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Cures Summertime Blues

        As summer is warming up, students are looking for ways to stay busy and fight off those summer blues. Why not turn your lazy summer into a profitable experience? Whether you’re looking to work a couple hours a week or thinking about something that takes a greater time investment, consider working in conjunction with your supervised agricultural experience (SAE) in order to get some hands-on experience and make some green – cash that is. Some FFA members work on their farms, own their own mowing and landscaping business, or even spend time working in a local greenhouse or farmers market. Whatever the job, students are finding ways to engage in agriculture and make a little money along the way!
        Luke Scott from the Brighton FFA Chapter is taking something he loves and turning it into a profitable experience. He hopes his summer job and SAE could potentially be a career after school. Luke works at a sporting dog facility where he trains British Labradors. Luke’s work is directly related to his SAE in small animal production and care. He not only teaches general behavior but also how to retrieve game for sporting purposes. When asked what the most unique quality of his service was, he stated, “We are different from a lot of other services because we use positive reinforcement training.” He adds that this method consists of using a “clicker and treat system” as opposed to shock collars to achieve the proper action for the command. This process begins when the dog is young with simple commands as sit and stay. Luke enjoys his work and has received several accolades for his performance and dedication. 
        Cheyanne Johnson, a junior from the Warren County FFA Chapter, certainly doesn’t waste her summer. Last summer she was self employed working with local horses. Her primary duties included breaking, riding and all other aspects of maintaining horses for local owners. Her work fits the equine science SAE area perfectly! Cheyanne even purchased her own quarter horse named Little Man. She is particularly proud of her work with him stating, “He has helped me to place fourth in the state rodeo competition and second in the high school rodeo competition.” Cheyanne plans to continue her work with horses by expanding her business to take on several new clients. After high school she hopes to attend the University of Tennessee to work toward becoming an equine specialist. FFA members, how will you spend your summer? Talk to your agriculture teacher about potential jobs in your area that will keep you engaged in agriculture, fight off the summertime blues and make some cash while working on your SAE!

 

 

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