OFI 256: You Diversify Your Investments, But Do You Diversify Your Livestock? | FFA SAE Edition | Devin Elliot | Riverton High School FFA

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

INTRODUCING DEVIN ELLIOT!

I had a great time interviewing this young man about his diversified livestock supervised agricultural experience.  He is raising both polled hereford cattle and boer goats.  He had me at “polled hereford”!

Devin is serving as the president of his chapter in Riverton, Kansas and is a great leader.  He has some big plans for building things after high school as a mechanical engineer.  And, he is learning all about agriculture as his foundation (pun intended).

I hope you enjoy getting to know the first student that I have ever interviewed that crosses state lines every day to go to school, Devin Elliot!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Diversified Livestock Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Riverton High School FFA; Riverton, Kansas

MASCOT: Rams

FFA ADVISOR: Jacob Larison

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR DEVIN ELLIOT:

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

Devin’s FFA Advisors’ Email Addresses:  jlarison@usd404.org

Riverton High School’s Telephone Number: 620-848-3386

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 255: Making Custom Hats From Idaho To Australia | Roy Jackson | Jaxonbilt Hat Company

 

 SHOW NOTES

KEY IDEAS: 

 

Roy Jackson has the title “Master Hatter”, but I would call him an artist.  About three years ago my brother-in-law returned from a work trip to Salmon, Idaho.  He told me that I needed to look into “this guy up there that makes hats”.  That is how I got introduced to Roy Jackson.

About a year after that I was watching “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”.  At the very beginning of the show Jimmy Stewart gets off of the train in Shinbone wearing a large brimmed, straw hat.  I wanted that hat and called Roy.  He did not know the hat, and without seeing it he could not make it.  He did not own a copy of the movie either.

I searched the internet and found plenty of photos from that movie, but I could not find a photo of Jimmy Stewart wearing that hat.  I decided to go low-tech.  I sat down to watch the movie and paused it on the opening scene.  Then I took a photo of the hat from the screen of my television and emailed it to Roy.

About one week later a perfect replica of that hat showed up at my house.  Unbelievable!

I need a new straw hat for this summer.  I saw a picture of a hat I liked the other day and did the same thing.  Once again Roy had a perfect replica of what I was looking for at my house in about a week.  I knew I had to have Roy on the show right at that point!

ADVICE FROM ROY:

Make Up Your Mind: When I asked Roy when he knew he was going to make it in this business his answer was “when I decided to be a hat maker.”  He believes strongly in making a decision and then making sure you achieve that.

Right Person: If you are going to apprentice with someone to learn to make hats, take your time and find the right person to fit the vision you have in mind.

By Hand: In addition to the equipment you will learn to use, learn to make a hat by hand.  This way you can get started with almost no investment, and you will always be able to produce a hat.

BEST BUSINESS ADVICE ROY HAS RECEIVED:

Stick With Your Product: If you are going to be a hat maker, then be a hat maker.  Master your craft.  Don’t get distracted by other product ideas until you have mastered what you started out to master.

PERSONAL HABIT THAT HELPS ROY SUCCEED:

Roy gets to his shop early, every day.  He loves what he does, and it drives him to succeed.

BOOKS/RESOURCES:

The Hatter’s Guide, or Scientific Instructor; is the book that got Roy started.  When it comes to a hat making business, this is the book to get you going.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email: roy@jaxonbilthats.com

Facebook Page: LINK

Website: LINK

Telephone: 208.756.6444

Other Places You Can Listen To Us:

Check us out on the D&B Supply Show where we get to focus in on very specific farming issues like tank heaters, fencing, regulations, etc.

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 254: Developing Herd Bulls As A Sophomore….In High School | FFA SAE Edition | Iris Dukart | Killdeer High School FFA

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

INTRODUCING IRIS DUKART!

I had a great interview with this young lady from North Dakota.  She is continuing her family business of raising herd bulls for commercial cattle producers.  Currently she is raising red angus cattle, keeping all of her replacement heifers and preparing to start selling bulls.

She lives in an area with harsh winter conditions, but she obviously knows how to t
ake care of cattle in the cold.  It was interesting to speak with her about using piles of snow as wind breaks for her cattle.  It was also interesting to learn how much feed is increased to compensate for cold temperatures.

I hope you enjoy this interview with Iris.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Beef Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Killdeer High School; Killdeer, North Dakota

MASCOT: Cowboys

FFA ADVISOR: David Leier

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR IRIS DUKART:

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

Iris’s FFA Advisors’ Email Addresses: david.leier@k12.nd.us

Killdeer High School’s Telephone Number: (701)764-5877

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 253: How Do Royalty And The FFA Mix? | FFA SAE Edition | Aubrey Wells | Seneca High School FFA

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

INTRODUCING AUBREY WELLS!

