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Introducing Halle Rowland of the Silo FFA Chapter, Your 2021 Southeast Area Star in Ag Placement

Wed, 07 Apr 2021 08:44:07 CDT

Introducing Halle Rowland of the Silo FFA Chapter, Your 2021 Southeast Area Star in Ag Placement 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 spotlight the five area stars in Ag Placement for 2021.

One Star Finalist featured in the coming days from each of the categories, will be named the State Star Award Winner during the 95th Oklahoma State FFA Convention coming up April 27, and 28th in Oklahoma City.

This week, our coverage of the 2021 Oklahoma FFA Star Award Finalists continues with Ag Placement competitor Halle Rowland of the Silo FFA chapter representing the Southeast Area.

Rowland's project is agricultural processing.

During her work at a family-owned local animal processing plant, Rowland has witnessed the system from the time the animal enters the plant through processing.

Over the past couple of years, people have taken the meat industry for granted and that was evident during the pandemic, she said.

The pandemic has made people realize and understand that the people who are putting meat on your plate kept working to get the nutrition you need, she said.

I have learned that hard work will get us father than we will ever understand, Rowland said.

The pandemic has taught her to expect the unexpected.

We went from selling 1,500 pounds of hamburger every two months to selling that much in 2 and half hours, she said.

Some of my favorite FFA moments include when I was a shy 8th grader competing in my first speech contest, she said.

My advisors helped me become more confident and I am thankful for what everyone has done for me, she said.

FFA has taught me to become a leader, Rowland said.

The young FFA leader plans to attend Oklahoma State University majoring in Agricultural Education and Agricultural Communications.

I love photography, she added.

For more information on the 95th Oklahoma State FFA convention click here.

Click or Tap below to hear KC Sheperd's Complete interview with Halle Rowland.


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