Martin Knudsen is a senior at Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove High School and son of Marc and Ann Knudsen of Ida Grove. He serves as his FFA Chapter's assistant advisor.
1.) Why FFA?:
It's a great way to get involved in the community with fruit sales, our soup supper, and other volunteer events. FFA is fun to be in because you get to hang out with other FFA kids, drive tractors to school, help with harvest and planting of our test plot.
2.) FFA project:
I help with the planting, and harvest of our test plot. I help with those because a club officer I am in a leadership position. By helping with the test plot I can increase my knowledge of farming, while helping teach the underclassmen some of the basics.
3.) I've learned:
I have learned better farm management.
Through ag business classes I learned how my cattle operation needs to run as far as financials. In some of the other classes I have taken I have learned better production practices to make my operation the best it can be.
4.) Career path:
I plan on staying around Ida Grove to farm with my parents and continue to raise cattle.
FFA has helped me with a career path by ensuring that I want to continue to live the farm life.
5.) College plans:
I plan on attending Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg and taking diesel mechanics.
I decided on diesel mechanics so when I come back to farm I am better able to work on machinery and daily operations.
6.) FFA activities:
I have helped with several FFA activities as an officer as well as a member.
I helped with tornado clean up in spring 2010, helping run concessions at a farm auction, annual fruit sales, helping with Odebolt's Creek Days, and our annual soup supper.