Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association

Wool Ambassador Jessica Rugar

My name is Jessica Rugar, I am the 2015-2016 sheep and wool Ambassador. I am 16 years old and will be starting my junior year at Millbrook High School in the fall.  I started out raising Cheviot sheep, but as I grew taller, I soon discovered that I needed a larger breed.  It was suggested to me that I speak to Mary Stephens about sponsoring me.  Mrs. Stephens has been a mentor for me ever since.  I have learned almost all that I know from her, and will continue to learn as much as I can.  This past year, I focused a lot of time on making hats for premature babies at Vassar Hospital.  I have also made Cancer care packages in memory of my friend and fellow shepherd Sue Stewart.  Sue, not only encouraged me to apply to be the Sheep and Wool ambassador, but she also was a great friend and very supportive to anyone who needed help.  I also participated in the Ag literacy week this year.  Although this year wasn’t geared towards sheep, I wanted to use the opportunity to help teach the kids of the impact that agriculture has on their lives.  I am planning on continuing and participating in all the activities throughout the remainder of this year and in the years to come.  This summer, I will also be attending the Ag Discovery Program at Lincoln University in Missouri.  This program will be focusing mainly on Farm to Table Agriculture, which is what I planning to do when I am older.  







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