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Cheyenne – On April 6, the Wyoming FFA Association honored Makenna Greenwald, a senior from the Torrington-Lingle FFA Chapter with the Wyoming State Star in Agribusiness for her superior work in her custom swathing business.

Greenwald comments, “This means a lot to me. It was only three years ago that I watched my sister win this award on stage. We’ve been running this business together for many years, and it’s been a really long time and a lot of work that we put into it.”

Greenwald’s parents Ed and Tami farm in Goshen County, as well, operating Ed Greenwald Farms, Inc.

Her own business

Greenwald and her sister Kaylee started a custom swathing business when they were looking for an option to keep themselves busy in the summer.

“By owning and operating a custom swathing business in a farming valley, I have been able to provide a service to my family farm and local farms,” she says. “I operate and maintain my swather to cut hay for our customers, and I manage all of the records, finances and inventory for my business.”

She has grown and developed the business through the years to meet the needs of a growing consumer base and the extensive farming industry in Goshen County.

Challenges

Growing her business hasn’t been easy, though.

“The single greatest challenge I have faced in my business has been planning for each season and the amount of acres we will have cut,” Greenwald explains. “Customers may change their plan for their fields and be on a rotation each year.”

Managing cash flow and scheduling of customers can be a challenge, particularly when also factoring in sports camps and judging practices.

“In the winter, I am also a full-time high school students as well as being heavily involved in sports and FFA,” she says. “All of these activities make it very difficult to be available all the time to cut fields and check cattle.”

To overcome the challenges, however, she works to maintain a positive relationship with each of her customers to maintain open lines of communication and plan for the future.

“I have tackled every challenge with a positive attitude, and I am eager for the future and what challenges lay ahead,” Greenwald notes.

Accomplishments

While she sees challenges, Greenwald also sees the fruits of her hard work.

“My biggest accomplishment in my business was getting started,” Greenwald explains. “Sometimes the biggest challenge is just being able to take the first steps. My sister and I decided to start this business together, and she has always been there to help.”

After making a plan, they made a lease-to-own agreement with her father to acquire a sickle swather, she began growing her business.

“Our next accomplishment was being efficient with production,” Greenwald continues. “The first swather we bought was a great investment, but when we acquired more customers, we needed an upgrade.”

They gradually developed the business to purchase a rotary disc swather, which has allowed them to continue growing.

On the side

In addition to running their custom farming operation, Greenwald invested in a series of short-term bred cows to calve in the spring.

“This was a big monetary investment that brought on a lot of responsibility,” she explains. “I was very proud of the risk that I chose to take to reap more reward and grow as a businesswoman.”

Greenwald continues to explain that she obtained her first loan to purchase cows, which was a huge accomplishment in her life.

“Investing in a different venture spreads out the risk that I have,” she says. “From this experience, I now have a grasp on financing, different types of investments and managing the health of cattle.”

Next steps

Greenwald’s involvement in FFA opened her eyes to the world of meats and livestock judging, in addition to the production agriculture.

“We judged at JBS headquarters, and I found that really interesting,” she says. “I want to get an ag business degree and work for a company like JBS in marketing to talk about the impacts of the agriculture industry.”

She will attend the University of Wyoming in the fall of 2017.

FFA impacts

“FFA has played a huge role in my life,” Greenwald says, highlighting her advisor, Jason Groene as an important figure in her life.

“Mr. Groene has been a great advisor and always encouraged my sister and I to grow our business,” she continues.  “Even at a young age, we still had contact with him as our advisor. We weren’t even in FFA yet.”

As she grew older and continued to develop the business, she recognizes that FFA has played a major role in her success.

“FFA helped develop the business aspect of this project,” Greenwald emphasizes. “It’s not just farming.”

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Cheyenne – Cheyenne East High School FFA students decided to expand their swine production program at the high school by providing more opportunities for youth to get involved in the agriculture industry.

“We started Catch-a-Pig this year,” says Frontier FFA Chapter President Addysen Rosner. “We’ve had a breeding swine project for the last couple of years, and we’re finally able to start this.”

