OFI 180: Life Is Good On The Farm, Except For The Virus That Hattie Brought Home From School!Three piglets

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Well everyone, the last few days of this week have found me under the weather.  After dealing with the “have to get done” farm chores, I am just wiped out!  So, I had to decide, do I do a third episode this week even though I do not have the energy to prep appropriately?

Well, there are two schools of thought on this.  One school says you should not produce content for the sake of producing content – ” your fans won’t like that.”  The other school says you should be regular and consistent so your listeners know they can rely on you.

I decided to produce an episode and just go “off the cuff.”  Talking to all of you is a very bright spot in my week, and I needed that bright spot in a week where I’m feeling pretty bad.  Also, I’d like to get interviewed about this podcast at some day and be able to say that “I’ve never missed an episode.”  So, here I am.

Even with being sick this week, there are a lot of good things going on in our business and on our farm.  I thought this would be a good opportunity to share with you some of the excitement of the lifestyle that I am now realizing.

I hope you enjoy, and please excuse my congested voice!

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OFI 179: The Future Of Montana Farming | FFA SAE Edition | Nick Althoff | Bridger High School FFANick Althoff Post Image

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Introducing Nick Althoff! 

Nick Althoff is our second guest from Bridger High School in Bridger, Montana this week.  This young man is also on his way.  Between Colter Zentner and Nick, Bridger Montana will have all the beef and feed for those cows that it needs.

Nick is already getting started farming, and he is looking into a bright future.  In his valley with many farmers retiring and less entering farming, the ability to pick up acreage is readily available to him.  He is passionate about what he is doing, and plans on farming right there in southern Montana.

More power to you Nick!  Go get em!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Farming and Hay Production

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HIGH SCHOOL: Bridger High School; Bridger, Montana

MASCOT: Scouts

FFA ADVISOR: Ole Olson

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR NICK ALTHOFF:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Bridger High School Website:

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Nick’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address:   oolsen@bridgerscouts.org

Bridger High School Telephone Number:  406-662-3533

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 

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I created “The Profitable SAE Student Workbook” to help FFA Advisors teach marketing methods to their students and to help FFA Students succeed in their entrepreneurship SAE’s. I hope you find this product as beneficial as all of the interviews I conducted to create it were to me!

OFI 178: Need Some Cattle For Your Ranch, Call This FFA Student | FFA SAE Edition | Colter Zentner | Bridger High School FFAColter Zentner Post Image

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Introducing Colter Zentner! 

Colter is a guest on the show by special request from National FFA.  This young man developed a passion for buying and selling cattle at an early age.  As a regular at the sale barn with his dad, Colter started developing the eye.  Now he is buying, feeding and selling his own cattle.  He is also buying and selling cattle for other people, within the bounds of the law, while he is still in high school.

Colter has found his passion and his future career.  He is going to go to Montana State University (who could argue with that) after high school.  He wants to get his degree in Ag Business and then return to cattle buying and his future business, “Zentner Cattle Company.”  Best of luck to Colter!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Beef Cattle Production, Buying & Selling

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HIGH SCHOOL: Bridger High School; Bridger, Montana

MASCOT: Scouts

FFA ADVISOR: Ole Olson

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR COLTER ZENTNER:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Bridger High School Website:

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Colter’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address:   oolsen@bridgerscouts.org

Bridger High School Telephone Number:  406-662-3533

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 

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OFI 177: Integrity In Business – It Will Make Or Break You | Real World Examples And Tips For Survivalintegrity conceptual compass

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My assistant Ashley has recently had a difficult time with a contractor that led her to ask me if I had ever done an episode about integrity in business.  This was a great idea, and I decided to do one this week.

The issue of integrity is essential to whether or not you will make it in business.  If you function without it, eventually you will lose customers and fail, no matter how good you are.

In this episode we focus on a few personal examples of times when my integrity was challenged, both as a police officer and as an entrepreneur.  I have some reminders that are important for all of us when it comes to ethics and integrity that we forget about sometimes through complacency.

