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May 2, 2012 405-743-5498
Garber FFA Member Earns Diversified Crop Production Entrepreneurship State Proficiency
By Carrie Doyle
OKLAHOMA CITY — Tyler Schnaithman of the Garber FFA Chapter earned second-place
honors in the Oklahoma FFA Diversified Crop Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award
area during the 86th Oklahoma FFA Convention on May 2.
Schnaithman is a fifth-generation farmer whose family’s centennial farm began after the
Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893. At the age of 14, Schnaithman began farming seven acres
with a John Deere 4020 he purchased. Since that time, Schnaithman has expanded his operation
to 395 acres.
“A tremendous advantage I have has been the guidance and assistance from my older
brother and father,” Schnaithman said. “I have also been very fortunate to have a banker who has
followed my programs and supported me.”
Schnaithman said these advantages helped him reach his goal of creating a profitable
The diversified crop production entrepreneurship proficiency award is designed to
recognize students who are using the best management practices available to efficiently produce
and market two or more crop-related proficiencies such as grain production, fiber/oil production,
forage production, specialty crop production, vegetable production or fruit production.
The 17-year-old Garber FFA member is the son of Lee and Becky Schnaithman. His
agricultural education instructor and FFA adviser is Dexter Matlock.
This award is sponsored on the state level by the Oklahoma Crop Improvement
Association, Texas Feed Fat Co. Inc., The Noble Foundation, and David and Linda Shepard. The
national sponsor is the CHS Foundation.
FFA is an integral part of the Agricultural Education Division in Oklahoma’s CareerTech
system. With more than 23,000 members, the Oklahoma FFA Association is the fifth-largest
state FFA association. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students
by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through
agricultural education. To learn more about the Oklahoma FFA, visit http://okffa.org or follow
@ffaok on Twitter.
Tyler Schnaithman of Garber FFA captured second-place honors in the 2012 Oklahoma FFA
Diversified Crop Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award area. Keith Kisling (right),
vice president of the Oklahoma FFA Foundation; Dr. Billy Cook (left) of The Noble Foundation;
Roger Osburn (second from left), executive director of the Oklahoma Crop Improvement
Association; and David Shepard (third from left) and Linda Shepard (center) join Schnaithman
(third from right) as well as Kyler Belinson of Elgin FFA, who received third place.
This award is sponsored on the state level by the Oklahoma Crop Improvement Association,
Texas Feed Fat Co. Inc., The Noble Foundation, and David and Linda Shepard. The national
sponsor is the CHS Foundation. The awards were presented during the 86th Oklahoma FFA
Convention in Oklahoma City on May 2.