OFI 414: How To Capture A Niche Business | Rod Keiser | Hay Bale Banners

SHOW NOTES

KEY IDEAS: 

There are several ways in which businesses are born.  Maybe my favorite method is when somebody has an “A’ha” moment and realizes that there is a niche that is not being filled.

Our guest today, Rod Keiser, did just that.  Rod was already in the printing business, and he already had experience with farming.  Then one day it dawned on him that there were round bales of hay laying in fields, next to high traffic areas all over his region of Nebraska.  He wondered why nobody was using this available space to advertise on.  The business Hay Bale Banners was born right at that moment.

Now Rod is creating round banners that attach the ends of round bales to advertise for people’s weddings, political campaigns, businesses, graduations, etc.

ADVICE FROM ROD:

LOCAL: Find your local resources and take advantage of what you have nearby to help you develop your business.

COURSE: Take an entrepreneurship course and get other people’s perspectives on how to grow your business.

RESEARCH: Do your market research before you launch your product or service.  If you find a niche that is not being filled, you are in good shape.

BEST ADVICE ROD HAS RECEIVED:

PERSISTENT: Don’t take “no” for an answer.  Keep trying if you have a product or service that you believe in.

PERSONAL HABIT THAT HELPS ROD SUCCEED:

SOLUTION ORIENTED: Rod stated that he listens intently to his customers to help them come up with solutions to their problems.

CONTACT INFORMATION AND LINKS:

Hay Bale Banners Facebook Page: LINK

Website: LINK

Email: sales@haybalebanners.com

Telephone: (308) 394-6900

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OFI 413: Putting the “Diversified” in Diversified Livestock Producton | FFA SAE Edition | Brittany Smith | Warren Hills Regional High School FFA

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

INTRODUCING BRITTANY SMITH!

Today we are going to be introducing you to Brittany Smith.  Brittany is the first, three term chapter president that I have ever interviewed.  Brittany lives on her family’s farm in western New Jersey.  Actually, the town where she attends high school is aptly name for National FFA Week.  It is Washington, New Jersey.  And of course, National FFA week is all about celebrating our first president’s passion for agriculture.

Brittany is the third generation from her family to participate in the FFA at Warren Hills Regional High School.  Brittany is actually participating in four SAE’s.  She has a diversified livestock production SAE.  She also has a dairy cattle and sheep SAE.  She raises rabbits, miniature horses, llamas, goats, chickens, hogs and alpacas as well.

Brittany loves animals and is very busy.  But she says the sheep are her favorite animals on the farm.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Diversified Livestock Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Warren Hills Regional High School; Washington, New Jersey

MASCOT: Storm

FFA ADVISOR: Amy Kline

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR BRITTANY SMITH:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Warren Hills Regional High School website:

Brittany’s FFA Advisors’ Email Addresses: smithb18@warrenhills.org

Warren Hills Regional High School’s Telephone Number: (908) 689-3050

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 

Other Places You Can Listen To Us:

D&B Supply Show

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO! WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO “FFA TODAY” ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147! “FFA Today” airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern. Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback: Email: zacht@rfdtv.com Website:  RuralRadio147.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/RURALRADIO147

 


OFI 412: Cattle As Far As The Eye Can See | FFA SAE Edition | Bailey Smith | Mosquero High School FFA

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

INTRODUCING BAILEY SMITH!

What can I say about today’s guest other than I am jealous.  Let me explain.  Bailey Smith is currently studying agricultural business at Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas.  When she is not at school she returns to her family’s ranch outside of Mosquero, New Mexico.  With her father and the rest of the family, Bailey helps to manage thousands of head of cattle on their ranch in Northeast New Mexico.

Why am I jealous?  Well, she lives right in the middle of a ton of Western history and Western folklore.  She runs cattle in the part of New Mexico that the Goodnight/Loving Cattle Trail comes through.  She is right on the western edge of the Llano Estacado which was only traversable by the Comanche and Kiowa for decades as they were pursued by Texas Rangers and later the U.S. Cavalry.

When it comes to Western folklore, many books have been written about this area, and many movies have been filmed in this region.  If you read or watched the epic, Lonesome Dove you will recognize the Llano Estacado as the place where Gus had to go to rescue Jenny from Blue Duck.  If you watched No Country For Old Men or Hell Or High Water those movies were filmed largely in this region and to Bailey’s west in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

So, I am jealous.  Bailey gets to live a life as close to the Old West that is possible in 2018.  I think you will like hearing about it.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Beef Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Mosquero High School FFA; Mosquero, New Mexico

MASCOT: Pirates

FFA ADVISOR: Lynn Ray

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR BAILEY SMITH:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Mosquero High School website:

Bailey’s FFA Advisors’ Email Addresses:  lyndar@mosquero.net

Mosquero High School’s Telephone Number: (575) 673-2271

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 

Other Places You Can Listen To Us:

