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Almond Journey
Episode 29: California FFA Importance and Support with Daniel Bays, Katie Otto

Almond Journey

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 26:44


Daniel Bays is a sixth-generation California farmer who also happens to be a former California State FFA Officer. In today's episode, Bays shares about his farming operation, how the FFA has impacted his career and life, and why decades after wearing the blue jacket himself, he's still passionately supporting the organization. We'll also hear from Katie Otto of the California FFA Foundation and Rebecca Bailey at the Almond Board of California (ABC) about how the almond industry is supporting tomorrow's leaders. “The regulations that we deal with on a daily basis, that voting base needs to have an appreciation and understanding for what it takes to get food on the table. I think programs like FFA are one of our best opportunities to help with that educational process.” - Daniel Bays Bays is one of many in the almond industry whose lives have been positively impacted by the California FFA Association. Once known as the Future Farmers of America, the youth leadership organization is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of high school students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Through ABC and the Almond Leadership Program, the almond industry is the largest source of annual donations to California FFA academic scholarships. In Today's episode: Meet Daniel Bays, sixth generation farmer from Patterson, California. Explore Daniel's journey from growing up on a farm to running an operation Discover the value participating in the FFA provided him, both expected and unexpected Celebrate the support the almond industry is able to provide to the California FFA Foundation To donate an item for the silent auction at The Almond Conference 2022 (TAC) that supports the FFA, fill out the form here. The Almond Journey Podcast is brought to you by the Almond Board of California. This show explores how growers, handlers, and other stakeholders are making things work in their operations to drive the almond industry forward. Host Tim Hammerich visits with leaders throughout the Central Valley of California and beyond who are finding innovative ways to improve their operations, connect with their communities, and advance the almond industry. ABC recognizes the diverse makeup of the California almond industry and values contributions offered by its growers, handlers, and allied industry members. However, the opinions, services and products discussed in existing and future podcast episodes are by no means an endorsement or recommendation from ABC. The Almond Journey podcast is not an appropriate venue to express opinions on national, state, local or industry politics. As a Federal Marketing Order, the Almond Board of California is prohibited from lobbying or advocating on legislative issues, as well as setting field and market prices.

Chicken Whisperer
All About Tucker Milling Feed

Chicken Whisperer

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 77:00


Episode 1225: Today, Dr. Curran Gehring, Ph.D., will tell us all about Tucker Milling Feed. Backyard Poultry with the Chicken Whisperer®, brought to you by Tucker Milling, LLC is a nationally broadcast web radio show all about keeping backyard poultry, show poultry, and living a self-sufficient lifestyle. Each week, the Chicken Whisperer®, Editor In Chief of, Chicken Whisperer Magazine, Author of five published chicken books including, The Chicken Whisperer's Guide To Keeping Chickens, and National Spokesperson for the USDA-APHIS Biosecurity for Birds Program (2009 - 2019), welcomes experts in their field from around the country to share their knowledge about backyard poultry, show poultry, and living a self-sufficient lifestyle. Regular guests include; poultry scientist Dr. Brigid McCrea, Ph.D., poultry veterinarian Dr. Maurice Pitesky, DVM, MPVM, Dipl ACVPM, poultry nutritionist Dr. Curran Gehring, Ph.D., and Peter Brown, aka The Chicken Doctor, owner of First State Vet Supply. Other guests include, but are not limited to, FFA members, 4-H members, poultry club members, and the who's who in the backyard poultry, show poultry, and self-sufficient lifestyle industries. Tune in to learn more about your backyard chickens from the experts!

Ask Mike
Staying in North Carolina with Southern Alamance High School

Ask Mike

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 39:00


This week, Mike Taylor is in a different part of North Carolina as he continues his interviews from all over the country. In this episode, Mike speaks to Adviser Lynn Bare and the staff of the Southern Alamance High School yearbook. The Southerner's Editor-in-Chief Noel, Assistant Editor Kinley, Sports Editor Lexie, Business Manager Emma, and staffers Xander, Abigail,  Maddie, Giselle, Adriana and Lexie chat with Mike about all kinds of things. They share how they try to bring as much of their school culture and “what makes us us” into the book every year, like coverage of the strong FFA program at their school. They discuss challenges they've faced in recent years. Their business manager discusses selling books, senior tributes and business ads, connecting with the community, and dealing with the occasional difficult customer. And they share their favorite teambuilding activities – and one involves marshmallows and spaghetti. 

The Whiskey Chasers
Still Austin Cask Strength Bourbon!

The Whiskey Chasers

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 40:31


On today's episode we have a glass of Still austin Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey! We talk about a common topic for us, CORN! As well as the Elevage process, and FFA and the cattle business.  All that and more on today's episode of Whiskey Chasers! Be sure to Like us on Facebook and follow us on instagram, as well as rate and review the show wherever you are listening, it really helps us out.Our Website is www.whiskeychaserspod.com, check us out! Thanks, and enjoy the show!Be sure to show some love for the company that brought you today's bottle!https://stillaustin.com History: -Founded in 2015 by three Austin families, Still Austin Whiskey Co. is a true grain-to-glass distillery, located in the heart of Austin, Texas. -All spirits are handcrafted using grains grown by Texas farmers. -Still Austin places a high value on sustainability, with a focus on cutting carbon emissions through local sourcing, increasing the biodiversity of the region through heritage grains, returning spent grains to local ranchers to feed their animals, and operating a distillery that is designed for energy efficiency and water conservation.-Still Austin Whiskey Co. performs a very unique process during the aging of its bourbon. Referred to as “Élevage”, a small amount of water is added during each month of aging to gradually proof down the bourbon and accentuate its interaction with the wood.Bottle:-In 2021 they decided to release their cask strength bourbon. This bottling does not use the same unique process to proof it down. -Mashbill: 70% Non-GMO White Corn, 25% Elbon Rye and 5% Wildfire Malted Barley-It would seem that most distilleries in Texas have started to us White corn instead of yellow dent corn. -Specialty and white corn are typically grown for specific purposes. White corn contains higher levels of starch, which make it perfect to be used in corn chips, tortillas, and other popular food products. -Texas is a large producer of dent corn and white corn.-They have two permanent bottling offerings -Cask Strength and the “Musician” -They have over 11 different special releases that they have done. 

Tennessee Home & Farm Radio
Ag Night at the Ballpark

Tennessee Home & Farm Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 2:03


Close to 100 FFA students from mid state chapters took part in Ag Night with the Nashville Sounds. The post Ag Night at the Ballpark appeared first on Tennessee Farm Bureau.

