The 2009 Star Farmer of America- Slade Nightengale of Cordell FFASat, 24 Oct 2009 13:38:06 CDT
It continues to be a 2009 National Convention where everywhere you turn- an Oklahoma FFA member steps up and claims another national honor. On Saturday morning, Slade Nightengale of Cordell FFA was the latest Oklahoma success story as he was named the Star Farmer of America award from the National FFA organization. He was named the Star Farmer of America Saturday morning in Indianapolis. We have an interview with Slade from Saturday morning that our colleague Dave Russell with the Brownfield Network conducted- click on the Listen Bar below to hear his comments right after hearing his name called on the stage in Lucas Oil Stadium.
Here is the story that we had on our Blue Green Gazette from Friday about this quest to be the best by Nightengale.
Slade Nightengale of Cordell FFA has had a whirlwind of a national convention here in 2009. Two years ago, he won a National Proficiency Award in Beef Production. This year, he's reaching for the Gold Ring of the highest honor that FFA gives out annually, the coveted Star Farmer of America award. Nightengale is one of four finalists- and the results will be made known on Saturday morning. Final judging for the award happened on Thursday.
Nightengale runs the prototype of an Oklahoma stocker cattle operation in southwest Oklahoma.He runs cattle on wheat pasture in the fall and winter, will sometimes graze the wheat out- some years he will harvest the wheat for grain. He also has about 1,400 acres of permanent grass for summer grazing.
Slade says that one important lesson of this past year he has learned is that when you see the market offering you a profit, you need to lock that profit in and not try to ride the market up and down- lay your risk off when you have the opporunity.
He plans on continuing to farm in the Cordell area- and even has wedding bells in his 2010 plans.
Here in Indianapolis, his plans include being on stage Saturday morning- and he hopes to hear his name called as the 2009 Star Farmer of America.
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