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Introducing Parker Symes of the Yukon FFA Chapter, Your 2022 Southwest Area Star in Agribusiness

Wed, 20 Apr 2022 09:42:42 CDT

Introducing Parker Symes of the Yukon FFA Chapter, Your 2022 Southwest Area Star in Agribusiness 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 continues with Agribusiness competitor Parker Symes of the Yukon FFA chapter representing the Southwest Area.

Symes project involved buying and selling feeder pigs and butcher hogs.

"What I do is, I buy them and sell them for a profit," Symes said.

Symes said he first bought a few hogs to help out some people and it grew into a larger business over time. He is grateful for the help of his dad, he said, who helped him with the paperwork and shared his knowledge concerning how to take care of the hogs.

Symes said when someone needs to sell or butcher a hog, they will call him to come pick them up.

"We have people call us up and say they have a couple of hogs for us to come get, so we will get them, then sell them," Symes said. "I also have a lot of butcher dates reserved for people and I will drop the hog off at butcher dates."

Business is steady, Symes said, as he has pick-ups on the schedule lined up for the next week.

"My favorite moment in FFA was definitely when I raised a show-steer and made the sale at OYE with it," Symes said. "I have made sale at OYE three times throughout the years."

Symes said he would like to go to college to work toward becoming a state trooper. This summer, he said he plans to continue his business.

Click here for all the information available about the 2022 State FFA Convention as found on the Oklahoma FFA website.

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Our stories from the 2022 Oklahoma FFA Convention will be located on our website within our Blue Green Gazette pages- and stories from this year and last can be seen by clicking here.



KC Sheperd talks with Parker Symes about the 2022 Oklahoma FFA Convention in Tulsa
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