Gen X Talks!
Episode 46: "FFA and the Kern County Fair"

Gen X Talks!

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 31:33


A short episode with my sister and parents covering some of the bad stuff that goes on behind the scenes in the county fair with livestock and judges. My sister was also in FFA like me. (but she was never an officer) :) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gen-x-talks1/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/gen-x-talks1/support

Off-Farm Income
OFI 1501: How Far Can "Talking Chicken" Take You | FFA SAE Edition | Cory Yarbrough | Madison County High School FFA Copy

Off-Farm Income

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 50:25


Today's guest is the epitome of the reason that interviewing FFA students, and specifically, American Star Finalists is so rewarding.  The level of knowledge, skill and ability that these students have is always amazing.  What is even more amazing is the way in which the FFA can bring it out and help them achieve new heights of achievement.   This is definitely true for Cory Yarbrough who is an American Star Finalist in the category of Ag Placement this year.  Cory has grown up on a farm in northeast Georgia, and he is an expert in the broiler chicken industry already!  At the age of 21 Cory has immense experience in working in his families four broiler houses, doing hatchery management at the University of Georgia and even consulting for chicken producers when he did an internship in the poultry industry.  Birds are definitely the backbone of what drives Cory in agriculture.   In addition to all of his work with chickens, Cory raises cattle for his family and manages market hogs for his uncle.  There is no question why diversified livestock is the title of his placement SAE.  Cory will be graduating with a degree in poultry science this December, and then it is on to post-graduate studies to get his PhD in poultry science.  He will be focusing his career on solving problems for poultry producers, like his family, through research and education.  And, he will be the third generation of poultry science graduate from the University of Georgia in his family, and the third generation a post-graduate degree in poultry science in his family as well.   SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Diversified Livestock Production HIGH SCHOOL: Madison County High School, Danielsville, Georgia MASCOT: Red Raiders FFA ADVISOR: Katherine Bell CONTACT INFORMATION FOR CORY YARBROUGH: Click on the picture below to be taken to the Madison County High School website: Madison County High School's Telephone Number: 706-795-2197 Cory's FFA Advisors' Email Addresses: kbell@madison.k12.ga.us Support FFA Donate to FFA - One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start - pay it forward. REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA: Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and ensure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food. Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth. Farmers, ranchers, and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store: "Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive." U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack  More Places You Can Listen to Off-Farm Income And Matt Brechwald:    

Brownfield Ag News
Wisconsin - Gage Anderson

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 0:58


Gage Anderson was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for his efforts on and off the course. His favorite part about high school sports is how close knit his team is and being able to support his teammates. To Gage, agriculture is not just a job sector, it is a group of people with a drive and dedication to support our world through the production of food. These people aren't just farmers in the field, but the agronomists, researchers, veterinarians, and anyone else working to advance agriculture. Gage is involved in cross country, National Honor Society, FFA, Math Team, Trap Team, Ice Fishing Team, Link Crew, Advisory Board, and Career and Technical Education Agriculture Advisory Board, and is a New Student Ambassador. Gage also helps with Project Backpack and Hides for Heroes and Summer Trap League. After graduation, Gage plans on attending a four-year university to pursue a degree in agricultural engineering or agronomy. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Off-Farm Income
OFI 1499: Sharing The Stage With Your Biggest Influence | FFA SAE Edition | Case Edwards | Wetumpka High School FFA

Off-Farm Income

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 24:15


When Terrance Crayton of the Wetumpka FFA Chapter started the small engines team as a student at the school, he just wanted to work with engines.  I doubt he knew what that was going to lead to.  When he did that, one of the people that he encouraged to join was a sophomore named Case Edwards, who happens to be today's guest.  Case took to working with engines like a duck takes to water, and it broadened Case's FFA career and put him on an unbelievable trajectory that led him to become a chapter, district and state officer as well as a National Proficiency winner in 2021. Today, Case is back on the show because now he has been nominated as an American Star Finalist in the category of Ag Placement that is a result of the work that he has done over the years in mechanics.  The jobs that Case held during this time are a direct result of him learning about small engines, and he gives a ton of credit to Terrance for that.  As Case stated during our first interview in 2021, if you had shown him a spark plug at the beginning of his sophomore year of high school, he wouldn't have known what to do with it.  Now look at him! If that story were not enough, Terrance, wasn't just a coach.  He was also a fellow student and chapter member, and he was running his own small engine business.  He competed in the FFA as well, and unbelievably he is also nominated as an American Star Finalist this year, but in the category of Agribusiness.  I will do a separate interview with Terrance, but enough cannot be stated about the fact that Case and his classmate that inspired him to try mechanics are both nominated as American Star Finalists in the same year! SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Agricultural Placement HIGH SCHOOL: Wetumpka High School, Wetumpka, Alabama MASCOT: Indians FFA ADVISOR: William Norris CONTACT INFORMATION FOR CASE EDWARDS: Click on the picture below to be taken to the Wetumpka High School website: Case's FFA Advisors' Email Address: william.norris@elmoreco.com Wetumpka High School's Telephone Number: 334-567-1178 FFA LINKS: National FFA Organization Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE's) Support FFA  Donate to FFA - One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start - pay it forward. REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA: Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and ensure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food. Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth. Farmers, ranchers, and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store: "Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive." U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack  More Places You Can Listen to Off-Farm Income And Matt Brechwald:    

Brownfield Ag News
Minnesota - Vince Vander Kooi

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 0:58


Vince Vander Kooi was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for his efforts on and off the field. Vince's favorite thing about high school sports is the adrenaline, competitive nature, and sportsmanship of everyone involved. To Vince, agriculture is more than just a job, you have to have a true passion for it. Vince is involved in football, FFA, and 4-H, and partakes in many community service activities. After graduation, Vince would like to attend college for something ag related, then return to his family farm. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Brownfield Ag News
Wisconsin - Evan Henningfeld

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 0:59


Evan Henningfeld was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for his efforts on and off the field and court. His favorite part about high school sports is making memories with his friends and teammates. To Evan, Agriculture is a passion, lifestyle, and a community working together. Agriculture has taught him the value of hard work and dedication and has helped Evan become a better leader. Evan is involved in football, basketball, baseball, FFA, FBLA, 4-H, and helps at his local church. After graduation, Evan would like attend college in Wisconsin to study pediatric medicine or a related field. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Brownfield Ag News
Ohio - Allison Michaels

