Jessica (Quinn) Hanslik
JESSICA (QUINN) HANSLIK
Tomball High School, 2004
Ranching / Agriculture
When you Google Jessica Hanslik’s name, a family portrait and the words: “Outstanding Young Farmer and Rancher” appear.
For the Hanslik family, it’s who they are and for Jessica herself, it has become a way of life and it all started back when she called Tomball home.
On their farm and ranch in Hallettsville, Jessica and husband Matt grow corn and hay, raise cattle and are part owners of an all-natural fertilizer company, where they upcycle chicken litter for its use as a farm fertilizer.
For Jessica, her work doesn’t stop on her farm and ranch as she also serves as the Director of Western Sales and National Accounts at a national shell egg company.
For their farming and ranching success, the Hanslik’s were named the winner of the Texas Farm Bureau’s (TFB) 2020 Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher competition during the organization’s 87th Annual Meeting.
But the path to where they are today involved deeply pursuing a passion and a lot of hard work.
Jessica, a 2004 Tomball High School graduate, attended Decker Prairie Elementary, Beckendorf Intermediate, Tomball Junior High and THS. While her family didn’t have a big agricultural background, Jessica made the most of her extracurricular experience while in Tomball, participating in FFA, Student Council and playing on the 2004 state runner-up softball team.
“I got involved with FFA because raising an animal for show sounded like something fun to do,” she said. “Little did I know it would be so much more and make such a huge impact on my life.”
As her passion for FFA grew, Jessica credits her THS teachers, Jessica (Bogart) Reeves, Roy Blum and Sommer Thomas, for running an outstanding program that she was lucky enough to be a part of during her time at THS.
“They were genuinely passionate about agriculture and educating students on where their food came from, opportunities in the agriculture industry and teaching life skills that we would use for the rest of our lives,” she said.
Participating in FFA allowed Jessica to take part in road trips and create memories that she still recalls today.
“Show season was definitely a favorite memory and something I looked forward to every year. I loved getting my animals and seeing my hard work pay off at the livestock show.”
Jessica spent her four years in high school showing poultry and with the advice from a teacher, she went on to pursue a degree in Poultry Science at Texas A&M University and later pursue her MBA from West Texas A&M.
“Here I am now, still working in the egg industry after 14 years as well as continuing to share my passion for poultry wherever I can, whether it be helping kids with their poultry project, culling birds, or even judging poultry livestock shows,” Jessica said.
Both Jessica and Matt give back to their community and are heavily involved in the Farm Bureau at the county and state levels. Matt serves as the Lavaca County Farm Bureau’s committee chair for Youth and Young Farmer & Rancher Activities, while Jessica is on the Lavaca County Farm Bureau Board of Directors.
While Jessica’s current life is centered around farming and ranching, raising two kids, giving back and winning state-level awards, she does take time to reflect on where it all began and where she was raised.
“I always remember Tomball as more of a small town with a lot of pride. I try to come back every now and then to visit family and friends.”
And now, in 2021, Jessica continues to uphold the values she learned and gained as a young, aspiring farmer from Tomball.
“Living on a farm is a lot of work but very rewarding when you get to see all your hard work come to fruition whether it be selling calves, harvesting corn or making hay. We are blessed to raise our kids on a farm and instill in them a work ethic that will last a lifetime. For us, farming and ranching is our livelihood and what we love and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”