OK FFA Member Tyler Schnaithman Shooting for the Stars at Upcoming National FFA ConventionThu, 06 Oct 2016 16:45:58 CDT
The 89th Annual National FFA Convention will be kicking off soon in Indianapolis this year. Gearing up for the convention are two American Star finalists from Oklahoma - Garrett Yerigan of the Pryor FFA Chapter for American Star in Agribusiness, and Tyler Schnaithman of the Garber FFA Chapter competing for the American Star Farmer award. Farm Director Ron Hays had the opportunity to speak with Schnaithman and learn a bit more about his achievements in agriculture as he prepares for his trip to the convention.
“Well my journey in production ag really started in eighth grade,” Schnaithman said. “I was given the opportunity to acquire seven acres of cropland and really started out with primarily a sheep project.”
Schnaithman recalls beginning his supervised agricultural experience, or ‘SAE,’ with 10 Suffolk and Hampshire ewes.
“Since that time I’ve really diversified and changed my operation and now, more of primary focus is with wheat, canola, double-crop soybeans, corn and alfalfa and also have a bred heifer development program on the side as well,” Schnaithman said.
Schnaithman says that although he has transitioned some, he still continues to operate under the same basic principles that he learned during his eighth grade year in agricultural education, managing an accurate record keeping system that helps to keep him and his enterprise on track.
Winning this award, would cap-off a very successful career in FFA. Schnaithman served as a state FFA officer and has competed in national public speaking contests both in the Creed contest and in prepared public speaking. He currently attends Oklahoma State University as a senior and plans to return to the family farm after graduating.
You can listen to Ron Hays’ entire conversation with American Star Farmer Finalist Tyler Schnaithman about his journey in production agriculture, by clicking or tapping on the LISTEN BAR below.
Schnaithman will also be joining Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays for his weekly In the Field segment on KWTV News9 in the Oklahoma City area on Saturday morning at 6:40 a.m.
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