Meet Your 2018 Northeast FFA Star in Agribusiness, Jesse Rader of the Oologah FFA ChapterFri, 20 Apr 2018 15:54:34 CDT
During the month of April, the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and Oklahoma Farm Report is spotlighting the twenty Area Stars of Oklahoma FFA that are among the highest achievers in the organization. The stars come from the five areas in four categories- Star in Ag Placement, Star in Agriscience, Star in Agribusiness and Star in Production Agriculture. This week, we are spotlighting the five area stars in Agribusiness, who will compete for the State Star Award in Agribusiness during the Oklahoma State FFA Convention coming up May 1-2, 2018 in Oklahoma City.
We end this week with your Northeast Area Star in Agribusiness, Jesse Rader of the Oologah FFA Chapter. Rader operates a diverse farming operation including beef and dairy cattle, poultry, produce, pecans and bees. Rader is hard-pressed when it comes to picking a favorite part of his business, but says bees are probably one of the most interesting that he is involved with.
“A lot of people don’t think about bees as being a part of agriculture, but they are cool to have,” he says. “I lease out my beehives to four different states across the country - California, Texas, Minnesota and Oklahoma. I pull honey off them in Minnesota and Oklahoma. California is strictly for almonds. Texas is just for wildflowers and hayfields. In Minnesota, I pollinate canola and clover and back in Oklahoma, it’s just whatever is left at the end of the growing season.”
When it comes to running his business, Rader says his secret to success is two-fold.
“One is, you’ve got to spend money to make money,” he remarked. “But, time management is also huge. You’ve got to stay on top of stuff to make sure you keep everything in prime working condition to maximize your profit margins.”
Through his participation in public speaking events, livestock judging and agriscience in the FFA - Rader says he has learned how to better interact with people and says it has helped him to develop a strong work ethic.
After high school, Rader plans to attend Rogers State University in Claremore, Okla. where he has a full-ride scholarship. He plans to then transfer to Oklahoma State University and pursue a graduate degree in Animal Science with aspirations of becoming an embryologist.
You can hear his entire conversation with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, by clicking or tapping on the LISTEN BAR below.
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