OFI 308: How To Begin Your Horse Training Business | FFA SAE Edition | Ana Minnick | Mexico High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING ANA MINNICK!

Ana Minnick is an incoming senior from Mexico High School in Missouri.  She has loved horses all of her life and is figuring out early that she could make a living working with horses if she wishes.

Ana has begun giving riding lessons as part of her entrepreneurship and agricultural education SAE through her high school.  She has had people ask for lessons in the past based on their knowledge of her. Now, she is developing a client list of students.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Horse Riding Lessons

HIGH SCHOOL: Mexico High School

MASCOT: Bulldogs

FFA ADVISOR: Kendra Allen

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ANA MINNICK:

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

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Ana’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 307: Social Entrepreneurship, Product Development And The FFA | FFA SAE Edition | Sophie Richards | South Holt R-1 FFA


SHOW NOTES

Introducing Sophie Richards! 

Our guest today is engaging in what is commonly referred to as “social entrepreneurship”.  This is something that is emerging and changing in entrepreneurship all across the landscape.  Benevolence is built into the sales and marketing model.

In Sophie’s case she is creating two products for sale in different seasons – painted flower pots in the spring and “pink porcelain pumpkins” in the fall.  She is doing this under the business name “Sophie’s Crafts.”  Of the pumpkins that she sells, a certain percentage of the proceeds are already dedicated to the Holt County Cancer Foundation.

I asked Sophie what inspired her to do business this way, and she cited all the good things the foundation does for her community and being able to give back.  This is a viable business model that serves two purposes at once.  It is exciting to see this model develop.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Product Production & Sales

HIGH SCHOOL: South Holt R-1 High School

MASCOT: Knight’s

FFA ADVISOR: Jessica Aeschliman

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SOPHIE RICHARDS:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the South Holt R-1 High School Website:

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Sophie’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address:   aeschlimanj@southholtr1.com

South Holt R-1 High School Telephone Number:  (660) 446-3454

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 

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:

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OFI 305: Were You “Raised In A Barn”? | FFA SAE Edition | Sierra Osborne | Sydney High School FFA

 

SHOW NOTES:

RE-INTRODUCING SIERRA OSBORNE!

Way back in 2015 when I was at the Montana FFA Convention I interviewed several students right on the floor of the vendor show.  That was way back in episode #126.  One of those students was Sierra Osborne.

Today Sierra returns to the Off-Farm Income Podcast with a new venture in agriculture.  What is so great about her return, is that my assistant Ashley was unaware of Sierra’s previous appearance on this show.  However, Sierra continues to stand out, and Ashley promptly tracked her down for another interview.

Sierra is now a bronze proficiency award winner, and she is still raising her sheep.  However, her agricultural writing, which is great, has found her being pursued for blog publishing now as well.  So, Sierra is now a writer for the “Raised In A Barn Blog” and writes compelling agricultural content.

You will definitely want to subscribe to this blog and follow Sierra in this great, agricultural journey!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Agricultural Communication, Sheep Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Sydney High School; Sydney, Montana

MASCOT: Eagles

FFA ADVISOR: Ted Fulgham

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SIERRA OSBORNE:

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

Sierra’s FFA Advisors’ Email Addresses: tfulgham@sidney.k12.mt.us

Sydney High School’s Telephone Number: 406-433-2330

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 304: Are Your Farm Products Diversified | FFA SAE Edition | Kinsey Tiemann | Palmyra High School FFA

 

SHOW NOTES:

INTRODUCING KINSEY TIEMANN!

Anyone who has ever looked into investing their money somewhere has heard that you need to be diversified.  There are many ways to accomplish this, but the concept is that you spread your risk among many different categories so that if one sector is bad it does not wipe you out.

Our guest today has taken this concept and applied it to her agricultural pursuits.  Kinsey Tiemann is growing fruit (apples, peaches, cherries and blackberries) and selling them.  In addition to being diversified in her fruit production she is diversified in other products as well. She also raises beef and sheep all while maintaining a flock of laying hens and selling their eggs.  

I suspect that Kinsey just really likes raising animals and growing fruit, but she has really spread her risk out well in the process.  Through all of this she has developed her business – “Square Rooted”.  Great name!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Diversified Agricultural Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Palmyra High School; Palmyra, Missouri

MASCOT: Panthers

FFA ADVISOR: Luke Mahsman & Amanda Haeberlin

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR KINSEY TIEMANN:

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

Kinsey’s FFA Advisors’ Email Addresses: haeberlina@palmyra.k12.mo.us & mahsmanl@palmyra.k12.mo.us

Palmyra High School’s Telephone Number: 573-769-2066

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 302: How To Start A Snake Breeding Business | FFA SAE Edition | Mary Elias | Lincoln High School FFA

This Week’s Song Of The Week Is: Summertime by Kenny Chesney!

SHOW NOTES

Introducing Mary Elias! 

When it comes to supervised agricultural experiences advisors and myself frequently use the terms “traditional” and “non-traditional”.  Traditional usually refers to a student raising animals, breeding animals and selling offspring.  Although, as an advisor recently pointed out to me, this is becoming more “non-traditional.”

Today’s guest is raising, breeding and selling animals but I would consider her SAE pretty “non-traditional” in spite of this.  Mary Elias found a passion for snakes, and now she is breeding and preparing to sell their offspring.  She has already contacted retailers and received interest all around her state of California.