D&B Supply Show

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO! WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO “FFA TODAY” ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147! “FFA Today” airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern. Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback: Email: zacht@rfdtv.com Website:  RuralRadio147.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/RURALRADIO147

 


OFI 411: How To Make Money With Airbnb In The City Through Agri Tourism | Kunal Sampat | Raising-Chickens.Com

SHOW NOTES

KEY IDEAS: 

Agriculture is a lot of things.  One of the things it is, is a community.  I love this community.  The reason I love it so much is that the people involved in it have a passion for it.  I think that people in agriculture, by percentage, have a greater passion for what they do than in any other industry.  You might want to know how I can say this.  It is simple.  The risks are high.  The monetary rewards are not guaranteed and not as high as many other professions.  Yet, people still clamor to find ways to be part of it.  That is passion.

Our guest today epitomizes this better than any other guest that I have interviewed.  I am not trying to say that others are not as passionate as Kunal Sampat.  However, I have not interviewed anyone else with his story.

Kunal was born and raised in Mumbai, India.  It is a huge city, and he lived right in the heart of it.  He did not have any exposure to agriculture and never gave the production of food a second thought.  Kunal eventually emigrated to the United States to go to college in the Northeast.  As this journey progressed in both college and then in employment he got more and more exposure to American agriculture.  He was hooked.

Because of Kunal’s field, he lives in one of the largest cities and metro areas in the United States, the Silicon Valley.  Kunal’s address is in San Jose, California.  To get to a farm you have to drive a long way, and you have to go through heavy traffic.  So, if the people who live in this metropolitan area are going to tour a farm, they have to have a lot of desire.  For a person living here who wants to farm, they really have to re-define what that term means and be innovative.

Kunal and his wife have found a way to create an interesting business, educate the people around them about agriculture and farm all while living in the city.  They started raising back yard chickens, selling eggs and promoting agri tourism, right in the heart of the city.  Kunal’s long term goal is to live on his own, larger farm and pursue agriculture full time.  While he is waiting to do that he is raising chickens, renting out a bedroom at his house as an Airbnb, and promoting the rental of his room by telling people they can get exposure to agriculture.  The combination is working very well.

Kunal has also created on online course for people who would like to replicate what he has done but that have no experience with chickens.  The course is called “Raising Backyard Chickens” and is available now.  Kunal is also offering all OFI listeners a $10 discount if you use the promo code “OFI10” when you sign up.

I hope you are as excited for Kunal and where he is taking his life as I am after listening to this episode.

RESOURCES:

Feeding Poultry: The Classic Guide to Poultry Nutrition for Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Gamebirds, and Pigeons

The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers

CONTACT INFORMATION AND LINKS:

Kunal’s Email Address: kunal.sampat@gmail.com

Raising-Chickens Course Website: LINK

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OFI 410: How To Create A Business Out Of Your Art | FFA SAE Edition | Hannah York | Caldwell County High School FFA

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

INTRODUCING HANNAH YORK!

Have you ever heard of a starving artist?  Of course you have.  How about that old cliche about the artist that created a solid business plan, developed a targeted market that would pay for their art and designed a solid business?  Right…..that cliche is not as common.  

Our guest today is that second kind of artist.  Hannah York has an eye for art.  Specifically she crafts her vision into artistic holiday creations for businesses around Princeton, Kentucky.  She has one, VERY busy season where she must completely prioritize her business.  As her reputation grows, so does the demand for this service that she provides.

Hannah is still in high school, and she is creating jobs for other people already.  She purchases the agricultural decorations that she uses in her displays.  Everything from corn stalks to pink pumpkins.  This supports local farmers, and in turn supports the economy in her community.  All of this while still in high school!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Agricultural Sales

HIGH SCHOOL: Caldwell County High School; Princeton, Kentucky

MASCOT: Tigers

FFA ADVISOR: Wes York

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR HANNAH YORK:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Caldwell County High School website:

Hannah’s FFA Advisors’ Email Addresses:  Wes.york@caldwell.kyschools.us

Caldwell County High School’s Telephone Number: (270) 365-8000

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 

Other Places You Can Listen To Us:

D&B Supply Show

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO! WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO “FFA TODAY” ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147! “FFA Today” airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern. Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback: Email: zacht@rfdtv.com Website:  RuralRadio147.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/RURALRADIO147

 


OFI 409: How To Become A State President | FFA SAE Edition | Renee Stillwell | Allentown High School FFA

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

INTRODUCING RENEE STILLWELL!

Our guest today is the New Jersey State FFA President.  Renee Stillwell has had a great journey through the FFA already, and she is continuing it at Mercer County Community College where she is studying liberal arts.  

During Renee’s tenure in the FFA she not only became her state president, but she served as her chapter president, was a state proficiency winner in both sheep and swine production, won a silver national award in sheep production and a bronze national award in swine production.

