OFI 332: A Texas Longhorn Breeder Of Tomorrow…Today! | FFA SAE Edition | Sierra Wood | Leander High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING SIERRA WOOD!

My interview with Sierra today is the last of “Texas Longhorn Week” but a very good one!  Sierra reflects everything that is so great about FFA students across the nation.  She is devoted to what she is doing and she has dove completely in!

In addition to serving as the treasurer at the Leander High School FFA Chapter, Sierra is serving as the reporter for the Texas Longhorn Breeders Of Tomorrow.  She enjoys raising and selling Longhorns so much that she participates in the TLBT in addition to FFA.  I love the dedication!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Longhorn Cattle Breeding

HIGH SCHOOL: Leander High School; Leander, Texas

MASCOT: Lions

FFA ADVISOR: Emily Veraa & Jeff Kelley

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SIERRA WOOD:

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

Sierra’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: Emily.Veraa@leanderisd.org   

Leander High School’s Telephone Number: (512) 570-1000

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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OFI 331: Her Goal Is To Be A National Officer | FFA SAE Edition | Gabby Curtis | Ferris High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING GABBY CURTIS!

I belong to a group on Facebook that is devoted to raising Longhorn Cattle with most of the members being from Texas.  It dawned on me a couple of weeks back that I needed to reach out and profile some of the FFA students in this group whose SAE’s revolved around these beautiful cattle.  Today’s interview with Gabby Curtis is the first fruit of that search.

Gabby is breeding Longhorns and building her herd with help from her parents in Ferris, Texas.  She has big goals.  She is just starting her sophomore year, and she is already a district officer.  She has her eyes on becoming a state officer and then a national officer, and she is motived.  That is why she is starting so early.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Longhorn Cattle Breeding

HIGH SCHOOL: Ferris High School; Ferris, Texas

MASCOT: Yellowjackets

FFA ADVISOR: Dana Wise & Meagan Dalton

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR GABBY CURTIS:

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

Gabby’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address:

Ferris High School Telephone Number: 972-544-3858

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 329: Using Entrepreneurship To Support Your FFA Chapter | FFA SAE Edition | Michael Malaspina | Vallivue High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING MICHAEL MALASPINA!

While I am at the Canyon County Fair I have a tendency to buy a lot of soda’s from the FFA stand in the sheep barn.  I really only do this here, and I cannot explain why.  Maybe because it is hot, and while I am sitting on the bleachers, watching kids show their animals it is nice to sip on a pop.

This year I noticed a young man who was repeatedly serving me at the window.  I inquired about what he was doing in the FFA, and he told me that he was growing his own hay and selling it.  I wanted to learn more about how the booth worked to support FFA in addition to his SAE, so I asked for an interview.

I was able to interview Michael Malaspina this way and find out all about these things.  I loved the way he marketed his hay.  His dad manages a Les Schwab Tire Center, who are huge supporters of our fair, in Caldwell, Idaho.  So, he is able to park a trailer load of hay out front with a for sale sign on it. He gets lots of sales just based on people driving by.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Forage Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Vallivue High School; Caldwell, Idaho

MASCOT: Falcons

FFA ADVISOR: Ray Shirts

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MICHAEL MALASPINA:

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

Michael’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: ray.shirts@vallivue.org

Vallivue High School Telephone Number: (208) 454-0445

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 328: How To Pay For College Fitting Sheep | FFA SAE Edition | Mason Roberts | Kuna High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING MASON ROBERTS!

I’ll tell you what I love about doing this show, it is the opportunities.  I don’t mean the opportunities for me.  I mean the opportunities for all of us!

Our guest today demonstrates this very well.  Mason Roberts has been involved with livestock, the 4H and FFA for many, many years.  During that time he has developed a number of skills and abilities that he must have to compete successfully in the show ring. This is just like the rest of us developing the skills we need to farm successfully.

Mason needs to make money as he is preparing to start college at the University Of Idaho.  To do this, he has been using some of these skills, namely clipping sheep.  This is a highly seasonal business, but when it is fair and show time, Mason is all over it.

Mason tries to clip about 200 sheep per season if he can.  That keeps him really busy.  Through his contacts in agriculture, 4H and FFA he lines up folks who need their sheep fitted for fair and gets them in.  People bring sheep to his parent’s farm and he clips away.

