Elea VanWeerdhuizen is an advocate for all things country and the kind of girl that fits perfectly in many country songs. With her quick smile, huge heart for animals, independent nature, dedication to family, small town life, appreciation for the simple things, and plenty dreams for the future - it just makes sense.

Elea and her family raise about 60 cattle on a 60 acre farm in Everson, WA, USA. Currently a senior at Lynden Christian High School she is the President of Lynden Christian Future Farmers of America (FFA).

Ever since she was little, Elea has loved animals. From the tiny little kittens born in the haystack, to the big bulls that she had too much trust in, Elea is known for her special bond with all kinds of animals. At an early age she learned from her dad the hard work that is required for a life in ag. Despite the sorrows that can come hand in hand with the lifestyle, all it takes is helping another calf into the world and she is reminded, “This is the good life. The joys of agricultural living.”

During her time with FFA, Elea has competed nationally in Milk Quality and Products, and placed 9th individually. This year, she will be attending the National FFA Convention to compete in Farm Business Management. In her spare time, she shows market hogs and market steers at Jr. Stock Shows around her area. Recently she took Overall Swine Fitting and Showing Grand Champion at the Northwest Washington Fair.

Through competitions in FFA she learned to share her passion of Agriculture with others around her. Whether it is throwing out a quick fact, sharing an article online or giving a presentation, Elea loves to learn, teach and share her passion others about agriculture. With this in mind, she is excited to attend Washington State University (Go Cougs!) next year to become an Agriculture Educator. She can’t wait to help high school students find their passion for agriculture like she found hers.

Elea, thank you for your leadership and advocacy within the ag industry at such a young age. We can’t wait to see where your country road takes you next, and the positive impact you will make for agriculture in your communities along the way!