attended the past two Ohio State FFA Conventions and was a delegate this year. Last year, she attended the National FFA convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. She also went with the Shelby FFA on their bus trip to Ft. Worth, Texas, where she observed stock shows and learned about diversity in agriculture. Recently, she and the other FFA officers from Shelby went on a retreat in Pennsylvania with their teacher, Randy Eisenhauer. The officers are: President– Adison Niese, Vice President-Kristen Eisenhauer, Secretary- Kaylin Studer, Treasurer– Kaitlyn Evans. The officers worked on setting goals for this next school year and bonded with each other. This week Adi will be going to Washington, D.C. to attend the National Leadership Conference. Adi is thinking about running for a state office in FFA next year. Her only concern will be that it will take her away from her studies at the high school. During the summer, when she is not attending conferences and the fair, Adi is busy working with Shelby's FFA doing community work such as: assisting with Bicycle Days, and building bird houses for the city of Shelby. The Richland County Fair will be here soon and Adi is looking forward to showing her beef feeders and goats. She is a member of the Jr. Fair Board. When asked what she has learned from showing her animals in the past, her comment was to be more aware of the feed and how it can help the animal grow. She also said she learned some secrets along the way to improve her showmanship. A typical day for Adi is to feed her animals, walk them, brush, sometimes bath them and to bond with each animal. She named her feeder calves Austin and Dallas. She has had both calves since they were three days old. She bottle-fed them at 3 a.m. and 6:00p.m until they were weaned by giving them regular grain and hay. She plays the radio for her animals (Country music, of course) so that they will be used to noise when they go to the fair. The support that she has received from her dad, Roger, and especially from her mom, Terri, has been awesome. Her favorite part of showing animals is spending time and bonding with each of them. She feels each animal has a different personality and is unique in their own way. They are fun to be around. Her least favorite thing is cleaning the pens. Adi sees farming in her future, but is not sure in which direction she will decide. She favors Animal Sciences, Agronomy, and enjoys Seed/Soil Labs.