The National FFA Organization asked me to do an interview with the Seneca FFA Chapter from Louisville, Kentucky about their urban approach to agriculture and being awarded the Fresh Perspectives Award from Farm Credit.

During the interview I got to meet Aubrey Wells, the chapter’s president.  I was so impressed with her during the interview, that I wanted to profile her here as well.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: I Actually Never Asked

HIGH SCHOOL: Seneca High School, Louisville, Kentucky

MASCOT: Redhawks

FFA ADVISOR: Kristan Wright

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR AUBREY WELLS:

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

Seneca High School

Aubrey’s FFA Advisors’ Email Addresses: kristan.wright@jefferson.kyschools.us

Seneca High School’s Telephone Number: (502) 485-8323

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 252: Create A Full Time Ag Business On The Rural/Urban Interface | Daryl Mast | Doorstep Dairy

 

SHOW NOTES

KEY IDEAS: 

Daryl Mast has a phenomenal business near Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  I think he has entrepreneurship in his blood a little bit, but that has helped him find a business serving farmers and bringing locally grown food to the residents who live nearby.

As a benefit to the rest of us, Daryl has created an example that we can follow to live and work the way that he does.

Doorstep Dairy is the name of Daryl’s business, and he has grown this business quite a bit since he started in 2010.  This business is replicable anywhere that farming is close to a population center.  And, start up costs do not need to be that high.

This episode is full of great advice from Daryl and pearls of wisdom on how he started and grew this business.  I hope this is the one for you!

ADVICE FROM DARYL:

Learn to say “no”: this is especially true in this business as Daryl points out.  In order to be profitable Daryl has to say no to would be customers who live outside of his designated delivery zone.  If he says nothing but yes, he risks not being able to serve anyone because it is not a good business model.

Similar Businesses: do you know of or can you find a similar business to this somewhere else in the country?  Hint: You Do Now!  Then talk to them for advice on how to get started.

Money: don’t borrow this stuff.  It makes you make bad decisions, and if your business does not work out you will still be paying for it years in the future.

Failure: everyone fears failing.  Learn how to manage this fear, and do not let it control you.

BEST BUSINESS ADVICE DARYL HAS RECEIVED:

Find something you are passionate about.  Daryl described this perfectly.  He is passionate about serving customers.  His delivery business allows him to serve customers and thus, serve his passion.  Do not think that you had to identify a business type that is your passion, just how you passion manifests itself.

PERSONAL HABIT THAT HELPS DARYL SUCCEED:

Daryl is a communicator, and he makes it a priority to be communicating with his customers, no matter where he is.

BOOKS/RESOURCES:

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose is the book that Daryl recommends to anyone going into the delivery business.  He found it inspirational, and it helped him to truly identify his passion.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email: doorstepdairy@gmail.com

Facebook Page: LINK

Website: LINK

Other Places You Can Listen To Us:

Check us out on the D&B Supply Show where we get to focus in on very specific farming issues like tank heaters, fencing, regulations, etc.

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 251: Harvesting And Selling Your Cover Crop | FFA SAE Edition | Raegan Klaassen | Hydro-Eakly High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

If You Are Going To Show Cattle, You Will Need A Good Show Stick:


INTRODUCING RAEGAN KLAASSEN!

Raegan comes to us from Hydro, Oklahoma.  She has a very interesting supervised agricultural experience.  In addition to her showing cattle for several years, she now has her own herd of first-calf heifers.  Her father, who is also her FFA advisor, got her started with this herd as a way of saving and paying for college in four years.

When Raegan is not working with her cattle, she is farming.  The primary crop she grows is usually a grain.  In the off-season she plants black eyed peas as a cover crop.  However, she has found a market for the peas, so she is able to make revenue off of the ground she farms, twice per year.  I loved this concept of not just planting a cover crop, but planting one that has market value.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Beef, Grain & Speciality Crop (black eyed peas) Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Hydro-Eakly High School; Hydro, Oklahoma

MASCOT: Bobcats

FFA ADVISOR: Chris Klaassen

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR RAEGAN KLAASSEN:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Hydro-Eakly High School’s website:

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Raegan’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: cklaassen@hydroeakly.k12.ok.us

Hydro-Eakly High School Telephone Number: (405) 663-2774

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 250: Gore’s Boers And George Market Goats | FFA SAE Edition | John Gore | Putnam County High School FFA

OFI 250: Gore’s Boers And Market Goats | FFA SAE Edition | John Gore | Putnam County High School FFA

John Gore Post Image 2

SHOW NOTES

If You Are Going To Fit Your Market Goats, You Will Need Good Clippers:


INTRODUCING JOHN GORE!