Renee defines leadership and serves as an excellent example to other students of the pathway to success in the FFA.

 

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Sheep Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Allentown High School FFA; Allentown, New Jersey

MASCOT: Red Bird

FFA ADVISOR: Dale Cruzan

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR RENEE STILLWELL:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Allentown High School website:

Renee’s FFA Advisors’ Email Addresses: cruzand@ufrsd.net

Allentown High School’s Telephone Number: (609) 259-7292

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 

Other Places You Can Listen To Us:

D&B Supply Show

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO! WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO “FFA TODAY” ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147! “FFA Today” airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern. Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback: Email: zacht@rfdtv.com Website:  RuralRadio147.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/RURALRADIO147

 


OFI Bonus Episode | Are You Jealous Of Generational Farmers?

Have you ever had the thought that if my parents were full time farmers then I could be one too?  I have, and wow, was I wrong. Like everything else in life, it’s just not that simple. 

Generational farmers love the farming life as deep as any of us because they grew up in it.  But growing up in it creates a whole bunch of stresses and challenges that the rest of us do not deal with.

They understand the reality that 2 or 3 bad decisions could lead to the loss of a lifestyle that took generations to build. And they have the added pressure of not wanting to be the generation that lost or had to sell the families land and legacy.

Generational farmers are not sitting on the porch, watching the corn grow. They are hustling to make sure they can weather the storms and preserve the family tradition.

Generational farmers who have gone “all in” are constantly busy and working long hours. In addition to the normal work of planting, cultivating, irrigating, spraying, feeding, vaccinating, harvesting, etc., they are innovating. 

If you don’t find them on a tractor or in a feed truck you will find them behind a computer,  talking with other farmers or setting up deals. Today’s generational farmer is always creating additional streams of revenue to guard against low commodity prices, high input costs and equipment breakdowns.

Generational farmers who have the benefit of hearing farming stories from their grandparents and parents understand just how fragile this lifestyle can be.  And they also understand that just growing crops or raising livestock is not enough.

Today’s generational farmer is selling seed to their neighbors as a side hustle. They are pulling soil samples and providing consultation to other farmers when they are not in their own fields. They are investing in drones and bringing that technology to their region. They are custom farming when they are done with, or maybe before, the work is finished at their place.

Today’s generational farmer has 2 or 3 side hustles going so they can lease more acres, buy better equipment and put money away to get them through the lean times that would normally bankrupt smaller fams.

Generational farmers have a drive to carry on their families farming legacy and the passion to make their living from the Earth.  The weight of their ancestors that farmed before them pushes them to innovate and never stop looking for a way to succeed.

I interview generational farmers from all over the United States, and this is true everywhere.  In the recent weeks I have interviewed three who are doing exactly what I am describing:

All three of these farmers are growing corn and soybeans in a very traditional sense.  They are also looking for other niches to help them sustain their business.  And they are all selling seed, doing crop consultation and either selling equipment or providing other services to make sure that a bad year does not end their family tradition.

If you think farming is easier for those who have family that can pass down land or lend out equipment, think again.

Those of us starting from scratch are subject to a lot less social pressure.  Nobody expects us to succeed. If we fail, people will talk about how hard it is for a “young person” to get into farming.  But if you are a generational farmer and you fail, people will say you squandered what your family had built. You let down the generations that came before you.  And others think, “if I’d have had those advantages I would have made it work”.

When a new farmer wins, we are looked at as being brilliant for finding a way.  But, if a generational farmer succeeds people will think it is because of what they started off with, not how hard they worked once they took over.

Are you still jealous of generational farmers?


OFI 408: How To Build A Sustainable Family Farm Business | Mark Hewitt | Hewitt Precision Insight

SHOW NOTES

KEY IDEAS: 

Our guest today is more proof of an emerging trend in production agriculture.  Young farmers are recognizing both the need for off-farm income and that entrepreneurship is the best way for them to produce this.  

Mark Hewitt and his wife have their own small farm and are leasing more ground to build their lives in agriculture. However, they are not to the point that they are self-sufficient yet.  So, Mark needs to bring in money from off of the farm.  He has chosen entrepreneurship to do this because it allows him flexibility in his schedule to manage his own farm as effectively as possible.  Also, it offers opportunity for greater earning potential than a job, which could speed up his pathway to full-time farming.  Last, but certainly not least, it allows Mark to arrange his schedule to maximize time with his family.

If you want to be a full-time farmer in production agriculture, this is a great episode for you to listen to.  It also is more proof of this emerging trend among young, production agriculture farmers.

ADVICE FROM MARK:
START SMALL: Mark suggests that you don’t go too big, too fast  He learned this from his own experience, and if he had to do it over again he would have taken smaller steps.