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 0:58


Allison Michaels was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for her efforts on and off the green. Her favorite part about high school golf is getting the opportunity to play various courses that she would not otherwise be able to play. She also enjoys meeting people from other schools and has met some of her best friends through sports. Agriculture means a lot to Allison as she has grown up farming which has helped her build a deeper bond with her family. She also has learned responsibility and planning as she currently rents her own land and hopes to purchase more in the future. Allison is involved in golf, FFA, National Honor Society, 4-H, and yearbook committee. After graduation, Allison plans to attend Wilmington College to major in agricultural education with hopes of becoming a high school agricultural science teacher and a future FFA advisor. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Brownfield Ag News
Minnesota - Jake Jackson

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 0:58


Jake Jackson was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for her efforts on and off the field and court. Jake's favorite thing about high school sports is the connections he's made with his teammates and the memories that will last a lifetime. Agriculture means a lot to Jake as he grows up on a family farm where he gets to work with family members. Jake is involved in football, basketball, baseball, FFA, Cottonwood County Beef Ambassadors, and Germantown Live Wires 4-H Club. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Brownfield Ag News
Iowa - Austin Evans

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 0:59


Austin Evans was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for his efforts on and off the field and mat. His favorite thing about high school sports is being part of a team that works together to build each other up and achieve goals. Growing up on a farm has given Austin the chance to experience all aspects of farming and see that hard work required in agriculture. It has also helped him learn responsibility and how to work for what you want. Austin is involved in football, wrestling, track, salts, FFA, 4-H, and Holy Spirit Parish youth group. After graduation, Austin plans to attend Iowa State to study agriculture. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Brownfield Ag News
Iowa - Collin Batterson

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 0:58


Collin Batterson was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for his efforts on and off the field. His favorite thing about high school sports is being able to play ball with his friends in front of his family and community. To Collin, agriculture teaches life lessons and the value of hard work and perseverance, while also providing the opportunity for him to spend time with his family. Collin is involved in football, track, FFA, and 4-H. After graduation, Collin plans to pursue a degree in ag business. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Brownfield Ag News
Iowa- Kaleb McCullough

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 0:58


Kaleb McCullough was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for his efforts on and off the field, court, and track. Kaleb's favorite thing about high school sports is the relationships he has built with his teammates. Agriculture has played a huge role in Kaleb's life and he's very passionate about it and looks forward to pursuing a career in it. Kaleb is involved in football, basketball, track, FFA, building trades, his church group Faith Formation, and he volunteers with youth rec sports and decorating the courthouse and VFW for holidays. After graduation, Kaleb would like to play football in college and study ag business. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Off-Farm Income
OFI 1495: Solving Societal Needs Through Agriscience Research | FFA SAE Edition | Marin Lonnee | Oconee County High School FFA

Off-Farm Income

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 39:31


In the 1980's the "Future Farmers Of America" changed their name to simply the "FFA" because they knew that they were helping to create opportunities for students, inside and outside of agriculture, that went beyond traditional farming.  What a move by this organization!  Looking at the results they are getting in 2022 with their top achieving students, you can see just how much further the influence of the FFA has been able to spread since making that move. Today's guest, Marin Lonnee, is a perfect example of the results of this decision.  Marin was introduced to the FFA through a middle school agriculture class when she was in the 6th Grade.  That class exposed her, not only to the FFA, but to agriculture, research and her own, innate talents.  The spark that lit the fire with that first class has resulted in years of research by Marin.   Marin's research has not always been solely focused on projects that fit within the parameters of the FFA, but most of the time it has been.  Regardless of where it fit, her research has always included a social component with a practical impact on people and the betterment of their lives.   Today, Marin is an American Star Finalist in the category of Agriscience Research.  In speaking with her about what she has done, the reasons she has chosen her research project and her vision for their applications it is no mystery at all why she has been nominated for this prestigious award! SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Agriscience Research HIGH SCHOOL: Oconee County High School; Watkinsville, Georgia MASCOT: Warriors FFA ADVISOR: Chelsea Bengaud CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MARIN LONNEE: Click on the picture below to be taken to the Oconee County High School Website: Marin's FFA Advisor's Email Address: cbegnaud@oconeeschools.org Oconee County High School Telephone Number: 706.769.6655 FFA LINKS: National FFA Organization Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE's) Support FFA  Donate to FFA - One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start - pay it forward. REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA: Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food. Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth. Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store: “The future of American agriculture depends on the involvement and investment in America's youth, In order to prepare for the population of tomorrow, we need to encourage America's youth today, and show that careers in agriculture are profitable, rewarding, and vital.”.U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue More Places You Can Listen to Off-Farm Income And Matt Brechwald:  

Brownfield Ag News
Wisconsin - Madisyn Henderson

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 0:58


Madisyn Henderson was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for her efforts on and off the court. Her favorite part about high school sports is being able to represent her school and share her passion and love for the game with her teammates. Agriculture is important to Madisyn because she feels it is central to everyone's lives. She has found many opportunities in agriculture to gain knowledge and leadership and communication skills. Madisyn is involved in volleyball, National Honor Society, Key Club, Student Athlete Leadership Team, FFA, 4-H, and link crew, and many community activities. She also started an Agriculture Literacy Program at her local grade schools. After graduation, Madisyn plans on attending Iowa State University for a degree in agricultural business or agricultural communications and education. She would love to share her passion for agriculture with others. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Brownfield Ag News
Iowa - Will Vlasek

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 0:58


Will Vlasek was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for his efforts on and off the field. His favorite thing about high school sports is the camaraderie and the trust and dependence of teammates that is required. Will has found agriculture to play a huge part in his life. Thanks to agricultural activities, he has developed leadership and speaking skills, made connections with like-minded individuals, and found a way to advocate for growers and the agriculture industry. Will is involved in football, FFA, student council, National Honor Society, 4H, Cedar Rapids Leadership for Five Seasons, and National Council on Youth Leadership, and volunteers for local community events and charities. After graduation, Will plans to study ag engineering at Iowa State and hopes to grow his sales skills. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Brownfield Ag News
Iowa - Oliver Louden

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 0:58


Oliver Louden was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for his efforts on and off the field. His favorite thing about high school sports is being able to play ball with his friends and have fun. To Oliver, agriculture is a way to help people. He has grown up in a family that has farmed for generations and loved every day of helping out. Oliver is involved in football, wrestling, track, and FFA, and helps out with church and other community activities. After graduation, Oliver plans to attend Iowa State for a degree in agriculture and then hopefully take over the family farm. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Brownfield Ag News
Indiana - Kennedy Wagaman

