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Every year, FFA members nationwide converge on the National FFA Convention & Expo to celebrate their accomplishments and find inspiration for their next steps.

Farm Broadcaster & intern Alex Voichoskie is working as part of the news team at this year’s convention and she shares reports with us.

Weston Svoboda, another Nebraska FFA State Vice President, shares his experience as a State FFA officer…

 

Sam Wilkins, who serves as the Nebraska FFA State Vice President, tell us about the FFA day of service…

 

Casey Gathje is NCTA’s assistant recruiter. She discusses how they’re interacting with FFA members at convention…

 

Miranda Hornung is a sophomore at UNL and a National Teach Ag Ambassador…

 

Garret Talcott one of only four in the nation to be named as an American Star Farmer finalist. He shares about his SAE and involvement in the community.

 

 

Gothenburg FFA Chapter Reporter Maggie Aden shares about their chapter’s activities.

 

As a member of the Palmyra FFA Chapter in Nebraska, Garret Talcott has loved riding tractors and raising livestock his entire life, starting his career in farm work when he was only around 6 years old.

“I’ve always grown up on the farm here,” Talcott said. “When I was a little kid, I just drove our old open cab 3010 John Deere tractor – a little 8-foot disk that used to be my great grandpa’s. … I’d be out in the cornfields going back and forth with it.”

Talcott carried his love for farming into young adulthood, and he has seen plenty of growth in the land he farms for his supervised agricultural experience (SAE), including his usual crops and an expansion into livestock and excavating in recent years.

“We’ve expanded from about 30 or 40 acres up to 500 over the last few years,” he said. “We farm all corn and soybeans on dry land. We don’t have any irrigated out here in Nebraska.”

Talcott is only 21 years old, but he said one of his largest land expansions came about thanks to a connection with a farmer from an older generation.

“I had a farmer who was thinking about retiring,” Talcott said. “[He] had 250 acres just a few miles away from us, and he talked to the seed dealer where I get all my seeds. Wanted a younger guy to come in and take it over then and help him out, so I ended up with that, jumping up another 250 acres then from him retiring.”

Talcott’s advice to FFA members starting an SAE is never to give up.

“Just keep on trying,” he said. “Farming and stuff like that is not getting any bigger for people, it’s just getting smaller, so you just can never give up for that. Just got to keep on trying and keep on going.”

As for Talcott, he has graduated with a welding degree from Southeast Community College, and he said his farming operation will keep him plenty busy for a long time.

“Got the full works out here, then,” he said. “Never have a day to slack off. You always have something or another to do.”