Introducing Nathan Ezell of the Jenks FFA Chapter, Your 2022 Northeast Area Star in AgribusinessFri, 15 Apr 2022 12:30:46 CDT
During the month of April, the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and Oklahoma Farm Report is spotlighting the 17 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 Agricultural Production.
This week, we spotlight the five area stars in Agribusiness in 2022.
One Star Finalist featured in the coming days from each of the categories, will be named the State Star Award Winner during the 96th Oklahoma State FFA Convention coming up May 3 and 4th in Tulsa, Okla.
This week, our coverage of the 2022 Oklahoma FFA Star Award Finalists begins with Agribusiness competitor Nathan Ezell of the Jenks FFA chapter representing the Northeast Area.
Ezell's project involved his self-made business, EZ Metalworks.
"It is a business I have built basically from the ground up over the course of my agriculture education experience," Ezell said. "I do everything from pipe fencing, custom gates, custom barns, and just anything you can think of that is made out of metal."
His inspiration for this project, Ezell said, started from working on my grandpa's cattle ranch.
"Before I was an 8th grader in the FFA at all, I had kind of got interested in the welding process, and decided that was something I wanted to pursue," Ezell said. "When I found out that could be part of my FFA experience, I jumped right on it and I built a welding shop at my house which started to grow from there, to now having a successful business."
Ezell is grateful for the help of his family and ag teaches for aiding him in the growth of his business and their support through his project.
"I plan to keep this business going," Ezell said. "I am going to OSU next year to pursue a mechanical engineering degree, and I hope I can keep that going over the summers and then after getting that degree maybe, use it as part of the business."
Ezell would like to eventually start making of the custom barns instead of the smaller projects where he can use his engineering background to help design the custom barns for customers.
"Anyone that you ask in my FFA Chapter can tell you that when I was in 8th grade, I was quiet and didn't really get involved in much," Ezell said. "By the time I was in my freshman year, I decided, you know, I am going to get my hands in anything I possibly can, and I truly believe FFA has changed my life."
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