Mon, 26 Sep 2022 07:52:58 CDT
The 2022 Oklahoma FFA Star in Ag Placement is Austin Smith, a member of the Hydro-Eakly FFA. He is also the Southwest Area Star in Agricultural Placement.
Smith was named the statewide Star in Ag Placement during the Wednesday afternoon General Session of the 96th Annual Convention of the Oklahoma FFA in Tulsa.
Smith and the other State Stars over Oklahoma will each receive $23,673 in scholarships or capital grant funds through a $3.2 million gift from the Carl C. Anderson Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation. The late Carl C. Anderson, after whom the State Star awards are now named, was born in Naples, Oklahoma, in 1911. One of 10 children, he dropped out of high school to earn money and support his family. From those modest beginnings, the Anderson Corp. grew across the country as well as in Canada and South America.
After his name was called out- a video produced by Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Senior Farm and Ranch Broadcaster Ron Hays and JD Rosman with the Oklahoma Youth Expo. Watch that salute by clicking on the play button in the video box below.
Smith’s project involved working for his father’s operation, Smith Farms, south of Weatherford, Okla.
From driving a tractor to building fence, Smith said he plays a large role in the day-to-day operation of Smith farms.
Smith describes his responsibilities to vary throughout the year.
“In the spring time, there is a lot of tractor driving from spraying grass, to cutting hay,” Smith said. “In the summer, we spray the crop with the sprayer and plant rye in the fall, which goes into the cattle feeding and breeding.”
Smith says he has a younger brother who works along side him and may follow in his footsteps with the project one day.
“I plan to take off to Fort Hays, Kansas and shoot some trap and get an agronomy degree there,” Smith said. “Then, make my way back here and make my own operation like this with forage production and cattle production.”
Click here for all the information available about the 2022 State FFA Convention as found on the Oklahoma FFA website.
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