Erin Canfield is school's incoming FFA president

July 03, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

BOONSBORO - She's young, she's enthusiastic and she's been raising animals since she was 8.

At 16, Erin Canfield is the incoming president of the Boonsboro High School Future Farmers of America.

A Boonsboro High classmate, Megan Thompson, recently was elected vice president of the Maryland State FFA.

Before school starts and Erin enters the junior class, she will have a busy summer fulfilling her duties as Washington County Dairy Princess.

"I promote the dairy industry and dairy products in Washington County and around the state," Erin said.

On July 18-19, she and four other young women will compete in Frederick , Md., for the title of Maryland Dairy Princess.

A member of the 4-H Swine Club, Erin raises sheep and beef as well as dairy steers. "I really look forward to Ag Expo every year," she said.


Erin said that being a member of FFA is special.

"If you are into agriculture-related things, you always have someone with whom you have something in common," she said.

Boonsboro FFA advisers are Steve Garland and Mark Heavner, both agriculture teachers at Boonsboro High.

"This year I will be studying landscaping," Erin said.

Previously she has taken ag sciences, horticulture, foresty and soil.

"I want to be a large-animal veterinarian, mainly sheep and cattle," Erin said.

To that goal, she plans to attend either Penn State or Virginia Tech, which is aligned with the University of Maryland as far as tuition costs are concerned.

Erin's "business" is raising replacement dairy heifers, which means she doesn't milk them, she breeds them for sale to dairy farmers who will milk them when they are grown.

She currently has six dairy heifers that will sell for between $1,000 and $1,500 when they are with calf. The calves are bottle fed twice a day.

She also raises, shows and sells registered Angus beef cattle.

"It's show money and it's fun too," Erin said of showing her animals near and far.

The proceeds from her sales are socked away in the college fund, Erin said.

Erin is the daughter of Richard and Melody Canfield. The family lives on a small farm.

"I didn't grow up on a farm, I grew up in a grocery store," said Melody Canfield.

Until recently, her parents owned the Battleview Market in Sharpsburg.

Erin's father and grandfather, Melvin Draper, were both involved in FFA.

Erin's older sister, Hannah, 21, raises sheep.

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