Currently Mary is raising ball pythons, corn snakes and Burmese pythons.  Her Burmese is named “Reesy” and in just over 1 year she has grown from 2 feet long to 13 feet long with a diameter the size of an average person’s thigh.

Mary feeds Reesy chickens and rabbits.  What an absolutely fascinating project.  Wait until you hear her talk about snakes.  She really knows her stuff!


SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE:
Snake Breeding And Sales

HIGH SCHOOL: Lincoln High School; Lincoln, Californi

MASCOT: Zebras

FFA ADVISOR: Morgan Perry

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MARY ELIAS:

Click on the picture below to be taken to the Lincoln High School Website:screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-1-39-38-pm

Mary’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address:  mperry@wpusd.k12.ca.us

Lincoln High School Telephone Number:  916.645.6360

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 

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 301: How To Reintroduce A Disappearing Species | FFA SAE Edition | Nathan Fylstra | Westwood Community School FFA

This Week’s Song Of The Week Is: Summertime by Kenny Chesney!

SHOW NOTES

Introducing Nathan Fylstra! 

One of the things that always jumps out to me when I interview FFA students is how they will follow their vision, no matter what it is.  Today’s guest likes to hunt and noticed that quail populations were diminishing where he lives.  As a matter of fact, they were just plain disappearing.  He decided to do something about it.

Since then, Nathan Fylstra, has been raising and releasing quail all around the rural area where he lives.  He is seeing results already, and has people approaching him asking him to do the same on their property.

What is so fun to watch with the FFA SAE’s is that these students come up with an idea that no adult could see an economic model fitting into.  With the encouragement of their advisors and parents, these students just go for it.  And more often than not they become the local, and sometimes national, experts in what they are doing.  Pretty soon they are the only person in their area with expertise in what they are doing, and a viable business develops.

Nathan Fylstra is just one of these students.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Quail Production And Re-introduction

HIGH SCHOOL: Westwood High School; Sloan, Iowa

MASCOT: Rebels

FFA ADVISOR: Dan Witten

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR NATHAN FYLSTRA:

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

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Nathan’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address:  dwitten@wcsdrebels.com

Westwood High School Telephone Number:  712-428-3355

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 

LISTEN TO US ON SATELLITE RADIO!

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OFI 299: Getting A Head Start On Veterinary School With Artificial Insemination | FFA SAE Edition | Caden Farnan | Jefferson High School FFA

 

SHOW NOTES:

INTRODUCING CADEN FARNAN!

Back in the days of my law enforcement career I got to spend three years as a school resource officer and work in a High School named Borah High School in Boise, Idaho.  These were the three most enjoyable years of my career as a police officer because on a daily basis I was afforded the opportunity to interact with inspiring high school students who were off to do something great with their lives.

Not until I started the Off-Farm Income Podcast did I replicate this experience.  Now I get to do this twice a week, every week, and this interview reminded me of just that fact!

Today’s guest, Caden Farnan, is totally engrossed in agriculture.  He is farming hay, raising cattle and growing watermelons for sale.  He plans on going to veterinary school and then returning to his community as a large animal veterinarian.  He says this will be his way of giving back to the community that has already given him so much.

Young men and women like this give me the drive to profile FFA students more and more.  What a rewarding experience.  I hope you enjoy this interview with Caden Farnan!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Forage, Beef & Fruit Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Jefferson High School; Conception Junction, Missouri

MASCOT: Eagles

FFA ADVISOR: Jackie Carlson

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR CADEN FARNAN:

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

Caden’s FFA Advisors’ Email Addresses: jcarlson@jc123.k12.mo.us

Jefferson High School’s Telephone Number: (660) 944-2316

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 298: Good People Supporting Agriculture In Hawaii | Iris Mizuguchi | Hawaii Agricultural Foundation

 

 SHOW NOTES

KEY IDEAS: 

Today’s episode is the 2nd interview I did while I was in Hawaii.  I found the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation while I was researching ag in Hawaii and reached out to speak with Iris Mizuguchi about how they support agriculture and agricultural education on the Islands.

Iris and the rest of the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation are busy supporting ag in many ways throughout Hawaii with FFA being involved in that.  Iris is a lifelong educator and found herself fitting in well with her experience in career and technical education.

Hawaii offers very diverse opportunities in agriculture and year round crop production.  I hope you enjoy this insight into agriculture in our 50th state!

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Click on the photo below to contact Iris Mizuguchi and the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation:

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 296: How To Find Revenue On Your Farm | FFA SAE Edition | Andrew Bimson | Palmyra High School FFA

 

SHOW NOTES:

INTRODUCING ANDREW BIMSON!

I am sure you have heard the saying about the glass that is either half full or half empty, depending on your perspective.  I think of farms a lot in the same way.  I believe that your perspective can really shape the success you have on your own property.

Our guest today is definitely a glass half full person.  On his family’s farm in Missouri he took at look at what he had available to him, and he maximized what he could do while he was in high school.  Today he has three enterprises going.  He is growing and selling hay, raising hogs and selling firewood that he cuts off of the property.

With this type of perspective, nothing can stop him.  He is going to be a success!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Hog Production, Firewood Sales And Alfalfa Hay Sales

HIGH SCHOOL: Palmyra High School; Palmyra, Missouri

MASCOT: Pan