OFI 1249: Building A Unique Farm Business From The Ground Up | FFA SAE Edition | Jill Uken | Mohamet-Seymour High School FFA
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Our guest today knows the meaning of a legacy, the meaning of hard work and the reward of seeing your hard work turn into revenue. Jill Uken is a 3rd generation FFA student whose grandfather's membership inspired her and her brothers to join. Jill also witnessed the sweet potato business that her older brother started when he was in the FFA, and she decided to carry it forward.
Today, Jill is getting a lot of attention for her project, but it has not come without hard work from everybody in her family. Whether it was the planting of the 500 sweet potato plants, the weed control or the harvesting everyone found out what farming was like prior to the use of mechanized equipment. That is precisely because they don't have any! Illinois is not a place where you would expect to find sweet potato farmers, so there is no harvesting or planting equipment available to rent or borrow. Everything Jill and her family are doing, is done by hand! Learn more about Jill in today's show.