Tieman plans to return to family farm
Ross Tieman of rural Alma joined FFA as a freshman four years ago at Santa Fe High School.
Today, the 2011 Santa Fe graduate would definitely recommend FFA to incoming freshmen.
"It's a good experience, you meet a lot of new people and learn a lot of stuff, " said Ross, the son Kent and Amy Tieman. "It's a good activity to be in."
Ross, a 2011 Santa Fe graduate, was one of seven Santa Fe members who received the State FFA Degree in April at the Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia.
Ross said he "always" knew he wanted to be part of FFA when he went to high school because he knew people already in the organization.
"It was a big deal," he said.
For his Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) Tiemen has been feeding or "backgrounding" feeder cattle with his father on their family farm. For the past two years, he has had 30 calves of his own, moving up from having 15 and 20 as a freshman and sophomore respectively. He also works at a local pig barn, helping to wash out rooms before new pigs come in.
He spends many hours feeding the cattle, which are purchased weighing about 300 pounds and then sold at about 800 pounds. It takes about eight months to get them to that size, he said.
Ross said he has learned a lot through his SAE.
"I learned feed rations and how to feed them, " he said, adding he also learned a lot more about working and marketing cattle. In addition to the cattle, Ross helps out on the farm with the row crops.
His favorite FFA activity was going to the state contest in Livestock Judging as a sophomore. He also enjoyed the time he spent on the trap shooting team. Other CDE (Career Development Event) teams he was on include Agronomy as a junior and Ag Mechanics as a senior.
Last year Ross won third place in Area 6 for Beef Entrepreneurship proficiency.
In school, Ross played football, basketball and baseball. He served as president of his class for four years and was a member of the Chiefs Club and National Honor Society.
His community activities include being a member of Trinity Lutheran, where he serves as an usher and also being a member of the Alma 4-H club.
His hobbies include playing sports, fishing, hunting and farming.
This fall, he will attend Northwest Missouri State in Maryville to major in Agriculture Science or Agriculture Business. He hopes to come back and farm and "maybe have another agriculturally related job on the side."