Slade Nightengale of Cordell in the Spotlight All Week at National Convention as one of the Star Farmer FinalistsFri, 23 Oct 2009 3:42:54 CDT
Slade Nightengale of Cordell FFA has had a whirlwind of a national convention here in 2009. Two years ago, he won a National Proficiency Award in Beef Production. This year, he's reaching for the Gold Ring of the highest honor that FFA gives out annually, the coveted Star Farmer of America award. Nightengale is one of four finalists- and the results will be made known on Saturday morning. Final judging for the award happened on Thursday.
Nightengale runs the prototype of an Oklahoma stocker cattle operation in southwest Oklahoma.He runs cattle on wheat pasture in the fall and winter, will sometimes graze the wheat out- some years he will harvest the wheat for grain. He also has about 1,400 acres of permanent grass for summer grazing.
Slade says that one important lesson of this past year he has learned is that when you see the market offering you a profit, you need to lock that profit in and not try to ride the market up and down- lay your risk off when you have the opporunity.
He plans on continuing to farm in the Cordell area- and even has wedding bells in his 2010 plans.
Here in Indianapolis, his plans include being on stage Saturday morning- and he hopes to hear his name called as the 2009 Star Farmer of America.
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