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 0:58


Kennedy Wagaman was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for her efforts on and off the court. Her favorite thing about high school sports is the girt, hard work, passion, and fight that is required every day. She also loves the support from the community and the rivalry between schools. Agriculture has been a huge part of Kennedy's life, teaching her so many life skills and providing many opportunities. Kennedy is involved in volleyball, track and field, FFA, Beta, 4-H, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). After graduation, Kennedy plans to play college volleyball and pursue a degree in either criminology, forensics, psychology, or sports psychology. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Brownfield Ag News
Minnesota - Jocelyn Mann

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 0:58


Jocelyn Mann was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for her efforts on and off the field/court. Jocelyn's favorite thing about high school sports are the bonds she has created with her teammates and coaches. To Jocelyn, agriculture is everything we could need, meaning without agriculture, we wouldn't have food or clothes and she wouldn't be living the life she has if she didn't have agriculture. Jocelyn is involved in basketball, soccer, FFA, Black Student Union, and Student Council, and is working to create a peer tutoring program. She is also involved with community ethic steering program and works to build and maintain the school garden and gardens around the twin cities. After graduation, Jocelyn plans to become an architect with emphasis in interior and landscape design. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Brownfield Ag News
Minnesota - Beth Holst

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 0:58


Beth Holst was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for her efforts on and off the court. Beth's favorite thing about high school sports is being able to connect with players of all ages. To Beth, agriculture means the future, we will always need it. The greatest thing about agriculture is that it's for anyone, it doesn't matter your background. Beth is involved in volleyball, FFA, and 4-H, and is a religion teacher at her church. After graduation, Beth wants to get a degree in criminal justice and use it serving her community. While that wouldn't pertain to agriculture, she still wants to own cattle and help on her family's farm. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Brownfield Ag News
Ohio - Katie Woodruff

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 0:58


Katie Woodruff was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for her efforts on and off the court. Her favorite part about high school sports is competing with friends and being a leader for her team. To Katie, agriculture is a way of life that she has grown to love. She has found her passion in her livestock projects and learned the importance of taking care of your animals and providing food for the community. Katie is involved in basketball, cross country, track and field, FFA, student council, TLC, yearbook club, 4-H, and National Honor Society, and serves as a lector at her local church. After graduation, Katie plans to pursue an agriculture degree related to animal science. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Brownfield Ag News
Wisconsin - Kyle Markley

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 0:58


Kyle Markley was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for his efforts on and off the field. His favorite part about high school sports is getting to play ball in front of the whole town. Agriculture is Kyle's passion and the only way he wants to live. He loves operating equipment, working cattle, and doing all the other jobs around the farm. Kyle is involved in football and FFA. He loves showing cattle and teaching others about agriculture. After graduation, Kyle would like to get his CDL and purchase a dairy farm or ranch in the future. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Off-Farm Income
OFI 1493: An Auctioneering Champion And American Star Finalist | FFA SAE Edition | Cotton Booker | Colfax High School FFA Copy

Off-Farm Income

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 28:43


I am always thrilled when a previous guest returns to the show as an American Star Finalist.  It is a thrill to know that these students went on to carry their talents to that level.  That is the case with today's returning guest, Cotton Booker. Cotton first appeared on this show in episode #671.  Back then he had just become the National Junior Auctioneering Champion, and he was representing the FFA while doing that.  Cotton has his own auctioneering business and has continued to master his craft.  Obviously, his success has been recognized as he is now one of four finalists for the American Star Award in Agribusiness. Cotton is now in his junior year of college at Oklahoma State University, and he is studying ag business as well as pre-law.  He hasn't quite decided to whether or not law school is in his future just yet, but he sees a lot of application for a law degree in his families business.  Already an expert in the business of auctioneering, Cotton has a reverence for his profession that we should all envy.  There is no doubt in my mind that is has been my privilege to interview him these two times and that on both occasions I have been speaking with the future leader of this industry. SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Auctioneering HIGH SCHOOL: Colfax High School; Colfax, Washington MASCOT: Bulldogs FFA ADVISOR: Michael Heitstuman CONTACT INFORMATION FOR COTTON BOOKER: Click on the picture below to be taken to the Colfax High School website: Cotton's FFA Advisors' Email Addresses: MICHAEL.HEITSTUMAN@csd300.com Colfax High School's Telephone Number: (509) 397-4368 FFA LINKS: National FFA Organization Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE's) Support FFA  Donate to FFA - One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start - pay it forward. REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA: Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food. Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth. Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store: “The future of American agriculture depends on the involvement and investment in America's youth, In order to prepare for the population of tomorrow, we need to encourage America's youth today, and show that careers in agriculture are profitable, rewarding, and vital.”. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue More Places You Can Listen to Off-Farm Income And Matt Brechwald:    

The Big Show
The Tri-State Dairy Expo returns to NEICA

The Big Show

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 25:19


With over 400 FFA students attending from three states and some driving over two hours for a day at the world class Dairy facilities at Northeast Iowa Community College's Calmar Campus where they get to see the Lely robotic milking system at work, participate in some judging competitions and see what all a career in the dairy industry has to offer. PLUS Spencer Chase provides his Word from Washington AND IBIC's Casey Anderson fills us in on the latest in the beef world.

Off-Farm Income
OFI 1489: Over 100,000 Weaned Pigs Per Year And An American Star Nomination | FFA SAE Edition | Jacob Wuebker | Versailles High School FFA

Off-Farm Income

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 30:49


The complexity and diversity of a large scale production agriculture farm is always mind blowing to me.  I can get stuck trying to understand just one aspect of a farm at that scale, let alone see how it all works together.  Fortunately for today's guest, Jacob Wuebker, he does not have that problem.  And, his mastery of the processes of his families farm and his ability to document all of it through his supervised agricultural experience has led him to be nominated as an American Star Finalist in Ag Placement this year. Jacob starts his day at 6am, going straight to one of his families pig barns where they farrow out over 100,000 pigs each year.  For the next three to four hours he has various responsibilities in the barn before heading outside.  At that point it it time to grind grain, and he grinds a lot!  Feeding all the pigs on the farm demands a lot of grain, and this is not even counting the dairy steers they raise up from approximately 250 lbs to finished weight on their homegrown feed. If there is time left after the grinding, Jacob can find himself pulling out over 2 miles of hose to spread manure on their crop fields, spreading straw in the cattle pens for bedding or working the ground in a tractor.  Jacob's future is in this farm, and that is what motivated him to take several dual credit classes during high school and have already graduated college in December of 2021!  It probably has not hurt that his mother is also his FFA Advisor and has been there to guide him through the dual credit process as well as his record book. Jacob is doing what he loves, and it shows in how he is being recognized as an American Star Finalist! SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Ag Placement HIGH SCHOOL: Versailles High School; Versailles, Ohio MASCOT: Tigers FFA ADVISOR: Dena Wuebker CONTACT INFORMATION FOR JACOB WUEBKER: Click on the picture below to be taken to the Versailles High School Website: Jacob's FFA Advisor's Email Address: dena.wuebker@vtigers.org Versailles High School Telephone Number: 937-526-4773 FFA LINKS: National FFA Organization Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE's) Support FFA  Donate to FFA - One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start - pay it forward. REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA: Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food. Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth. Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store: “The future of American agriculture depends on the involvement and investment in America's youth, In order to prepare for the population of tomorrow, we need to encourage America's youth today, and show that careers in agriculture are profitable, rewarding, and vital.”.U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue More Places You Can Listen to Off-Farm Income And Matt Brechwald:  

