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Stephenville FFA Members Embraces Family Production Agriculture Legacy    
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 | Author: Sterling Pieniazek, Texas FFA Intern

Sterling Richmond's passion for his family's production agriculture operation paved the path for his successful Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). 

"Farming and ranching have been in my family for generations," said Richmond. "I work alongside my father, mother, and two younger siblings to keep our operations running."

The Stephenville FFA member started working for his father when he was eight years old. 

His first responsibilities included baling hay; however, as the years went by, his duties within the operation grew.

"I help with the transportation of hay, tending to cattle, and I assist with all aspects of the forage operation," said Richmond. 

As his responsibilities expanded, so did his skill set. 

"I use a multitude of different equipment, tractors, and implements in the hay operation," said Richmond. "I aerate fields, help with maintenance on our pivots, operate the tedder and baler, and provide any other assistance needed."

The summer months are the busiest season for hay and when he gains the most work hours and valuable experience.
"While I am not receiving monetary compensation for my time, I am gaining valuable experience and skills that I will be able to use in my future," said Richmond. "I would like to eventually work in the agricultural industry and have my own operation or help with the continuation of Cade Richmond Hay, Land, and Cattle." 

Through his employment, he is able to assist his family and work to improve his abilities continuously.

"I have developed a large skill set that will help me in my future in and out of the field," said Richmond. 

Richmond's successful SAE project was recognized as the Star Chapter in Placement at the 2022 Texas FFA State Convention.

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