During the month of April, the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and Oklahoma Farm Report are spotlighting the 17 Area Stars of Oklahoma FFA that are among the highest achievers in the organization.
The stars come from the five areas in four categories- Star in Ag Placement, Star in Agriscience, Star in Agribusiness, and Star in Agricultural Production.
This week, we spotlight the five area stars in Ag Placement in 2023.
One Star Finalist featured in the coming days from each of the categories will be named the State Star Award Winner during the 97th Oklahoma State FFA Convention coming up on May 2nd and 3rd in Tulsa, Okla.
This week, our coverage of the 2023 Oklahoma FFA Star Award Finalists continues with Ag Placement competitor Matt McGuire of the Oologah FFA chapter representing the Northeast Area.
McGuire said his project involved custom hay services for his employer, Mr. Smith. Due to the drought, McGuire said there was plenty of business.
“Mr. Smith already has a customer base built up from previous years he has done hay,” McGuire said. “We definitely got a lot more new customers looking for hay and people reaching out, and we had hay that was sold before we could even get it baled up and put on the ground.”
Responsibility and being aware of his surroundings are just a few of the elements McGuire said have been important in his project.
Following high school graduation, McGuire plans to attend a five-year school to pursue a career in commercial plumbing with Shoemaker Commercial Industries. McGuire said he also plans to continue helping Mr. Smith on the hay production side.
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