The Catch-a-Pig program will help first and second year swine showmen get started in the industry.

“We really wanted to promote the swine industry in Laramie County,” Rosner explains. “The best way to do that is to eliminate the starting costs for kids, since it’s very expensive to get started.”

Inside the program

Catch-a-Pig begins with local business sponsorships for the purchase of a hog.

“Kids who are interested will submit an application, and we’ll go through those applications,” Rosner says. “We’ll select a certain number of students, depending on the number of sponsors.”

Eligible students are between the ages of eight and 12, and they must be in their first or second year of raising swine.

The application process is in place to ensure that applicants have the facilities and financial ability to care for the animals, including food and necessary care items.

“We’re hoping to have a sponsor to provide a ‘starter’ kit for each kid, so they get a show whip, feed pan and their first bag of feed to get started,” Rosner comments.

After being selected, she continues, “They will have to catch a pig from a pen to match them with a sponsor. We’re hoping to have six pigs this year.”

Currently, Firstier Bank of Cheyenne and the Weekly family are sponsoring pigs.

Successful applicants

At that point, the business sponsor will provide a scholarship for youths to purchase a pig from a local swine sale.

“The kids will receive a scholarship to go to a sale and purchase a pig,” Rosner says. “We want kids to learn how to select their own livestock and also be financially responsible by bidding on livestock.”

In addition to taking care of the pigs, successful applicants will have monthly project visits with Cheyenne Frontier FFA students, as well as a personal visit with their sponsor.

“We will visit to make sure the pigs are cared for properly,” Rosner comments. “They’ll also be asked to send three letters to our chapter and their sponsor. We’ve also asked them to advocate for their sponsor at the county fair.”

During the Laramie County Fair, successful applicants will show in their own Catch-a-Pig class.

“Our chapter is sponsoring a buckle for the winning student from that class,” she adds.

Learning experience

Rosner explains that the students at Cheyenne Frontier FFA have learned a number of things through their breeding swine project, and they hope to share that knowledge.

“We had two sows this year that we artificially inseminated in class to learn the process,” she says. “We had everyone participate by helping to take care of the pig, take photos, promoting the project and more. This project has really helped us to get more experience in business and learning about the swine industry that we wouldn’t be able to do normally.”

As they take their learning and experience with the hope of transferring that knowledge to younger students, Rosner says they are also looking toward the future of the ag industry.

“These youth are going to be the future,” she describes. “It’s important that they start advocating and get hands-on experience in the industry by knowing how to handle livestock and understand what it means to be a part of agriculture.”

Rosner comments, “We want to do whatever we can to give back to the kids who are the future of our industry.”

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Indianapolis, Ind. – Last week, students from across the state of Wyoming traveled to Indianapolis, Ind. from Oct. 19-22 for the National FFA Convention. Themed, “Transform Purpose to Action,” FFA members who qualified at the State FFA Convention in April advanced to compete at the national level, and their hard work paid off.

The National FFA Officer Team said, “The future of agriculture is strong, and as the population continues to grow, so does the need for a healthy and abundant food supply. By working together, we can transform the message of agriculture. Together, FFA members can continue to educate others on the importance of agriculture.”

The Wyoming FFA Association commented, “With a wrap on National Convention 2016, we had three national championships, one reserve national championship, a third place team finish, other gold emblem teams and individuals, national agri-science fair competitors, one proficiency finalist and 35 American FFA Degree recipients – all in all, a pretty good convention for Wyoming.”

The Association also emphasized that, while Wyoming is vast in size, it often feels like one family attending convention together.

“We can’t help but feel blessed to be part of the amazing machine that is Wyoming FFA,” the Association reported. “We are a big state, but in times like these, it feels more like a small town with really long streets.”

They added, “Members from across the state came together to represent our entire state, not just their chapter. They competed with Cowboy pride, demonstrated our western work ethic and conducted themselves with integrity and respect.”

Results from the contests that Wyoming FFA members competed in are listed below, along with their results.

