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




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


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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


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  • 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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