Q: What years did you serve as the Colorado FFA State President?
A: I was the state president from 1968 through 1969.

Q: Where did you attend school and which FFA Chapter was you a member of?
A: Crowley County in Ordway.

Q: Who was your advisor back then?
A: I started with a man by the name of Merle Stevens and, by the time I got out of school, Darrell Jones was my ag teacher.

Q: What was the driving force in making you want to run for state office?
A: It started when I was a freshman in high school. The chapter had the state president come and give a speech at the banquet - it was a man by the name of Jim Knight from Woodrow - and the next morning in ag class the advisor, Merle Stevens, asked me what I thought. I can't remember how I answered him, but he said: "You could do that, too." So, that was my goal from then on.

Q: What were your duties as a state officer back then, and how were you involved in everything that went on across the state?
A: Well, the first thing I am going to say is what I got to experience and learn was worth more than a year of college.
I guess the two most important things we did as an officer team is we tried to visit and spend one day with every chapter in the state. That was a chance to visit with some of the younger members and try to encourage them.
In addition to that, we spent National FFA Week in one of the districts in the state, as an officer team, and we tried to visit every chapter in that district; it changed districts every year. There were a lot of other things like leadership conferences, speaking at banquets, and all that stuff.

Q: During your high school years in FFA, what teams and activities were you a part of?
A: In my chapter, you did something different every year. So, I was on the dairy judging team, the crop judging team, the livestock judging team and the soils team.

Q: What have you went on to do in your adult profession that your FFA experiences have helped you with?
A: I've been asked this question several times: "What class did you take in high school that helped you the most in college?" and my answer is always agriculture.
FFA opens your eyes to new ways, new ideas, but, more important than that, it teaches you that you have to keep learning your entire life.

Q: So, you own and operate Reid Cattle Company. Aside from that, what other ag and rural organizations are you a part of?
A: I have been actively involved in agriculture water rights for most of 40 years, primarily involved with the wells and well augmentation and those kinds of things. I currently serve as president of the Horse Creek Water Users Association. I'm also actively involved in the Colorado Independent Cattle Growers, where I served on the board and as president.

Q: What is your advice to this generation of FFA members, and kids who are thinking about running for a state office?
A: The most important thing is to set your goals high and then work towards them. The opportunities presented to any student in the vocation of agriculture and the FFA are unlimited at this point, and the skills learned through FFA will help any kid no matter what profession they decide to enter.