Brownfield Ag News
Wisconsin - Tymeka Eisberner

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 0:58


Tymeka Eisberner was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for her efforts on and off the court. Her favorite part about high school sports is the relationships she builds with others. She loves being able to have fun with her teammates while still being competitive. Tymeka is very passionate about agriculture and says if the world did not have agriculture, then there would not be any fresh food or livestock. Tymeka is involved in FBLA, FFA, Above and Beyond, golf, basketball, track, and volunteers at her community's food pantry. Once Tymeka graduates, she plans to play golf at Iowa State while enrolled in the school's veterinarian program. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Brownfield Ag News
Minnesota - William Serbus

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 0:58


William Serbus was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for his efforts on and off the field/mat. William's favorite thing about high school sports is spending time with his teammates. To William, agriculture means spending time outdoors with his family and working to help change the beef industry for the better. William is involved in football, wrestling, baseball, trapshooting, and FFA. He is also an Eagle Scout, has his black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and volunteers with the local fire department, at his church, and at other community events. After graduation, William plans to go to college for some type of irrigational plumbing so that he can use that education on their family farm. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Off-Farm Income
OFI 1487: Enjoying Tedious Processes And Reaping The Rewards | FFA SAE Edition | Ryan Hess | Stephenville High School FFA

Off-Farm Income

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 35:02


Our guest today has an amazing story of becoming involved in agriscience research, not limiting his research interests to one aspect of agriculture and of doing good in the community.  He also has an amazing story of legacy.  Ryan Hess is part of the Stephenville FFA Chapter, and as an American Star Finalist in Agriscience Research he not only is the third finalist from Texas in three years, but he is the third finalist from Stephenville High School in three years! As if his contributions and findings in research were not enough, Ryan has been very involved in both the FFA and his community.  He was pivotal in the town of Stephenville in getting funding for and installation of calisthenics equipment along their river trail.  Also, he has served in many officer roles over the years, including that of Texas State Officer. Ryan is not studying Ag Communications at Texas Tech University, along with his preceding American Star Finalists from Stephenville High School.  He hopes to continue his research in the area of social interaction and find new and better ways to share the message of agriculture with the world. SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Agriscience Research HIGH SCHOOL: Stephenville High School; Stephenville, Texas MASCOT: Honey Bees FFA ADVISOR: Ryan Best CONTACT INFORMATION FOR RYAN HESS: Click on the picture below to be taken to the Stephenville High School FFA website: Ryan's FFA Advisor's Email Address: ryan.best@sville.us Stephenville High School's Telephone Number: (254) 968-4141 FFA LINKS: National FFA Organization Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE's) Support FFA  Donate to FFA - One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start - pay it forward. REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA: Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food. Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth. Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store: “The future of American agriculture depends on the involvement and investment in America's youth, In order to prepare for the population of tomorrow, we need to encourage America's youth today, and show that careers in agriculture are profitable, rewarding, and vital.”. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue More Places You Can Listen to Off-Farm Income And Matt Brechwald:    

California Ag Today
What Ag Education Can Do

California Ag Today

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022


For many high schools in California, class is back in session. Now is a good time to talk to your kids about what their next year in FFA or 4-H is going to look like.

Brownfield Ag News
Ohio - Kelsey Snyder

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 0:58


Kelsey Snyder was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for her efforts on and off the field. Her favorite part about softball is controlling the tempo of the game as the pitcher. In soccer, she enjoys playing defense. She loves the friendships she's made and the coaches she's had while playing high school sports. Agriculture is a large part of Kelsey's life and has taught her hard work and responsibility. Kelsey plays softball and soccer, is Vice President of her FFA chapter, and actively involved in 4-H. After graduation, Kelsey wants to go to college for a degree related to agriculture and would love to judge livestock at a collegiate level and continue playing softball. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Brownfield Ag News
Wisconsin - Julie Koeppel

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 0:58


Julie Koeppel was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for her efforts on and off the court. Julie's favorite part about high school sports is being able to play on the court with her best friends. To Julie, agriculture means being able to adapt. Agriculture has many distinct aspects that are constantly changing so we must be able to adapt. Julie is involved in volleyball, basketball, softball, FBLA, POPS and serves as her chapter's FFA treasurer. After Julie graduates, she plans to go to college and major in business. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Brownfield Ag News
Minnesota - Claire Metzger

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 0:58


Claire Metzger was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for her efforts on and off the field. Claire's favorite thing about high school sports is the sense of belonging and encouragement she receives from her teammates. To Claire, agriculture means educating others on where their food comes from. Claire is involved in volleyball, FFA, Student Council, youth group, and 4-H, and she's a member of Fergus Falls Saddle Club and Minnesota High School Rodeo (MNHSRA). Claire has always loved animals and goats, so after graduation, she plans to become a large animal vet that specializes in reproductive health. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Brownfield Ag News
Indiana - Brock Robinson

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 0:58


Brock Robinson was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for his efforts on and off the field/mat. Brock's favorite thing about high school sports is the team spirit and competitiveness. To Brock, agriculture means raising and growing food to feed the world. Brock is involved in football, wrestling, track and field, FFA, 4-H, and NJHS. He also likes to help those in his community however he can. After graduation, Brock plans to become a diesel mechanic. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Brownfield Ag News
Indiana - Carol Witt

