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Farm Experience Puts Garrett Sharp of Waukomis FFA Up For National Star Award

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:58:23 CDT

Farm Experience Puts Garrett Sharp of Waukomis FFA Up For National Star Award

Hard work and dedication is paying off for Garrett Sharp of the Waukomis FFA Chapter. His Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project has helped him gain real-life working experience in operating equipment and caring for the land while being employed at his uncle's farm. His role of the family farm became essential when
his grandfather passed away nearly six years ago.

"That was kind of my initiation," Sharp said. "That was my time to take his place and take the opportunity to farm."

Since then Sharp has taken on active role at JK Farm, a centennial farm located near Waukomis in growing wheat, canola, milo and soybeans. This allow him to gain technical skills in running the machinery, adopting new technology like Global Positioning System (GPS), while maximizing inputs like seed and fertilizer in order to maximize yields, which is necessary in striving to feed a growing global population. Through his SAE project, he has also learned to be a good steward of the land in adopting conservation practices and he has used record keeping to track nutrient and ph levels of the soil.

Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays interviewed Sharp about his FFA experience. You can hear that conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.

Since his 9th grade year Sharp has been active in the Waukomis FFA Chapter. His FFA involvement has taught him about leadership, community service, networking, and communicating with others.

Sharp will represent the state of Oklahoma as one of four finalists for the American Star of Agricultural Job Placement award at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. The announcement of the "Stars" will be made Saturday, November 1st.

The American Star Awards represent the best of the best among thousands of American FFA Degree recipients. Recognized are FFA members who have developed outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs; earned an American FFA Degree, the highest level of achievement the organization bestows upon a member; and met agricultural education, leadership and scholarship requirements.

For a full list of Oklahoma FFA members representing the state in the 87th National FFA Convention, Click Here.

Coverage of the 2014 National FFA Convention and Expo can be seen and heard on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network, OklahomaFarmReport.Com, our Daily Farm and Ranch News Email, Twitter via our Ron_on_RON feed, Facebook , FLICKR and on our Oklahoma Farm Report App- available for Apple and Andrioid Devices.

Our exclusive coverage from Louisville is a service of the Oklahoma FFA Association, the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association and your Oklahoma Ford Dealers. For more information about this youth organization, click here. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.



Ron Hays talks with Garrett Sharp ahead of the 2014 National FFA Convention in Louisville
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