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
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
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.