John comes to us from Eatonton, Georgia.  He is a junior in high school and serving as his chapter’s president this year.  John raises and sells market goat for his supervised agricultural experience.  He is primarily raising Boer’s, but he is also experimenting the the Kiko breed.  He hopes to support other FFA students as well as 4H members in their desires to show goats by selling them good show stock.John Gore Post Image

I hope you enjoy getting to know John Gore.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Market Goat Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Putnam County High School; Eatonton, Georgia

MASCOT: War Eagles

FFA ADVISOR: Kelly Smith

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR JOHN GORE:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Putnam County High School’s website:

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John’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: kelly_smith@putnam.k12.ga.us

Putnam County High School Telephone Number: 706-485-9971

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 249: Do Only Dependent Weaklings Get Coaches? Madison Bumgarner Doesn’t Think So!

OFI 249: Do Only Dependent Weaklings Get Coaches? Madison Bumgarner Doesn’t Think So!Baseball Series: Pitcher in motion, batter, catcher and umpire defocused

Show Notes

Alright, what is up with the title of this show?  Well, in this show I am talking about getting professional coaching to help us along our path in a faster and more efficient way.  And with a higher likelihood of success.

There was a time that I believed that getting a coach was some new fangled, modern age thing that only people who were not self-reliant would do.  Now I know that is not true.  I know that the most successful people in our society, both in business and sports, do not believe that even though they are the best that they know it all.  They all have coaches, and they are all getting help to improve their performance even more.

Now, I am a San Francisco Giants fan, and I am definitely a Madison Bumgarner fan.  Madbum is a big, self-reliant man who has seen a lot of success.  But he still has a pitching coach.  He relies on Dave Righetti to help continue to improve and to watch him and notice ways in which he is getting off track.

If coaching is good enough for this world class athlete, than it is good enough for the rest of us too!

Links To Articles On Coaching:

10 Reasons To Hire A Business Coach Now

35 Reasons You Should Work With A Coach

Why You Need To Hire A Coach In 2015

Here Are The Top Ten Reasons You Need A Coach

4 Reasons You Should Seek Out A Business Coach

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 248: Starting An Organic Chicken Business | FFA SAE Edition | Faith Rutherford | Payson High School FFA

OFI #248: Starting An Organic Chicken Business | FFA SAE Edition | Faith Rutherford | Payson High School FFA

Faith Rutherford Post Image

SHOW NOTES

If You Are Going To Butcher Your Own Chickens, An Electric Chicken Plucker Will Make You Happy!


INTRODUCING FAITH RUTHERFORD!

Faith Rutherford comes to us from Payson, Arizona.  She is a freshman in high school where her dad is the FFA Advisor.  She is starting an organic chicken business.  Currently the chicks and the feed have been ordered, and she and her father are building their pens.  She is going to start with 100 chicks in early February.  She ordered organic chicken feed from a location in California.

Faith has penciled out her input costs, and her sales price so that she can make a profit.  She plans on butchering all of the chickens at Payson High School and is hoping for assistance from her classmates.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Organic Poultry Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Payson High School; Payson, Arizona

MASCOT: Longhorns

FFA ADVISOR: David Rutherford

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR FAITH RUTHERFORD:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Payson High School’s website:

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Faith’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: jblackstock@kunaschools.org

Payson High School Telephone Number: 928-474-2070

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 247: Working For Free Leads To A Herdsman Position | FFA SAE Edition | Adam Drake | Kuna High School FFA

OFI 247: Working For Free Leads To A Herdsman Position | FFA SAE Edition | Adam Drake | Kuna High School FFA

Adam Drake Post Image

SHOW NOTES

If You Are Going To Breed Cattle You Will Need Some AI Pipettes!


RE-INTRODUCING ADAM DRAKE!

Adam is the first FFA student guest of the show that I have had back on for a follow up interview.  He first appeared just after he completed his sophomore year of high school in episode #49.

When we first interviewed Adam he had just received a beef heifer through a calf scramble program.  That heifer was barren, but she inspired Adam to start his own herd and to partner with his dad on their family’s farm.  This was very reminiscent of episode #238 in which we learned of Kylie Zapalac doing the same thing.  What a great program!

In addition to this, Adam lived a principle that we talk about on this show frequently: work for free!  He became interested in developing his abilities as a cattle breeder, so he started volunteering to breed cattle at different dairies in the area in exchange for experience only.

As you can probably guess, a position eventually opened up, and who did the dairy think of to fill it?  Adam, of course.  Now, as a senior in high school he is working as the fill in herdsman on a dairy.  He works 3 days per week with the full-time herdsman and twice per week on his own.  Before he has even finished high school, he has developed a skill and work experience that will help him to find work for the rest of his life.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Now Adam is farming for himself, he has 20 pair of black angus cattle and his a herdsman on a dairy.

HIGH SCHOOL: Kuna High School, Kuna, Idaho

MASCOT: Kavemen

FFA ADVISOR: Joe Blackstock

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ADAM DRAKE:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Kuna High School Ag. Department’s website:

Kuna High School

Adam’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: jblackstock@kunaschools.org

Kuna High School Telephone Number: 208.955.0200

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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