Former North Dakota FFA President Cole Ketterling is one of four FFA members being considered for the 2020 National FFA American Star Farmer award. The Wishek, North Dakota resident started his own farming operation in high school. He farms part time now, raising cow-calf pairs, along with corn, spring wheat, soybeans and sunflowers. Ketterling would like to grow and expand the farm, making things more efficient. “I’m always looking to develop more balanced and specialized fertility programs, depending on the soil types and conditions. It helps save costs and improve yields.” Ketterling graduated from North Dakota State University in the spring and also works as an ag loan officer at Farm Credit Services of Mandan. “When it comes down to it, the whole farming industry is resilient. We’ve been through tough times, but farmers are adapting and changing, which is promising.” Cole Schock of Salem, South Dakota is a finalist for the National FFA American Star in Agricultural Placement.
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