William Maltbie of Burlington Claims 2015 American Star in Agribusiness at 2015 National FFA ConventionSat, 31 Oct 2015 22:01:38 CDT
Thursday evening at the 2015 National FFA Convention saw William Maltbie chalk up another National Championship as he winds down his eight year FFA career. And, it was his biggest yet, as the National FFA Organization named Maltbie their 2015 American Star in Agribusiness.
Soon after he heard his name called out on stage at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky- the OSU Senior talked with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays- who has talked with Maltbie at eacah of the National Conventions where he has won a national title. That dates back to 2010, when he won the first of three National Proficiency Awards. You can click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear their conversation after the American Star Award was handed to Maltbie.
Going back eight years- when the 22 year old began his first agricultural education class, he just had a push mower and a few other pieces of lawn equipment he used to take care of his neighbors' lawns. Before long, his FFA advisor suggested he turn that into a business. Maltbie followed that advice and soon Maltbie Mowing was born, and today it is flourishing.
Maltbie's entrepreneurial spirit has resulted in him being named the 2015 American Star in Agribusiness, one of the most prestigious honors awarded to a student by the National FFA Organization.
Today, Maltbie Mowing is a full-service lawn care business that serves more than 50 clients in six communities. From a turf-grass management aspect, Maltbie provides clients with customized mowing solutions. In addition to mowing, he conducts soil testing and grass analysis.
Along with having a successful lawn care service, Maltbie was active in his FFA chapter, including public speaking and agri-entrepreneurship contests. He says that thanks to FFA, he has been able to increase his knowledge of the agricultural and business sectors.
Starting his own agribusiness led Maltbie to pursue a degree in agribusiness with an option in plant and soil sciences from Oklahoma State University.
Maltbie told Hays that his plan is to wrap up his degree program at Oklahoma State University- return to Burlington- solidify his business in that part of the state- find a foreman to run his business in that area- and look at moving to a regional city like Oklahoma City where he would like to develop a full service lawn consulting and mowing business.
He also told Ron that he was very grateful for the FFA and the tremendous education and leadership development it has provided him.
Each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo, four FFA members are honored with an American Star Award for outstanding accomplishments in FFA and agricultural education.
The American Star Awards, including the American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience, are awarded to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of a supervised agricultural experience program.
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