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


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!


HIGH SCHOOL: Meridian High School, Meridian, Idaho

MASCOT: Warriors

FFA ADVISOR: Elizabeth Russell


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

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

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


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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


  • 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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