Lone Grove’s Cassidy Baughman – FFA Spotlight Presented by Oklahoma AgCredit Ardmore
Lone Grove High School senior Cassidy Baughman has spent her entire life in the agriculture industry in some form thanks to her family heritage.
“I grew up visiting my grandparents’ dairy and beef cattle farm in southwest Oklahoma during the summer, helping my father, who is a plant scientist, with his research on soybean crops and watching my sister serve as the president of our local FFA chapter. My passion for the industry has blossomed over the six years that I have been involved in the FFA organization. I am so honored to be carrying on my family’s tradition of being involved in this industry and organization,” said Baughman.
During her freshman year of high school, she started showing sheep after the former FFA advisor encouraged her to give it a try.
“I had the amazing opportunity to meet Alissa Foreman from Foreman Livestock who also works with Boatman Club Lambs. Alissa has been a great role model in my life when it comes to the sheep breeding industry. My success would have never been possible without her help. I am so blessed to call Foreman Livestock a partner on several ewe lambs and offspring that we have been able to raise together. We raised an ewe lamb named “Corona” who has won reserve breed champion at the EYO livestock show and the Central Area livestock show,” said Baughman.
The FFA has provided Baughman with the opportunity to learn valuable life lessons and make friendships and connections with other members from across the state and the nation.
“I absolutely love the positive impact that I have the opportunity to make on the lives around me through this organization. I never truly understood the size of this impact until after helping mentor young public speaking students in my local chapter. After a competition this fall, a young girl gave me the biggest hug and told me, ‘Thank you for giving me the confidence and encouragement I needed to be a great public speaker.’ This is a moment I will never forget because it was the first time that the success wasn’t about myself. It was about helping someone else find their own potential for greatness,” said Baughman.
After high school, Baughman plans to attend Oklahoma State University and major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
“I have been accepted into the Freshmen In Transition Program through the Ferguson College of Agriculture and the President’s Leadership Council. My ultimate life goal is to become a Neurosurgeon who focuses on Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion Research at the Mayo Clinic. Also, I plan to continue to grow my breeding business and continue to raise competitive show sheep for Oklahoma Youth for many years to come,” said Baughman.