Miss Agriculture USA Queens are so diverse but what binds them all together is their passion for agriculture. Get to know our 2020 Massachusetts Teen Miss Agriculture USA and 2021 Massachusetts Miss Agriculture USA, Clayre Ames!
Name: Clayre Ames
Hometown: Orange, Massachusetts
What are your agricultural interests?
“I live and work on my family's beef farm Twin Brook Farm in Orange, MA. We raise and breed Simmental, SimAngus, Angus, and Hereford cattle.
I also work 5 days a week feeding calves on the dairy farm Luther Belden Inc. in Hatfield, MA. Along with those I also ride and show horses, show meat rabbits, and judge and show dairy cattle in FFA and 4-H.”
What agriculture organizations or activities are you a part of?
“I am the Happy Helping Hands 4-H club President, an active member of the Smith FFA Chapter, and a member of the North Orange Grange #89.”
What are some of your other activities outside of agriculture?
“I enjoy singing and go karting with my family!”
What successes are you most proud of?
“Some of the awards I am most proud of is winning 3rd place in the state for FFA Dairy Showmanship and 2nd Overall in the state for Dairy Evaluation. At the Jersey Fresh Jackpot beef show I won Reserve Champion in my division for showmanship and 6th overall showman.”
What or who first got you interested in agriculture?
“My parents. I grew up showing horses and having only a few cows but at the age of 14 I started showing Scottish Highlands and Charolais.”
Why did you decide to become a Miss Agriculture USA Queen?
“I wanted to go out of my comfort zone. I am not one for wearing dresses and doing my hair but I wanted to try this out and through becoming a queen I was able to meet some amazing people and found out it is so much more than dresses and fancy hair.”
What has been your favorite experience as a Miss Agriculture USA Queen?
“My favorite experience has been going to the Spencer Fair and meeting all of the wonderful people. I met a young girl who would just sit there and cuddle with my Ayrshire heifer.”
What are some of your goals as a Miss Agriculture USA Queen?
“As a Miss Agriculture USA Queen, I hope to teach others about the positives of agriculture and change my communities for the better!”
What advice would you give to someone thinking about being a Miss Agriculture USA Queen?
“Do it. The Miss Agriculture USA Queen family is very welcoming and there is so much more to it than a pretty crown. You can learn about leadership, community service, and friendship.”