This business is just one stream of revenue for Mason, but it is based on a skill he has and he takes full advantage of this when the time is right!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Livestock Production, Education and Leadership

HIGH SCHOOL: Kuna High School, Kuna, Idaho

MASCOT: Kavemen

FFA ADVISOR: Joe Blackstock

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MASON ROBERTS:

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

Kuna High School

Mason’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 

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 326: How To Build A Path To Your Fish And Game Career | FFA SAE Edition | Trevor Hipwell | Meridian High School FFA


SHOW NOTES

Introducing Trevor Hipwell:

There is no question that the population of the FFA has been changing over the years…..for the better.  More and more students from in town and the suburbs are joining the FFA.  Thus the FFA changed their name from “Future Farmers Of America” to simply “FFA” a few years back.  

This is great because the FFA still encompasses the students off of the farm, but now students from in town are learning about agriculture.  Whether or not these students pursue a career in agriculture, they learn about agriculture which serves us well.

When a student lives in a subdivision it can create a challenge for their projects while in the FFA.  They do not have room to raise large livestock like cattle or pigs.  So, what can they do if they are interested in raising animals and having that experience.

Our guest today solved that riddle by raising quail and pigeons.  He has a strong interest in birds and wants to pursue that interest for his career.  Where he lives in Meridian, Idaho he does not have the room or ability to raise large livestock, so he raises birds.  He now has his eye fixed on a future in fish and wildlife work as a biologist and expert on birds.  Good luck to you Trevor!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Quail and Pigeon Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Meridian High School, Meridian, Idaho

MASCOT: Warriors

FFA ADVISOR: Elizabeth Russell

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR TREVOR HIPWELL:

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

Meridian High School Logo

Trevor’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: Russell.Elizabeth@westada.org

Meridian High School Telephone Number: (208)350-4160

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 325: How To Market Your Business With A Win – Win Situation | FFA SAE Edition | Dylon Pokorny | Waupun Area High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING DYLON POKORNY!

I had a takeaway from my interview with this week’s guest that I really liked.  Dylon Pokorny is in the bee business.  He is managing six hives, and he has named his business “Pokorny’s Bees”.  Back in 2011 his grandfather got him started in this business.

What I took away from my interview with Dylon was how he had used a situation in which everyone wins to market his business.  Dylon’s creative marketing is through donations and the sponsorship of a highway, which he told me he cleans himself.  Dylon has found a way to give back to the community that supported him and enables him to operate Pokorny’s Bees, and at the same time it advertises his business.  This is forward thinking at the highest level!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Bee Keeping

HIGH SCHOOL: Waupun Area High School; Waupun, Wisconsin

MASCOT: Warriors

FFA ADVISOR: Tari Costello

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR DYLON POKORNY:

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

Dylon’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: tcostello@waupun.k12.wi.us

Waupun Area High School Telephone Number: 920-324-9341

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 323: How To Turn Your Neighbor’s Lawn Into An ATV | FFA SAE Edition | Will Campbell | Southern Guilford High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING WILL CAMPBELL!

I was recently in North Carolina speaking at an SAE camp.  When I polled the advisors that I was speaking to about their students’ entrepreneurship projects a lot of them told me that their students had lawn care businesses.

A lawn care business seems to be very common, and I absolutely love this business.  It is so basic that you start off by mowing somebody else’s lawn for them.  But as you develop you skills you can add on additional services and increase your revenue.  You can scale your equipment and grow your business while creating jobs for other people.  When the business reaches a certain level you can sell it and realized the equity that you have been building.  It is a great model.

Our guest today is from North Carolina and has a lawn mowing business.  Ironically, he and his advisor were not involved in the SAE camp where I spoke.