I hope you enjoy this episode.

Here are some links to articles I used researching this topic:

THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING YOUR INTEGRITY IN BUSINESS

ETHICS IN BUSINESS – 6 EXAMPLES OF BUSINESS ETHICS AND INTEGRITY

 

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“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

I created “The Profitable SAE Student Workbook” to help FFA Advisors teach marketing methods to their students and to help FFA Students succeed in their entrepreneurship SAE’s. I hope you find this product as beneficial as all of the interviews I conducted to create it were to me!

OFI 176: Go Beef Or Go Home! | FFA SAE Edition | Toby VanWyck | Webberville High School FFAToby VanWyck Post Image

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Introducing Toby VanWyck! 

Toby is our third guest to come to us from Webberville High School in Michigan.  He lives on his family’s farm in Fowlerville, Michigan where they raise sheep, cattle and crops.

Toby has decided to focus on cattle for his SAE.  He is raising both Hereford and Simmental Cattle.  He is showing the Hereford after researching the breed and learning that they are more docile than other breeds.

Toby has a very traditional supervised agricultural experience, and it is obvious in speaking with him that he truly enjoys what he is doing and has learned a lot.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Beef Cattle Production

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HIGH SCHOOL: Webberville High School; Webberville, Michgian

MASCOT: Spartans

FFA ADVISOR: Colleen Scott Kaiser

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR TOBY VANWYCK:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Webberville High School Website:

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Toby’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address:   cscott@webbervilleschools.org

Webberville High School Telephone Number:  517.521.3447

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 

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OFI 175: Why Are We Here? Because There’s Deer! | FFA SAE Edition | Nikki Welch | Mexico (Missouri) High School FFANiki Welch Post Image

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INTRODUCING NIKKI WELCH!

Nikki is coming to us from Mexico……Missouri.  I had no idea that a town called Mexico in Missouri even existed.  So, I learn something every week from this show.

Nikki is a recipient of a $1,000 SAE grant, and she is using it to test food plots for deer.  She is looking at what types of food the deer like better and what ways of feeding them they prefer.  I found it very interesting to find out that the deer prefer the timed feeders.  Nikki believes that since the deer can hear when the feed is being spread out, they like that best.

Nikki is a hunter and like so many hunters has a deep respect for the animals that she pursues.  This is leading her in the direction of making improvements for both hunters and deer alike.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Researching Food Plots For Deer

HIGH SCHOOL: Mexico High School

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MASCOT: Bulldogs

FFA ADVISOR: Kendra Allen

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR NIKKI WELCH:

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

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Nikki’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: kallen@mexico.k12.mo.us

Mexico High School Telephone Number: 573-581-3773

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 

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OFI 174: Staying Focused On Long Term Goals – Don’t Chase Bright Shiny Objectsshort term

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This week we are discussing focus.  Focus on your business and focus on your long term goals.

Too many entrepreneurs learn how to make money, and then everything looks like an opportunity.  They start chasing the bright, shiny objects of new business opportunities and never get anywhere.  For your business to be a success, you have to stay focused on making that business a success and not starting over all the time just because something looks cool.

In our world we need to be doubly focused.  Remember that our goal is to start a business that will support our goal of farming.  So, you have to keep that long term goal very visible as well.  You must keep in mind that you are not trying to be a business owner.  You are starting a business to create a stream of revenue that will support your farm.

So, this episode is a reminder for myself as well as all of you that focus is imperative for success in entrepreneurship.

Stay focused my friends!

Entrepreneur Magazine Article Link

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“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

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OFI 173: Are Those Herbs I Smell? | FFA SAE Edition | Emily Thimmes | Miami East High School FFAEmily Thimmes Post Image

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Introducing Emily Thimmes! 

By far, I have interviewed more students from Miami East High School than any other school in the nation.  Marie Carity, Miami East’s FFA Adivsor, has been able to come up with many extremely interesting supervised agricultural experiences.