Career Development Events

Agricultural Issues Forum

Bronze – Snowy Range FFA

Agricultural Sales

Silver – Casper FFA

Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems 

Silver – Douglas FFA

Silver Individuals – Brendan Blackburn, Quinten Frye and Jake Logar

Bronze Individual – Tyler Dowton

Agronomy

Silver – Wheatland FFA

Gold Individual – Chase Markel

Silver Individuals – Tyler Call and Wes Taylor

Bronze Individual – Bailey Tillman

Creed Speaking

Bronze – Ayanah Winsor, Kaycee FFA

Environment and Natural Resources

Eighth Place – Buffalo FFA

Fifth Place – Jw Sayer

Bridgette Klasinski, Nathan Kessler and Trevor Spanyers

Extemporaneous Public Speaking

Bronze – Aften Peterson, Ten Sleep FFA

Farm Business Management

Gold – Wheatland FFA

Eighth Place – Ty Paisley

Gold Individual – Ashley Hyche

Silver Individuals – Tyler Erickson and Haydn Madsen

Horse Evaluation

First Place – Cheyenne Frontier FFA

Sixth Place – Danette Vliem

Gold Individuals – Jean-Marie Hess and Addysen Rosner

Silver Individual – Hannah Jankovsky

Job Interview

Bronze Individual Callie Klinghagen, Chief Washakie FFA

Livestock Evaluation

Second Place – Snowy Range FFA

Third Place – Logan Despain

Seventh Place – Kirby Hales

Gold Individuals – Tanner Wright and Kyle Despain

Marketing Plan

Third Place – Torrington-Lingle FFA

McKenna Greenwald, Paige Miller and Morea Shipley

Meats Evaluation and Technology

First Place – Casper FFA

First Place – Sheridan Stewart

Fourth Place – Benjamin Campbell

Sixth Place – Matthew Willadsen

Gold Individual – Hunter Romsa

Parliamentary Procedure

Silver – Buffalo FFA

Poultry Evaluation

Silver – Windy City FFA

Prepared Public Speaking

First Place – Trey Campbell, Casper FFA

Veterinary Science

Silver – Casper FFA

Honorary American Degree

Heath Hornecker – Casper

Cari Sue Covolo – Mountain View

AgriScience Fair

Animal Systems

Division 1 – Aubrey Reynolds, Jim Bridger FFA – Bronze

Division 2 – Callie Klinghagen, Chief Washakie FFA – Silver

Division 3 – Jacob Bentley and Gillen Faxon, Casper FFA – Silver

Division 4 – Ellary Golumb and Payton Hallsted, Casper FFA – Silver

Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems

Division 1 – Michael Hollister, Casper FFA – Silver

Division 2 – Karen Lambert, Upton FFA – Bronze

Division 3 – Kelly Collins and Lexis Woodegeard, Casper FFA – Silver

Division 4 – Christopher Brown and Matthew Willadsen, Casper FFA – Gold

Food Products and Processing Systems

Division 1 – Caleb Bradford, Bow River FFA – Silver

Division 2 – Makyela Sorensen, Paintrock FFA – Bronze

Division 3 – Annette Pasley and Mackenzie Todd, Casper FFA – Gold

Plant Systems

Division 1 – Emma Mercer, Paintrock FFA – Bronze

Division 2 – Adeline Miller, Chief Washakie FFA – Bronze

Division 3 – Emily Richardson and Taya Steffens, Casper FFA – Gold

Power, Structural and Technical Systems

Division 1 – Wes Bray, Casper FFA – Silver

Division 2 – Landen Fuller, Torrington-Lingle FFA – Bronze

Division 3 – Carlice Cutright and Stone Lucas Vitale, Casper FFA – Gold

Division 4 – Morgan Hand and William Moffat, Casper FFA – Bronze

Social Systems

Division 2 – Abbigail Faxon, Casper FFA – Bronze

Division 3 – Toni McMurray and Baylie Till, Casper FFA – Silver

Division 4 – Brandon Adkins and Sheridan Stewart, Casper FFA – Bronze

This article was compiled by Saige Albert, managing editor of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup, from a variety of sources. Send comments on this article to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Denver, Colo. – As the 111th National Western Stock Show (NWSS) comes into full swing, youth and adults alike from Uinta County to Crook County are representing Wyoming in the nationally recognized event from Jan. 7-22.

