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Jacob Sprague named State Star Farmer in Placement

Category: People

by Michigan FFA Association; Farm News Media

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Parents: Matthew and Ginnie Sprague

City: Durand

FFA Chapter: Durand

Supervised Agricultural Experience

My major SAE in placement consists of working at Davenport Farms and Sprague Farms. As well as working on those two farms, I raise 4-H calves, cut firewood, and spent time working in Wyoming. I have also started my own hay business, which currently consists of 25 acres.

I have worked for three years at Davenport Farms, a 60-cow dairy and 1,800-acre cash-crop operation. While there, I’m in charge of all the chores and have responsibility for overall animal health. I also assisted with planting and harvesting, among other things.

I started working at Sprague Farms at a very young age. Currently, I am in charge of judging soil conditions for tillage and help with planting and harvesting.

My SAE also includes the time I spent working in Pinedale, Wyoming, for five weeks in the summer of 2017. While I was in Wyoming, I worked on a cattle ranch and a post yard. At the cattle ranch, I fixed fences, branded cattle, helped treat sick cattle, and many other tasks.

Objective

My career goal is to obtain a career related to agriculture with a focus on studying crop and soil science. Crop and soil science has always been an intriguing field for me.

Agricultural Classes/Coursework

I am currently taking classes in independent ag business and independent mechanical technology. During my junior year, I took ag business and mechanical technology as well. The independent studies have allowed more in-depth class work involving business and management skills and being in charge of constructing my own projects.

FFA Leadership

I am currently the Durand FFA Chapter president. I’ve also held the position as the second vice president. I’ve also attended the Region IV Leadership camp in 2017 and 2018. In addition, I attended our chapter officer event; participated in leadership contests for three years, which allowed me to develop my leadership skills; and I recently attended the 360 Fall Leadership Conference.

FFA Activities

As a seventh and eighth grader, I was a member of a state level Junior High Conduct of Meetings. I’ve also participated in the Greenhand Conduct of Meeting and various job interview contests. For three years, I competed in the Ag Mechanics Skills contest and was announced as the state winner in 2018. Also, I competed at the National FFA Convention in 2018. As an officer, I attended Region IV Officer Camp in the spring of 2017 and 2018.

Community Service

I have volunteered numerous community hours at the Saint Mary’s Church in Durand bagging food for the needy. I’ve also provided 20 hours of service at the fairgrounds doing landscaping, setting up/tear down of panels, hauling manure, and setting up horse stalls.

School and Extracurricular Involvement

I am a member of the National Honor Society and a captain on my school’s varsity football team.

Awards and Honors

I have received two scholarships from the University of Northwestern Ohio for agriculture mechanics. I have been named student of the week in the Argus-Press. This past year, I was awarded second team all-conference for my play as a linebacker. During my junior year, I received the Outstanding Junior Award and was announced as Star in Agribusiness at the Region IV level.