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‘A princess in the valley’

Loganton girl crowned 2020 Little Miss Agriculture USA

PHOTOS PROVIDED Above, Rylee Jo Shady, 2020 Little Miss Agriculture USA, poses on a tractor at her family’s farm. Below, she smiles after being crowned.

LOGANTON — Rylee Jo Shady of Loganton, was recently crowned the 2020 National Little Miss Agriculture USA at the National competition in Ohio. Rylee is the 7-year-old daughter of Seth Shady of Loganton and Greg Stahl and Justine Shady, also of Loganton. She will be attending second grade at Sugar Valley Rural Charter School in the fall.

Rylee has big plans when she gets older and has dreams of becoming a veterinarian and cowgirl. She is passionate about agriculture and is just as comfortable in mud and muck boots as she is in glitter and frills. In fact, her favorite outfit to wear to the barn is a dress and muck boots or rain boots!

Rylee enjoys sharing her love of agriculture with her community and classmates, and especially loves teaching them about her animals. Rylee and her family raise cows, pigs, goats and sheep and she recently got her very own horse.

Rylee is very active and enjoys trying new things. When she is not with her animals, you may find her wrestling, playing softball and playing soccer. She also loves riding her horse, playing piano, swimming and doing gymnastics.

Like most little girls, Rylee had dreams of becoming a princess. Instead, she surpassed that dream and became an Agriculture Queen complete with sparkly crown and sash. However, her title is much more than that. Rylee will be an advocate for agriculture, and loves to answer questions about her passion. When asked to share her favorite thing about being crowned a National Miss Agriculture USA queen, she stated, “I loved getting to meet new friends from all over the country and tell them about my animals and where my food comes from!”

Rylee Jo Shady

Rylee loves many foods, and some of her favorites include strawberries, cheeseburgers, chocolate, pizza and ice cream! She can proudly tell you where each food comes from and states, “Do you like to eat? I like to eat! Without agriculture we couldn’t eat!”

Next time you have a meal or a snack, be sure to think of the farmer who helped get that food to your table.

As the 2020 National Little Miss Agriculture USA, Rylee has a goal of connecting with as many people as possible! Agriculture is all around us from our food to the clothes we wear and even things you might not think about. Every business, activity and event has some connection to agriculture.

Rylee would love to visit your business or event and share her love of agriculture with you! She is also excited to learn new things on this journey. If you are willing to have Rylee visit your business, make an appearance at an event, or chat on the phone or via Zoom, please send an email to info@missagricultureusa.org.

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