Thu, 20 Oct 2022 10:45:22 CDT
Hundreds of Oklahoma FFA members dressed in their blue and gold are headed to Indianapolis in the days ahead for the 95th National Convention of the FFA organization. One of those representing Oklahoma is Caleb Horne from the Morrison FFA Chapter. He is the Oklahoma-prepared public speech contest representative for the state in 2022.
The people in the FFA organization, Horne said, are what make it special to him. Horne said his FFA speaking career began with saying the FFA creed, but he has also been incredibly active in many other contests within the organization throughout his time in the FFA.
The reason Horne said he was interested in giving public speaking a try started with listening to his preacher in church.
“Growing up and hearing my preacher every Sunday- I always thought that may be something I may want to do in the future,” Horne said.
Having the ability to speak in front of a crowd and do it well, Horne said, is something he knows will come in handy for the rest of his life.
Horne was elected to serve as an Oklahoma state FFA officer from 2022 to 2023.
“State office has been amazing,” Horne said. “Everything I ever expected and more. Like I said, the people are my passion in this organization, and connecting with them and being able to not only grow yourself but grow together with other people.”
Being a state officer, Horne said, has given him the responsibility and opportunity to make connections and grow himself.
“These students- these FFA members are the future of Oklahoma,” Horne said. “So being able to serve and not only grow yourself but grow the future leaders of Oklahoma is absolutely an incredible opportunity that I am very excited and fortunate to have received.”
Horne’s state-winning speech is about the sequestration of carbon.
“My speech is about carbon sequestration and carbon sequestration banks that are being established,” Horne said. “Basically, what is happening is farmers using these carbon sequestration methods- no-till, low till farming, cover cropping, crop rotation, using all of those, they are able actually to contract more carbon into their soil.”
These carbon banks, Horne said, are paying farmers to do so and the speech is about establishing those banks.
To see the FFA members and Chapters to be recognized at the 95th National FFA Convention takign place in Indianapolis next week, click here.
Click the LISTEN BAR below to hear Ron’s conversation with Caleb Horne as he prepares to represent Oklahoma in Indianapolis with his prepared speech.