FFA students graduate with real world experience

State FFA Convention (NTV News)

Future farmers, ranchers, biologists and more – as high school seniors clean out their lockers, some graduate with real world business experience.

Star finalists were honored at the State FFA Convention in April.

That includes Jessie Rudolph of Gothenburg. Her family is in the cattle business, and helped her get a start too.

“I have a cow-calf operation. I raise cattle and calves and we feed them out and they turn to beef and products for consumers to use,” she said.

Whitney Stekcel goes to school in Loup County. She too has her own herd.

She said, “I have 19 head of females and six to seven bulls I sell annually.”

Rachel Calvo of Rock County has also gotten a start in the cattle business.

“I run with my family, but I have 30 head of cattle on my own that I manage and operate and sell bulls at our sale,” she said.

Hannah Williams of Amherst has taken a different approach.

She explained, “I own 12 cows and have 35 embyros in the tank, which makes me different. My embryo program is where I’m focused on for my supervised agricultural experience.”

While Kate Osbon of Rock County took on things from a consumer’s point of view, for her FFA project.

She said, “I decided to do mine on the different in calorie intake between home cooked meals and processed meals. Home cooked meals have a lot fewer calories than processed meals.”

NTV's Grow honors these students as the Farm Youth of the Month for May, 2017. To nominate an outstanding young person involved in Nebraska agriculture, send an email with a brief summary to

You can see more coverage from the 2017 Nebraska State FFA Convention here.

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