State FFA Degree winner: Tieman: Opportunities to learn abound in FFA
Chad Tieman, of rural Alma, has worked on his family farm since he was little. When he entered Santa Fe High School it seemed like a good idea to join FFA.
"I just decided -- thought I'd have some good opportunities to get involved in some things through FFA," he said.
Tieman, the son of Kent and Amy Tieman, is one of four Santa Fe FFA members who received the State FFA Degree in April at the Missouri FFA Convention.
Being an FFA member, and taking ag classes, has helped Tieman learn a variety of different things.
"Through classes with the FFA, I've learned differnet techniques and information about woodworking and welding, crops and livestock," he said.
The chance to learn is just one of the reasons Tieman said he would recommend FFA to incoming students.
"I think everybody needs to get involved with agriculture and the FFA has great opportunites to learn about it and to do activities within it, such as contests," he said. "It's just a good program I think."
As his Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE), Tieman backgrounds cattle.
"I buy cattle from sale barns when they are 275-325 pounds and I feed them out until they are about 800 pounds," he said, adding he took care of 30 steers last year.
He also helps his father and other farmers bale hay, take care of hogs and other farm chores.
"You learn a lot of responsibility and I've learned a lot with crops like when to plant, what all we have to do, how to plant, how to bale hay, when to cut it, feed rations and working cattle," he said. Last year he helped put up almost 2,500 square bales of hay for his farm, as well as putting up more for other farmers.
In FFA, he has been on the Livestock and Forestry teams for two years each and served as junior reporter one year. He has been awarded a proficiency award for Beef Entrepreneurship. His favorite FFA activity has been being a member of the FFA Trapshooting team.
He also keeps busy playing basketball, baseball and football for Santa Fe. He is a member of Alma 4-H, shows cattle and participates in shooting sports.
He is a member and usher at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alma.
In his spare time, Tieman likes to hunt, fish and trap.
This fall he plans to attend the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg to major in Biology or Ag Business.