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 0:58


Carol Witt was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for her efforts on and off the course. Her favorite thing about high school sports is the connections she gets to make with her teammates and opponents. Over the years, Carol's passion for agriculture has grown. She realized there is a spot for everyone in agriculture and you can learn many life skills. Carol is actively involved in cheer and golf, FFA, 4-H, Student Council, National Honors Society, Beta Club, Key Club, and National History Honors Society. She is also highly involved in volunteer community activities. Carol is still deciding on what she would like to do after high school graduation, but she is considering a degree in agriculture communications, agriculture education, or something else. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Brownfield Ag News
Iowa - Clayton Meyermann

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 0:58


Clayton Meyermann was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for his efforts on and off the field. His favorite thing about high school sports is the bond he's made with his teammates and the mutually respect and work ethic they give to each other and the game. To Clayton, agriculture means providing for others. When on the family farm, he's continuously thinking of all the lives they help thrive by raising livestock and growing the crops. Agriculture benefits the world, and we can't live without it. Clayton plays football, basketball, and baseball, competes in track, is an active member of FFA and 4-H, and is a member of three choirs. Clayton also dedicates time the local fire department. After graduation, he plans on continuing his football career while attending a 4-year school. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Brownfield Ag News
Iowa - Ryan Franzen

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 0:58


Ryan Franzen was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for his efforts on and off the field. His favorite thing about high school sports is competing alongside his friends and the feeling that he gets after winning a game that he worked months in training for. With growing up on a family farm, agriculture has been a huge part of Ryan's life. Ryan has continued to find ways to tie agriculture into his education, as well. Besides football, Ryan is involved in track, trapshooting, FFA, and church and volunteer community activities. After graduation, Ryan plans to attend NICC for an agribusiness degree that he will use in the insurance field and hopes to one day manage the family farm with his brother. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

MID-WEST FARM REPORT - MADISON
Finding Resources In Rural Communities Is A Challenge

MID-WEST FARM REPORT - MADISON

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 50:00


Wisconsin native, now national FFA officer, Cortney Zimmerman has just returned from an officer team trip to South Africa.  Jill Welke visits with Zimmerman about what she experienced and how classrooms look in South Africa. This weekend a Wisconsin community is celebrating a pepper!  Yep, a unique pepper at that. Charitee Seebecker talks with Diana Ogle from the Beaver Dam Pepper Fest.  It started in the late 1800's when immigrants came to the Beaver Dam area with unique pepper seeds from their homes in Hungary. Finding resources in rural farming communities can be difficult.  Pam Jahnke talks to Helen Dirks from AARP Wisconsin about all of the resources available through local Aging and Disabilities Resource Centers.  Program paid for by AARP of Wisconsin.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Brownfield Ag News
Wisconsin - Sydney Cherney

Brownfield Ag News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 0:58


Sydney Cherney was nominated as a Beck's Player with Heart for her efforts on and off the field. Her favorite part of high school sports is competing and playing with her friends and her sister while seeing the community support the events. Agriculture is the most important thing to Sydney. It presents new challenges every day to help her grow and become a better, stronger individual. Sydney is involved in basketball, soccer, FFA, 4-H, and a community program called All For One that gives young kids with disabilities the opportunity to show and work with animals. After high school, Sydney would like to play college basketball and stay active in agriculture and the livestock industry. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Off-Farm Income
OFI 1483: How To Develop A Meat Rabbit Business | FFA SAE Edition | Emily Makos | Juda High School FFA

Off-Farm Income

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 30:31


I have always enjoyed profiling guests who had their own meat rabbit business.  It is a very interesting niche business that seems to have so much upside.  However, I have never had a guest on the show who has a meat rabbit business that has propelled them to being a finalist for the award of American Star Farmer!  Well, that is exactly what Emily Makos has done, and it is my pleasure to introduce you to her today. Emily has been raising rabbits since she was 8 years of age on her families "hobby farm" in Wisconsin.  After getting to know rabbits better and better over time, she decided to start selling rabbits for meat.  She actually broke into this business selling them into the restaurant business, and this eventually evolved into direct sales to individual customers. Later, Emily pivoted again and started selling rabbits to people as a form of dog food.  There are aspects of rabbit meat that people really like, and she was able to serve this customer base.  What is so interesting about this aspect of her business is that she is vertically integrated, and she is able to take advantage of the entire rabbit.  Emily sells the fur, she dries the feet and ears for dog chews and she grinds the rest of the animal for a healthy dog food for discerning dog owners.  Since her consumer for this products are not human, she can do all of this herself without USDA oversight. Emily is currently studying to become an occupational therapist in an accelerated program through Concordia University.  She sees rabbits staying as a part of her life, and hopes to use them as therapy animals in the future. SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Rabbit Production HIGH SCHOOL: Juda High School; Juda, Wisconsin MASCOT: Panthers FFA ADVISOR: Joseph Lynne CONTACT INFORMATION FOR EMILY MAKOS: Click on the picture below to be taken to the Juda High School Website: Emily's FFA Advisor's Email Address: lyne@judaschool.com Juda High School Telephone Number: (608) 934-5251 FFA LINKS: National FFA Organization Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE's) Support FFA  Donate to FFA - One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start - pay it forward. REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA: Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food. Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth. Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store: “The future of American agriculture depends on the involvement and investment in America's youth, In order to prepare for the population of tomorrow, we need to encourage America's youth today, and show that careers in agriculture are profitable, rewarding, and vital.”.U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue More Places You Can Listen to Off-Farm Income And Matt Brechwald:  

Off-Farm Income
OFI 1481: Developing A Herbicide In High School | FFA SAE Edition | Sydney Hefty | DeKalb High School FFA

Off-Farm Income

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 37:59


I am always amazed by the natural curiosity that students who are American Star Finalists for Agriscience Research have.  Today's interview illustrates exactly why that is. Sydney Hefty has quite an FFA legacy already going in her family.  Her cousin, Leah Hefty, previous a guest on this show, was also an American Star Finalist in the category of Agriscience Research, and is now Sydney's FFA Advisor.  Sydney and Leah's grandfather was a career FFA Advisor, and he introduced Sydney to science and research when she was just five years old, but not because he saw this coming.  He wanted Sydney to get involved with public speaking as soon as possible, and the only avenue open to her at that age was the science fair.  Little did he know that he was tapping into a natural curiosity and aptitude for research that would carry forward all the way to today and the National FFA Convention. Sydney has been researching ever since.  For example, she once looked at a wind turbine, wondered how it worked and then designed her own out of an empty cylinder of Quaker Oats.  She also saw the need for something different that would be able to kill pigweed because of its resistance to conventional herbicides, and she developed her own, organic herbicide with a 94% kill rate! All of this has led Sydney now to Purdue University where she is studying agricultural economics, she is already teaching courses as a sophomore and she continues to chase her natural desire for research and problem solving! Here is Sydney's Recipe for her natural herbicide 6oz of 20% concentration vinegar .o02oz of dish soap .5oz of orange oil SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Integrated Agriscience HIGH SCHOOL: DeKalb High School; Waterloo, Indiana MASCOT: Barons FFA ADVISOR: Leah Hefty CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SYDNEY HEFTY:  Click on the picture below to be taken to the DeKalb High School Ag. Department's website: Sydney's FFA Advisor's Email Address: mdice@dekalbcentral.net DeKalb High School's Telephone Number: (260) 920-1012 FFA LINKS: National FFA Organization Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE's) Support FFA  Donate to FFA - One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start - pay it forward. REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA: Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food. Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth. Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store: "Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive." U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack  More Places You Can Listen to Off-Farm Income And Matt Brechwald:  

