OFI 017: FFA SAE Edition | Katie Pinke | Cows Not Required: 7 Reasons Your Kids Should Participate In FFA


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OFI 017: FFA SAE Edition | Katie Pinke | Cows Not Required: 7 Reasons Your Kids Should Participate In FFA

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Katie Pinke is the creator and producer of The Pinke Post, a blog about family, food, farming and living on the prairie.  Katie has worked in agricultural communications in the past and has used that experience to grow her blog to high levels as well as become a public speaker in this arena.  Katie profiles women in agriculture every November with a new blog post every day.

In February of 2015 Katie wrote a post called “Cows Not Required: 7 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Participate In FFA.”  In this article Katie lists many positive reasons that kids should participate in FFA, citing her experience hiring FFA members in the professional world and seeing the difference that participation in FFA had made.  This article received significant attention, and is how I discovered Katie.  After reading it, it was apparent that she should be the interview I conducted to introduce the new FFA SAE segment to the Off Farm Income Podcast.

Katie’s son Hunter is currently in FFA in their small town home in North Dakota.  He is participating in an SAE project, and he is interviewed in an upcoming episode as well.  Katie is a wealth of information and inspiration, and I hope you enjoy the episode.


The Pinke Post 

“Cows Not Required”

Women in Agriculture

Katie’s Facebook Page

Katie’s Twitter Link: @katpinke


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.


  • 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 


4 thoughts on “OFI 017: FFA SAE Edition | Katie Pinke | Cows Not Required: 7 Reasons Your Kids Should Participate In FFA

  1. Wonderful blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you suggest starting with a free platform like
    Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m totally overwhelmed ..
    Any ideas? Bless you!

    • As an “aspiring writer” how much have you written already? Are you writing for fun daily, regardless of who reads it? It sounds like you don’t already have a blog, which leads me to believe that you have a dream of being a writer but have not started yet. My advice is —- Start! Get a free WordPress account and start writing. Don’t focus on anything but the writing. Don’t worry about promoting your blog, making it pretty, etc. Just write and see if it is something that you cannot go a day without doing. If so, you are on to something.

      Here is your reading assignments:

      Start by John Acuff
      The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

      Good luck to you!

    • Thank you very much Katie. I love doing it! I was just thinking the other day of how many podcasts get started and the fizzle after a few episodes. I cannot imagine not doing this, so that is a good thing.

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