JACOB PAUL ZAUNBRECHER - JUNIOR FARMER OF THE YEAR


Jacob Paul Zaunbrecher is the 17 year old son of Wendell and Laurie Broussard Zaunbrecher of Crowley. He has two brothers: Bryce, 23 and Ethan, 14 and one sister: Sadie, 16. He is the grandson of Robert P. Broussard and the late Brenda B. Broussard of Gueydan; and Leonard "Doc" Zaunbrecher and Charlotte Sittig Zaunbrecher of Crowley. Jacob and his family live on the family farm in Crowley. The farm consists of 2,600 acres of rice, soybeans and crawfish.

Jacob is a senior at Iota High School and will graduate in May, 2017. After graduation, Jacob plans on going to college to further his education in Agri-Business, before returning full-time to the family farm. He has been a member of the Iota High FFA Chapter for two years. Jacob has been an active member of his 4-H clubs for nine years and a dedicated Acadia Parish 4-H Junior Leader for five years. Jacob has been a participating member of the Iota High football team for the last two years, the pole-vaulter for the Iota High track team for three years and a lifter on the Iota High powerlifting team for four years. Jacob and the Iota High powerlifting team won the National Championship in April 2016. He has been an honor student for four years at Iota High School, along with a member of the National Beta Club and the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).
Jacob is a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Mowata.

Growing up on the family farm has helped Jacob to learn the duties and responsibilities of a farmer from an early age. At the age of 9, Jacob began operating the tractors and plowing the fields. By the age of 10, he had moved on to operating the grain cart during harvest season, which he sometimes still does, when he isn't driving the trucks to the grain bins.

Some of Jacob's many responsibilities include checking water, opening and closing pipes, spraying levees, plowing, laser leveling, bush hogging, driving the grain cart and trucks, and helping maintain all equipment along with both sets of grain bins.

Jacob's hobbies include spending time with his family and friends, hunting, fishing and riding 4-wheelers.

Jacobís agricultural roots and dedication to farming are evident in his passion for the industry. Jacob is a fifth-generation rice farmer on their family farm.

Jacob was chosen by the USDA Farm Service Agency from a group of young deserving men nominated by FFA/Ag Teachers of Acadia Parish Schools.