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Under the Hood- A look at Oklahoma's Star Farmer of America Candidate- Travis Schnaithman

Tue, 21 Oct 2008 21:09:16 CDT

Under the Hood- A look at Oklahoma's Star Farmer of America Candidate- Travis Schnaithman One of the real "stars" here in Indianapolis this week at the 81st Annual National Convention of the FFA hails from Garber, Oklahoma- Travis Schnaithman is one of the four Star Farmer of America Finalists that will be judged on Thursday of this week, with the Star Farmer of America to be named Saturday morning, just ahead of the American Degree ceremony that will be held in the brand new football stadium here in downtown Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium.

Travis believes he has a well diversified farm program that will be looked at by the judges this week- and that includes wheat, alfalfa, soybeans, cow-calf and sheep all in the mix. One element shows that Schnaithman is working on putting a program in place that will support him as he graduates from OSU and returns to Garfield County to farm- and that is the idea that he is striving to be a price maker instead of a price taker.Forexample, he told us that he is growing certified seed wheat on at least some of his wheat acres and that he is packaging his alfalfa hay to be able to market it at a premium to local horse owners.

He visited with us about the legacy that has pushed him to be all that he can be in FFA- as a State Star Farmer, as State President and now as a finalist for the Star Farmer of America. That legacy includes a strong class of FFA achievers that he went through school with at Garber High, the support of his ag education teacher and the fact that both his dad and grandpa were active and successful in FFA proved to be an inspiration.

Our complete conversation with Travis Schnaithman of Garber FFA is available to hear by clicking below on the Listen Bar



Ron Hays visits with Star Farmer of America Finalist Travis Schnaithman
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