Off-Farm Income
OFI 1478: Replay Of How To Sell Fair & Festival Food | FFA SAE Edition | Forrest Durham | Larue County High School FFA

Off-Farm Income

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 31:36


On tomorrow's ag business episode we are interviewing an entrepreneur who is making a delicious, value added product for direct sale to customers.  His interview reminded me of the time I was able to spend with Forrest Durham back in 2015, and it make perfect sense to bring Forrest's episode back as our replay episode of the week. The original Show Notes are below: I continue to be blown away by the students that I get to meet doing interviews for this show.  Forrest Durham is no exception.  I think I am going to sell the gopher business and start a corn roasting business!  Forrest Durham has inspired me.  What an amazing business and learning process for this young man. Forrest Durham is an FFA student at Larue County High School in Kentucky.  He traveled all the way to Texas with his father to purchase a corn roaster.  Then, he started roasting and selling corn at festivals and fairs throughout Kentucky.  His business has blown up.  Inspired by his father's fudge business, he has found a way to bring agriculture directly to people who want to taste the delicious foods that are grown on our farms. I think you will be inspired by Forrest Durham as well! SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Roasted Corn Sales at Fairs and Festivals HIGH SCHOOL: Larue County High School, Hodgenville, Kentucky MASCOT: Hawks FFA ADVISOR: Mrs. Misty Bevins and Mr. Chris Thomas CONTACT INFORMATION FOR FORREST DURHAM: Click on the picture below to be taken to the Larue County High School website: Forrest's FFA Advisors' Email Addresses: Misty.bivens@larue.kyschools.us & chris.thomas@larue.kyschools.us Larue County High School's Telephone Number: 270-358-2210 FFA LINKS: National FFA Organization Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE's) Support FFA  Donate to FFA - One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start - pay it forward. REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA: Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food. Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth. Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store: "Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive." U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack  More Places You Can Listen to Off-Farm Income And Matt Brechwald:      

California Ag Today
New School Year, New FFA and 4-H Projects

California Ag Today

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022


For many high schools in California, class is back in session. Now is a good time to talk to your kids about what their next year in FFA or 4-H is going to look like.

Off-Farm Income
OFI 1477: Raising Cattle During A Severe Drought | FFA SAE Edition | Emma Victery | Chickasha High School FFA

Off-Farm Income

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 24:13


It is always a great thrill for me when a student who I have previously interviewed on the show comes back on as an American Star Finalist!  That is happening in today's episode with Emma Victery.  Emma was first on the show in 2020 when she was the national proficiency winner in beef production placement.  She has continued her efforts, and now she is back as an American Star Finalist! Emma's original show notes are below: Having a business model on your farm that is sustainable is challenging.  Of course, if you are commodity-based there are so many factors that are outside of the control that you've got to get bigger and push harder.  If you are smaller you are almost forced into being niche so that you can increase the size of your profit margins.  And then of course, if you only offer one product you can get into really hot water if the price or demand for that product falls. In a perfect world, we would all know what type of farm business we were going to be involved in, in the future, and we could plan out our skill sets accordingly.  Of course, there is no such thing as that perfect world.  However, the FFA offers a future farmer the best chance of coming as close to this perfect world as anything that I know. This is illustrated very well by today's guest, Emma Victery.  Emma has grown up on her family's farm in Oklahoma.  She is hoping to take it over at some point in the future.  She and her father have been looking at different products they could sell, different markets they could be in, and different ways to grow the business so that it will last for Emma and for future generations. Just recently they began marketing bulls as a compliment to their commercial herd.  Looking into the future, Emma sees the sale of embryos and using embryo transfers on their farm as a way to offer other products and to really speed up the rate at which they improve their genetics.  Right now, Emma is a senior in high school.  But that does not stop her from looking into the future and trying to figure out how she is going to make all of this happen. Emma will start college at Oklahoma State University in the fall of 2021.  She is planning on double majoring in animal science and agricultural communications.  She wants to go to veterinary school, become a veterinarian, and specialize in reproduction so that she can use those skills for embryo transfers on their farm.  This would also give her a great form of off-farm income.  Right now she is taking over the marketing responsibilities on their farm, and she plans on using her studies in agricultural communications to strengthen her abilities in this part of the business. All of her efforts have led Emma to be the 2020 National Proficiency Winner in Beef Production Placement.  She is looking at applying for several more proficiency awards going forward, and feels like her journey in the FFA has just begun.  She has also been accepted to the honors college at Oklahoma State already due to her academic performance.  Emma is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the cattle industry, and it is going to be fun to watch! SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Beef Production Placement HIGH SCHOOL: Chickasha High School; Chickasha, Oklahoma MASCOT: Fighting Chicks FFA ADVISOR: Emily Schmidt CONTACT INFORMATION FOR EMMA VICTERY: Click on the picture below to be taken to the Chickasha High School Website: Emma's FFA Advisor's Email Address: Eschmidt@chickasha.k12.ok.us Chickasha High School Telephone Number: 405-222-6500 FFA LINKS: National FFA Organization Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE's) Support FFA  Donate to FFA - One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start - pay it forward. REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA: Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food. Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth. Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store: “The future of American agriculture depends on the involvement and investment in America's youth, In order to prepare for the population of tomorrow, we need to encourage America's youth today, and show that careers in agriculture are profitable, rewarding, and vital.”.U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue More Places You Can Listen to Off-Farm Income And Matt Brechwald:  

Off-Farm Income
OFI 1475: In Blood & Urine You Can Learn A Lot About An Animal's Health | FFA SAE Edition | Danae Westra | Central Valley Christian FFA

