OFI 356: How To Run A Beef Stocker Operation….And Much More | FFA SAE Edition | Jake Fanning | Laverne High School FFA

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INTRODUCING JAKE FANNING!

Today we profile another amazing FFA entrepreneur.  Jake Fanning is a finalist for the 2017 Star Farmer Award at the FFA National Convention. I was lucky enough to be assigned to interview him, and I wanted to profile his accomplishments right here for you as well as the radio show “FFA Today”.

Jake is finishing his bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma State University and then heading to law school.  He has already done a ton, and I suspect there is a ton more to come with this young man.

In high school Jake started his own beef stocker operation, building it to the point that he was taking out an over $300,000 operating loan each year.  During this time, in conjunction with his family, he started “The Beef Project“, which is a non-profit designed to help less fortunate folks be able to consume beef and so much more.

When natural disaster struck in 2017 in the form of a wildfire the size of Rhode Island that struck Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, Jake and his family stepped in to help their community.  They were able to raise over $20,000 for wildfire relief.  Jake is an absolutely fantastic young man and is evidence of what is possible when talent and the FFA meet.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Beef Stocker Operation

HIGH SCHOOL: Laverne High School; Laverne, Oklahoma

MASCOT: Tigers

FFA ADVISOR: Jim Culp

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR JAKE FANNING:

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

The Beef Project Facebook Page: LINK

The Beef Project Website: LINK

Jake’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: LINK

Laverne High School Telephone Number: 580-921-3361

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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