Will Campbell decided that he wanted an atv.  His folks said that is fine but you will have to figure out how to pay for it.  That is when he started mowing lawn for his neighbors.  With only three customers as clients, Will has been able to save enough and buy his first atv.  Now he is saving for an even bigger one!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Landscape Maintenance

HIGH SCHOOL: Southern Guilford High School, Greensboro, North Carolina

MASCOT: The Storm

FFA ADVISOR: Brad Hensley

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR WILL CAMPBELL:

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

Garrett Venable High School

Will’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: hensleb@gcsnc.com

Southern Guilford High School Telephone Number: 336-674-4250

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 322: Hunting Ducks For A Living And Getting Free Diesel Technician Training | FFA SAE Edition | Rob Piatt | Wheatland Union High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING ROB PIATT!

Our guest today is living kind of an outdoorsman’s dream life.  Rob Piatt works on the hunting ranch that his father manages outside of Wheatland, California.  Rob gets to spend his days helping clients hunt, setting up decoys, cleaning birds and everything else that comes with a membership duck club.

Rob has a ton of talent and is driven.  He has received a sponsorship from Holt Caterpillar in Stockton, California to attend San Joaquin Delta College and study to be a diesel technician.  

Rob is learning a ton at the duck club about serving customers and identifying their needs.  Soon he will be able to combine that knowledge with knowledge about fixing diesel engines.  The combination will take Rob anywhere he wants to go!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Wildlife Management

HIGH SCHOOL: Wheatland Union High School; Wheatland, California

MASCOT: Pirates

FFA ADVISOR: Ellie Landers, Jeff McGill & Melissa Taylor

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ROB PIATT:

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

Rob’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: elanders@wheatlandhigh.org

Wheatland Union High School Telephone Number: (530) 633-3100

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 320: Participating In Grandpa’s Lifelong Dream | FFA SAE Edition | Dylan Caveness | Southern Guilford High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

INTRODUCING DYLAN CAVENESS!

There seems to be at least one thing in every interview that jumps out and resonates with me above everything else.  Our guest today has a passion for beef production, which is something that that two of us have in common.  But what jumped out to me today was how this came about for him.

Dylan Caveness comes to us from Greensboro, North Carolina and he has a beef production SAE.  He works and raises cattle with his grandfather.  What jumped out to me in this interview is when I asked Dylan how long his family had been raising cattle.  He told me that his grandfather had just begun.  He said that grandpa had a lifelong dream of raising his own cattle, and he never gave up on that dream.

Finally grandpa had his own place and his own cattle.  Dylan discovered the same passion almost immediately, and has been pursuing this life right along side his grandfather ever since.  You never know when you are going to do something that is significant for the next generation.  Hats off to Dylan’s grandfather and Dylan too!

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Beef Production

HIGH SCHOOL: Southern Guilford High School, Greensboro, North Carolina

MASCOT: The Storm

FFA ADVISOR: Brad Hensley

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR DYLAN CAVENESS:

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

Garrett Venable High School

Dylan’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: hensleb@gcsnc.com

Southern Guilford High School Telephone Number: 336-674-4250

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 319: How To Make Money With A Waterskiing Business | FFA SAE Edition | Emily Sampson | Lincoln High School FFA

SHOW NOTES

Introducing Emily Sampson! 

Every now and then on this show I run across a business that you would really just think is a fantasy.  Yet, here is somebody who is doing it and doing it well.  These are the kinds of businesses that a million people have sat around saying “I wish I could do this for a living” and then comes along someone with the vision and courage to actually do it.

I am writing this on a Sunday afternoon in July.  I can imagine that there are thousands of people just his afternoon, right now, lounging on ski boats or unhappily loading up their boats to drive home from the lake and prepare for work tomorrow.  So many of these folks are thinking or saying out loud that they wish they could just water ski and spend every day on the lake.  Our guest today has figured out how to do that.

Emily Sampson is a professional water skier and comes from a family with a tradition of loving being on the water.  Her father teaches people how to water ski as a side business, and now she is part of this work.  Emily plans on taking it to the next level and would love to see herself doing this full time at some point.  My fingers are crossed that she can.

Her time in the FFA has given her the ability to see what she is doing through the lens of agriculture.  She understands the importance of the water that she skis on as a resource for farmers and sees how what she does educates people about the importance of the resource and creates a more sustainable system.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Running A Waterskiing School

HIGH SCHOOL: Lincoln High School; Lincoln, California

MASCOT: Zebras

FFA ADVISOR: Morgan Perry

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR EMILY SAMPSON:

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Emily’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 

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