The opening weekend of NWSS featured numerous events, including the Western National Roundup 4-H and FFA contests, the Red Angus Junior Show and the Catch-A-Calf Show.

Catch-A-Calf

Natrona County 4-H’er Michaela Fleming competed in the Catch-A-Calf show with her steer Concho that she caught in January 2016, earning 10th place overall.

She explains that program participants first catch their calf at NWSS during one of the rodeo performances when the animal is four months of age.

“I was responsible for feeding him until the following year and then showing him at the 2017 show,” says Fleming.

In addition to caring for and training the animal, participants keep an intensive record book throughout the year.

“I had to do feed expenses, keep inventories, weigh him at least four times and keep records of all treatments,” continues Fleming. “Then, I did activity logs and daily logs of everything I did with my steer.”

Every month, Fleming wrote a letter to her sponsors in the program and kept record on their correspondence.

Participants also wrote a project story, created picture pages and inserted all of their entries for NWSS into their record books.

“The bigger the record book is, the more points we receive,” explains Fleming. “My record book earned me third place.”

Meat judging

Wyoming youth also dominated the Western National Roundup Meat sJudging Contests.

In the FFA contest, Lander FFA placed third in the placing division and sixth overall.

Lander FFA team members were Kiley McConnell, Flint Pokorny, Macy Jacobson and Silas Goetz.

Natrona County 4-H placed first overall in the 4-H contest and boasted the high, second place, fourth place and seventh place individuals in the contest.

Team members were Trey Campbell, Ben Campbell, Kaylen Lewis and Matthew Willadsen.

Natrona County 4-H co-coach Burt Andreen says that the team’s hard work paid off during NWSS.

“The contest committee put together a really good contest down there. It was a high scoring contest. We were able to just go in there and put into practice some of the things we’ve been learning. It really came out well for us in the end,” says Andreen.

Record scores

In a clean sweep, the Natrona County 4-H Meat Judging Team earned top honors in every contest division and set a new record high score for the national contest.

In addition to shattering the record team score, the team also set a new record score for high individual with Trey Campbell’s performance.

“He had an incredible score. He set a record in terms of score for that contest, so that was pretty exciting for him,” comments Andreen. “He also set a reasons record with two 49s and a perfect 50.”

Teammate Kaylen Lewis also scored a perfect 50 on one of her sets of reasons.

“I’ve never heard of anybody getting a perfect score in reasons, and we had two of them on our team,” Andreen says.

Other representatives

The Wheatland FFA Livestock Judging team consisting of Chase Markel, Ashley Hyche, Tyler Erickson and Ty Paisley, earned eighth high team during their contest.

Albany County 4-H’s Amanda Christensen earned first place in the Impromptu Public Speaking contest, with fellow Wyoming 4-H’er Aletta Ziehl of Natrona County placing second.

The Uinta County 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl Team earned sixth place. Team members were Ian Siegusmund, Falynn Mackey, James McMurtrey and Delaney Lupher.

Mckenna Carnahan of Sublette County 4-H earned third place in Fashion Revue Constructed, and Crook County 4-H’er Grace Belize Anderson placed fourth in Fashion Revue Ready to Wear.

Numerous other Wyomingites have competed and are competing in the various competitions and livestock shows held during NWSS. State FFA Advisor Stacy Broda also notes that Wyoming FFA alumni are actively working at NWSS in various facets.

“Colby Hales was one of our past state FFA officers, and he was down there judging a cattle show,” she comments. “Our members are really involved at NWSS.”

Emilee Gibb is editor of Wyoming Livestock Roundup and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Established over 100 years ago, the 4-H program was created to provide hands-on learning opportunities outside of the classroom for students eight years old through 12th grade.