RESERVES: Mark definitely suggests prioritizing having some capital reserves.  You never know when an issue will come up in which you need money to run your business or an opportunity will arise that you can only take advantage of if you have the money.

PERSONAL HABIT THAT MAKES MARK SUCCESSFUL:

CONVERSATION: Mark describes himself as a conversationalist.  He loves to talk about farming, and he went with his strength when it came to choosing a business.  Now he gets to talk farming and turn that into supplemental income.

BEST BUSINESS ADVICE EVER GIVEN TO MARK:

“Don’t Get Discouraged By The Word ‘No'”.  If you are going to work in any type of sales you will have to get used to hearing this.  And, you will have to keep trying until you hear “yes”.

CONTACT INFORMATION AND LINKS:

Mark’s Email Address: mark@hewittprecisioninsights.com

Hewitt Precision Insights Website: LINK

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OFI 407: How To Create A Vegetable Business | FFA SAE Edition | Jamie Specca | Northern Burlington County Regional High School FFA

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

INTRODUCING JAMIE SPECCA!

 

Our guest today is a senior in high school and is already building a resume a mile long: 

  • Chapter President
  • Owner of Specca’s Nursery
  • State Officer Candidate
  • State Proficiency Award Winner
  • National Silver Award Winner
  • SAE Grant Recipient

Jamie Specca is piling up the accomplishments in her journey through high school and the FFA.  Her parents run a greenhouse business, and she came up with her own twist on some new products that they could sell.  This all began with her working for her parents and hearing customers request something over and over that was not being provided anywhere else.  Jamie was wise enough to see a void in the market that needed to be filled. And, she was fortunate enough to be able to fill it.

The lessons that entrepreneurship teaches students will help them to excel for the rest of their lives, no matter what they choose to do.  Just the problem solving skills alone are invaluable.  But the ability to see opportunities also have great value to employers.  Jamie is a perfect example of this.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Vegetable Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Northern Burlington County Regional High School; Columbus, New Jersey

MASCOT: Greyhounds

FFA ADVISOR: Nan Hamilton

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR JAMIE SPECCA:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Northern Burlington County Regional High School website:

Jamie’s FFA Advisors’ Email Addresses: nhamilton@nburlington.com

Northern Burlington County Regional High School’s Telephone Number: 609-298-3900

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 

Other Places You Can Listen To Us:

D&B Supply Show

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO! WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS TO “FFA TODAY” ON RURAL RADIO SIRIUS XM CHANNEL 147! “FFA Today” airs on Rural Radio Sirius XM Channel 147 Saturdays at 7:30 AM Eastern and Sundays at 6:30 PM Eastern. Please let RURAL RADIO know that you like hearing us on their channel!  Here is how to contact them and leave feedback: Email: zacht@rfdtv.com Website:  RuralRadio147.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/RURALRADIO147

 


OFI 406: How To Get Equipment To Farm While You Are In High School | FFA SAE Edition | Corey Ehlert | United South Central High School FFA

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

INTRODUCING COREY EHLERT!

Some of the interviews that I have done that really stand out to me are the ones in which a young man or woman is finding and following their path into traditional farming or production agriculture.  My guest in this interview, Corey Ehlert, is doing just that.

Corey was a national proficiency finalist in 2017 in crop production.  He is leasing 85 acres in Minnesota and farming corn and soybeans right now.  To overcome the high input costs in acquiring equipment, he is trading his labor for the use of family farm equipment.

It is this part of what Corey is doing that I want to really focus on from an entrepreneurial standpoint.  Corey works for his father, and in exchange for his labor he gets to use the equipment.  He uses the equipment to prep fields, plant and harvest his crop.  This is gamble.  There may be no return.  He may lose money.  He may make money but make less than if he had just worked for an hourly wage from his father.  Or, he might have a great year and advance himself closer to his dream of being a farmer himself.

So many people get stuck on short term thinking, that they only see the money that they can make today and focus on it.  They will not expand their vision enough to allow them to trade their labor for equipment rental to use on a high risk venture.  And, they will find themselves still working by the hour five or ten years from now and fighting for $1 or $2 more per hour.

However the person with the vision.  The person willing to trade labor for opportunity.  The person who is willing to forgo a paycheck right now for a lifestyle in the future is who we all strive to be.  It took me almost 20 years of working for a wage to finally develop this vision and to believe in it.  It is great to see a young man like Corey who already has it.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Crop Production

HIGH SCHOOL: United South Central High School FFA; Wells, Minnesota

MASCOT: Rebels

FFA ADVISOR: Dan Dylla

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR COREY EHLERT:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the United South Central High School website:

Corey’s FFA Advisors’ Email Addresses: ddylla@unitedsouthcentral.org

United South Central High School’s Telephone Number: 507-553-5819

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 

Other Places You Can Listen To Us:

D&B Supply Show

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