INTRODUCING MATTHEW RIES!
Today’s guest is a national finalist in agricultural placement and will be competing at the National FFA Convention this year. Matthew Ries and his family farm and raise hogs in Lomira, Wisconsin. They have a very interested model of direct marketing almost all of their pork. That is upwards of 5,000 head of hogs per year that they sell directly to customers. Fascinating!
At one point Matthew and his dad had a frank discussion over what Matthew’s strengths were. They identified that agricultural mechanics were a place that needed work. So, Matthew enrolled in this program at Fox Valley Technical College and is learning proficiency in that area as well. What a great strategy!
SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Direct Marketing Of Pork
HIGH SCHOOL: Lomira High School; Lomira, Wisconsin
FFA ADVISOR: Dan Robinson
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MATTHEW RIES:
Click on the picture below to be taken to the Lomira High School Ag. Department’s website:
Matthew’s FFA Advisor’s Email Address: email@example.com
Lomira High School Telephone Number: (920) 269-4396
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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