4-H’ers from around Wyoming celebrated National 4-H Week Oct. 2-8 through various activities organized by their local clubs.

Through history

The 4-H program was first created to provide hands-on learning experiences that bridged public school education and rural life for youth.

Several after-school programs were created in the early 1900s that all contributed to the development of the 4-H program.

“A.B. Graham started a youth program in Clark County, Ohio, in 1902, which is considered the birth of 4-H in the United States. The first club was called ‘The Tomato Club’ or the ‘Corn Growing Club,’” says 4-H on their website.

The program is now the nation’s largest youth development organization, with projects ranging from livestock husbandry to fashion revue to robotics.

“The 4-H idea is simple – help young people and their families gain the skills needed to be proactive forces in their communities and develop ideas for a more innovative economy,” continues 4-H.

The national 4-H program extends its reach to youth across both rural and urban America, utilizing local volunteers and 4-H professionals.

“Our network of 500,000 volunteers and 3,500 4-H professionals provides caring and supportive mentoring to all 6 million 4-H’ers, helping them grow into true leaders today and in life,” explains 4-H.

Wyoming 4-H

Wyoming 4-H has continued to grow over the last 100 years, reaching youth in every county of the state.

“Last year, we had 7,015 youth enrolled in 4-H clubs in Wyoming,” says Wyoming 4-H Office Administrative Assistant Karen Allison.

Family involvement and local volunteers are an essential part of the success of Wyoming 4-H.

“There are more than 2,700 volunteer leaders in the 4-H program who provide the guidance, knowledge, experience and enthusiasm that help 4-H members, as well as communities,” says Wyoming 4-H on its website.

The program boasts over 40 project areas that 4-H’ers can participate in, as well as leadership opportunities, including the Wyoming 4-H Leadership Team.

“It’s very much based on what the youth are interested in, but then they also get components and life skills through their project work and through their club work that they don’t realize they’re getting, a lot of the time until their older,” says Laramie County 4-H Extension Educator Tansey Sussex.

Local celebrations

County clubs around Wyoming hosted a variety of activities throughout National 4-H Week to highlight the value of the 4-H program in their communities.

Sussex says that Laramie County 4-H’s largest event for the week was a kickoff open house.

“We hope that all of the potential members who are interested in joining came, and then we have a lot of returning members who also attend,” she says. “Our members demonstrated some of their project areas, the clubs did some recruiting, and we did a National Youth Science Day experiment.”

Throughout the week, Laramie County 4-H’ers also participated in activities including window painting, a spirit day, an appreciation day and a day to tell their friends about 4-H.

“Friday was our 'Tell a Friend About 4-H Day,' where the kids shared what the benefits of 4-H are and why they joined the program to recruit their friends to attend,” says Sussex.

4-H’ers in Sublette County hosted celebrations in Pinedale and Big Piney to promote the 4-H program to community members.

“Our members and leaders brought in project and club displays to set up. Community members came in, saw what we are all about, looked at what clubs are doing and visited with leaders about clubs and projects,” says Sublette County 4-H Extension Educator Robin Schamber.

The county also provided a number of giveaways throughout the week for answering 4-H trivia questions, as well as gifts for the first members and volunteers who enrolled.

Growing programs

The events hosted throughout National 4-H Week help to recruit new members to local 4-H programs, says Schamber.

“Our National 4-H Week Celebration is our largest recruitment drive for new members,” continues Schamber.

Laramie County 4-H has also hosted events to celebrate National 4-H Week for three years and has seen rapid growth in their program.

“Last year, from our first year to our second year, our celebration grew exponentially. We were very excited, but we ran out of space. This year we had a little more space, and we’re hoping that it keeps growing,” says Sussex.

The public celebrations are successful in creating interest in 4-H for many reasons, including building rapport with interested families, adds Sussex.

“It’s helpful because attendees get to meet staff and leaders. We get to have a one-on-one discussion with them about what we offer, and then I think it helps tie them in a little bit more to the program throughout the year,” concludes Sussex.

Emilee Gibb is editor of Wyoming Livestock Roundup and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..