Today’s guest is no exception.  Emily Thimmes is a $1,000 SAE grant recipient, she will be serving as the chapter chaplain in the 2016-2017 school year and she is growing and selling herbs.

I hope you enjoy getting to know Emily!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Growing and Selling Herbs

HIGH SCHOOL: Miami East High School, Casstown, Ohio

MASCOT: Vikings

FFA ADVISOR: Marie Carity

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR EMILY THIMMES:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Miami East High School Website:

Miami East High School

Emily’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: memcarity@mdeca.org

Miami East High School Telephone Number: (937) 335-7070

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 

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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:

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OFI 172: First India, Then China, All While A High School Student | FFA SAE Edition | Maddie Poole | Chicago High School For The Agricultural SciencesScreen Shot 2016-08-08 at 1.53.09 PM

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INTRODUCING MADELEINE (MADDY) POOLE!

Maddie is my second guest from the Chicago High School For Agricultural Sciences.  My first was Xavier Morgan from episode #80.  Maddie and Xavier are both extremely impressive students.  Maddie graduated in 2016 and is continuing her activities in FFA at the state level.  She received one of the first ever United States Presidential Scholar Awards give to CTE students.

Maddie just got back from China.  She has been on a diplomatic trip with several others students, learning about Chinese culture and education.  Previously Maddie had traveled to India to study agriculture and research for a hybrid seed company called MAHYCO.

Maddie comes highly recommended.  National FFA requested that I interview her and discuss what she has done at CHAS.  Her future is unbelievably bright.  I hope you enjoy getting to know Maddie Poole.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Agricultural Science and Research

HIGH SCHOOL: Chicago High School For Ag Sciences

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MASCOT: Cyclones

 FFA ADVISOR: Ms. Krista Moser

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MADDIE POOLE:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Chicago High School For Ag Sciences website:

Chicago High School for Ag. Sciences

Maddie’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: Krista Moser

Chicago High School For Ag Sciences Telephone Number: (773) 535-2500

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 

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OFI 171: What Are We Doing This For? | Finding Meaning Behind A Life In AgricultureScreen Shot 2016-08-04 at 5.25.42 PM

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A DIFFERENT EPISODE THIS WEEK: 

As so many of you already know from listening to the show, I grew up in a small town in the San Joaquin Valley of California called Valley Home.  It was a pretty special place, and I could not have asked for a better way to grow up.

Pictured above is one the first friends I ever had in Valley Home, Ryan Russell.  He was one year older than me, and he did what all of us involved in the Off-Farm Income Community are trying to do – he followed his dreams and passion.  Ryan was passionate about music, but he did not learn to play the guitar until he was 23 years old.  From that point forward it was all music for him. Ryan built his life around music.

All through our childhood Ryan had asthma, but it never stopped him.  He played sports, hunted, camped and did everything the rest of us did.  He continued to deal with asthma until last weekend when a severe attack resulted in his unexpected and untimely death.  This has been a shock to me, the entire Valley Home Community and the network of people he has touched with his music.

Once the initial shock of this loss faded a little, I looked for the lesson that was surely there to be learned.  Like everyone else who has reached their 40’s and lost somebody suddenly, I had the same epiphany: life is short and can be taken away at any moment.  This realization made me very happy with my decisions to pursue what I am passionate about and change my career three years ago.  It also inspired the title of this episode, “What Are We Doing This For?”

If you are not pursuing agriculture because you are passionate about the lifestyle then you should think about that.  However, I suspect that you, as a member of this audience, know exactly what you are doing and why you are pursuing this life.

If you are still stuck in the cubicle and just dreaming – get busy!  You are only losing time as days go by.

Here is the video that I promised on the show of us all roller skating on Christmas Day, 1979.  Ryan is wearing the vest and trucker cap.  The video starts on him just after he had crashed.  I am wearing the football jersey with the number 22 on it.

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