Justin Zahradka describes himself as a learner. FFA was the organization helping Zahradka learn his passion. Originally a member of the Park River FFA Chapter, he served a North Dakota state FFA officer in 2012-2013. Zahradka credits his biggest learning experience to his Supervised Agricultural Experience project. “The soil conservation district and Extension service were looking for farmers to take part in a cover crop trial. That was way back in 2011 when cover crops and soil health had gained so much traction.” Zahradka says his cover crop and cattle grazing SAE was one of the first of its kind in the region. “I grew radishes, turnips, barley, sorghum-sudangrass, and peas all in a mix. I put the cows out there and didn’t really know what was going to happen, but they loved it.” Zahradka’s wife, Molly, started an FFA chapter in Grafton, where he helps coach FFA teams.
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