“To me the most interesting aspect about agriculture is that although there is a lot of preparation, planning, and hard work to make a crop, harvesting the product that you produce and sell is the ultimate reward. You truly feel like you have accomplished a lot when the day is over. It’s exciting and fun, because I love to work outdoors and enjoy plants and animals. Each day is a new challenge.”

Age: 18

School: Ascension Catholic Diocesan Regional High School, senior

Parents: Keith and Tammy Matirne

FAVORITES: Duck hunting and shooting skeet

Book: “Water Dog: Revolutionary Rapid Training Method” by Richard A. Wolters

TV show: “Duck Dynasty”

Movie: “The Blind Side”

Music: Country

Hangout: “Friends’ houses”

Role model: “My paw”

Extra: Mason Matirne plays football, is involved in 4-H and is an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Donaldsonville. He is one of 13 students in the 2012-2013 class of the Louisiana Young Ag Producers. That one-year, intensive classroom and hands-on, mentor-based experience introduces high school juniors and seniors to the options available to them in the areas of food and fiber production and encourages them to enter an agriculture career.

William Taylor

Assistant People editor