OFI 353: How To Get Started With Custom Farming | FFA SAE Edition | Ty Noble | Kuna High School FFA



Our local FFA chapter, the Kuna FFA, has an auction each September to raise funds to send juniors to the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C.  Autumm, Hattie and I go every year and always really enjoy the event.

This year, when the auction was ending I was in line to pay for things I had bid on.  It was going to take a while, so I started a conversation it the woman next to me.  She told me that her son was in the chapter, and he had his own business swathing and baling hay for customers around Kuna.

It turned out that I had met Ty Noble earlier in the evening when I needed a question answered about one of the items up for bid.  Ty and his older brother are partners on a custom haying business.  It is a perfect business for our area where larger farms are being sold and broken into smaller farms.

The owners of these farms still grown grass or alfalfa hay, but their smaller size does not justify the purchase of the necessary equipment to cut and bale the hay.  Enter the custom hay business.  I know from personal experience that in our area it is a seller’s market when it comes to custom haying.  Good for Ty and his brother!


HIGH SCHOOL: Kuna High School, Kuna, Idaho

MASCOT: Kavemen

FFA ADVISOR: Joe Blackstock


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Kuna High School

Ty’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: jblackstock@kunaschools.org

Kuna High School Telephone Number: 208.955.0200


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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.”

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