Off-Farm Income

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 40:59


It is that time of year again, and it is my pleasure to interview the American Star Finalists for this year's National FFA Convention.  What a great time of year, and what a fantastic guest to kick off this series of interviews with! I am always fascinated with the way the mind of the finalists in agriscience research work, and with Danae Westra that is very true!  Not only has Danae been doing research on her families dairy since her freshman year of high school, but she has been doing research with immediate, practical applications in the family dairy business.  In addition to that, Danae has a big personality, and that has show through in the names that she has given each one of her projects: Freshman Year: "Calves R Us" Sophomore Year: "Milk R Us" Junior Year: "Protein 4 Life" Senior Year: "Milk It 4 All It's Worth" Freshman Year Of College: "Mastitis Mishaps" In this interview with Danae you will hear a repeated theme - getting up at 6am to do research before school started.  Whether that was weighing calves, pulling blood samples or collecting urine, she was out there, everyday, getting it done before school even started.  This is what is so inspirational about FFA students, and this is why Danae has already been recognized as one of the top four agriscience researchers out of the 850,000+ FFA students in the nation! SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Agriscience Research HIGH SCHOOL: Central Valley Christian High School, Visalia, California MASCOT: Cavaliers FFA ADVISOR: Kelsey De Jong CONTACT INFORMATION FOR DANAE WESTRA: Click on the picture below to be taken to the Central Valley Christian High School website: Danae's FFA Advisor's Email Address: kdejong@cvc.org Central Valley Christian High School Telephone Number: 559-734-9481 FFA LINKS: National FFA Organization Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE's) Support FFA  Donate to FFA - FFA students can start small businesses through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start - pay it forward. REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA: Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% and the rest of the world.  FFA provides the needed education, training, and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and ensure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food. Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth. Farmers, ranchers, and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the food search is as simple as going to the grocery store: “The future of American agriculture depends on the involvement and investment in America's youth, In order to prepare for the population of tomorrow, we need to encourage America's youth today, and show that careers in agriculture are profitable, rewarding, and vital.”. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue   More Places You Can Listen to Off-Farm Income And Matt Brechwald:  

Agronomists Happy Hour
A Career Devoted to the FFA: Happy Hour With David Swanson

Agronomists Happy Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 66:23


It is a real treat to talk about the FFA and this holds especially true this week when we spent happy hour with David Swanson. David is entering his 37th year as an agriculture teacher and an FFA advisor in Hawley Minnesota. 37 years is a long time and David shares his story and his passion why teaching and the FFA have been so important to him. We really think you all will enjoy listening to him sharing his experiences. David's devotion to the FFA has not gone unnoticed and was inducted into the Minnesota FFA hall of fame this year. Find more on that HERE

Off-Farm Income
OFI 1473: The Amazing Story Of MIXMATE And The Beginning Of A Business That Supports The Farm | Kathy & Doug Applegate | Praxidyn

Off-Farm Income

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 62:13


On today's episode I have an interview that is going to blow your mind.  We all know that farmers are innovative and solve their own problems, but the story you will hear today goes beyond anything I've ever profiled. Doug and Kathy Applegate met while attending community college in the 1970's and started dating right as they were finishing up their education in 1978.  44 years later, in 2022 they are the owners of Praxidyn with 11 full time employees, manufacturing the MIXMATE in what used to be the farrowing barn on their Iowa farm.  There is a lot of story to be told about that 44 years sandwiched between today and community college, and in today's episode we get the story. There are some highlights about this interview I want to let you know about before you listen.  First, is that this exactly the kind of story that the Off-Farm Income Podcast was designed to profile, but on a much larger and more complex scale than normal.  In the interview Doug talks about the fact that they used to raise hogs as a way to diversify their farm income and reliance on corn and soybeans.  However, they stopped raising hogs and started a business to accomplish this diversity, and the who reason for the beginning and existence of Praxidyn is to support both of their sons coming home to farm. In addition to that, both of their sons, Brent and Luke, were standouts in the FFA and are pivotal to the innovation, design and manufacturing that is Praxidyn.  In 2006 Brent was the Iowa Star winner in agribusiness, and 2010 Luke was a finalist.  Clearly, their time in the FFA as well as 4H has had something to do with their development as entrepreneurs and inventors.  In addition to that, when the boys were around 9 years old, Doug and Kathy got them started welding and computer programming!  What a combination, and after you listen to this interview you will see what it has led to! More Places You Can Listen to Off-Farm Income And Matt Brechwald:      

Off-Farm Income
OFI 1471: Chicken And The Sea | FFA SAE Edition | Maria Sterling | Smyrna High School FFA Copy

Off-Farm Income

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 26:59


Our guest today, Maria Sterling, started her supervised agricultural experience out with two business partners.  As she describes it, the three of them were partially joking about what to do for their SAE and the idea of them raising chickens for eggs came up.  They decided to go for it, and between the three of them they were able to obtain two, $1,000 SAE grants, to fund the project.  This was during their sophomore year, but by the end of their junior year, only Maria was still interested in the business. I have definitely experienced the same thing in life.  Several people are interested in a project, but when the everyday challenges of the work set in, just one or two people are left standing.  In this case it was Maria, but looking back on how it developed, it kind of looks obvious now that she had the passion.  When Maria found herself being the sole owner of the business she branded it "Sunny Side Eggs" and started marketing through word of mouth, at her school and on social media.  And, she has found herself at times, not able to keep up with the demand for her eggs. Maria just graduated this year, and she is off to the University Of North Carolina at Wilmington, right around the time that her episode is released.  She is still deciding what to study but had narrowed it down to either marine biology or environmental science.  She says that no matter where this ultimately takes her, you will find her raising chickens, either on a larger basis like now or in a back yard flock. SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Egg Production HIGH SCHOOL: Smyrna High School; Smyrna, Deleware MASCOT: Eagles FFA ADVISOR: Kellie Michaud CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MARIA STERLING: Click on the picture below to be taken to the Smyrna High School Ag. Department's website: Maria's FFA Advisor's Email Address: Kellie.michaud@smyrna.k12.de.us Smyrna High School's Telephone Number: (302) 653-8581 FFA LINKS: National FFA Organization Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE's) Support FFA  Donate to FFA - One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000.  In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants.  With your donations, more students can get this head start - pay it forward. REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA: Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world.  FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food. Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation.  The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth. Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store: “The future of American agriculture depends on the involvement and investment in America's youth, In order to prepare for the population of tomorrow, we need to encourage America's youth today, and show that careers in agriculture are profitable, rewarding, and vital.”. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue More Places You Can Listen to Off-Farm Income And Matt Brechwald: