INTRODUCING BLAKE KIRCHHOFF!
Blake Kirchhoff was on the Off-Farm Income Podcast not too long ago in episode #380. At that time I was speaking with him about his 2017 National Proficiency Award in forage production. Now he is back on the show as an American Star Winner! He was named the 2020 American Star in Agribusiness due to his incredible success with this hay business. I am very excited for Blake and always excited when a previous guest reaches these heights!
Below are the show notes from his first appearance on the show:
PREVIOUS EPISODE SHOW NOTES:
The FFA is unbelievable, and this week just proves that. My two FFA guests this week have to be two of the most incredible students in the country. Both are in their first year of college now, and I cannot think of another organization in the country that kind attract raw talent like this, develop it and put it on display.
Blake Kirchhoff is the second guest of this week to blow me away. Following Eric Porter in episode #379 is not easy to do, but Blake is up to the task.
At age 14 Blake started his SAE in FFA. He wanted to do something that was all his own. So, in spite of the fact that his father and grandfather were experienced row crop farmers, he decided to start a custom hay swathing business. He chose this because nobody in his family knew anything about it, so he had to learn it all on his own. In his words, this gave him the opportunity to test his abilities.
Blake also discovered a niche in his community. Nobody was baling small bales of hay any more and researched whether or not anyone could use them any longer. His research showed him that his hunch was correct, and he started baling small bales. Now he is pairing up farmers with too many small bales with folks who need them. His idea worked!
SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Custom Swathing Business
HIGH SCHOOL: Superior High School; Superior, Nebraska
FFA ADVISOR: Seth Going
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR BLAKE KIRCHHOFF:
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Superior High School's Telephone Number: 402-879-3257
National FFA Organization
Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE's)
Donate to FFA - One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000. In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants. With your donations, more students can get this head start - pay it forward.
REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA:
Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world. FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food.
Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation. The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth.
Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store:
“The future of American agriculture depends on the involvement and investment in America’s youth, In order to prepare for the population of tomorrow, we need to encourage America’s youth today, and show that careers in agriculture are profitable, rewarding, and vital.”.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue
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