November 24, 2020

Trampel Receives Honorary Chapter Farmer Award

20150728_maxyield_316 (681x1024)Ask Kody Trampel about his 2015 award from the Garner-Hayfield/Ventura FFA Chapter and he’ll say he’s helped out the chapter now and then. Ask Bob Baumgard about Trampel’s recent Honorary Chapter Farmer Award, however, and you’ll discover there’s a lot more to it.

“Kody is a great friend of FFA,” said Baumgard, Garner-Hayfield/Ventura FFA’s chapter advisor. “When I mentioned the Honorary Chapter Farmer Award to the members, Kody’s name came up immediately.”

Trampel, a MaxYield Cooperative agronomy specialist, has worked closely with the Garner-Hayfield/Ventura FFA on a 13-acre test plot near the school. In 2014, MaxYield provided soybean seed and custom spraying for the crop, along with agronomic advice throughout the growing season. Trampel has continued to assist students with the test plot and enjoys helping them learn more about crop and livestock production.

“Kody is a strong supporter of agriculture, and the students look up to him,” Baumgard noted.
This isn’t the first time Trampel has received an Honorary Chapter Farmer Award, which recognizes those who advance agricultural education and the FFA. The 2007 Belmond-Klemme High School graduate received the Honorary Chapter Farmer Award from the Belmond-Klemme FFA Chapter in 2014.

FFA has long been important to Trampel, who served as the Belmond-Klemme chapter vice president and attended both state and national FFA conventions. “FFA teaches leadership, builds your work ethic, and teaches you responsibility through Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs),” said Trampel, who has worked for MaxYield full time since 2012. “SAEs also give you the chance to work on different projects and expand your knowledge.”

These experiences not only sparked Trampel’s interest in studying agriculture in college, but continue to fuel his desire to advocate for agriculture. In addition to serving as a director on the Hancock County Farm Bureau Board, Trampel plays a key role with the Hancock County Ag Day Breakfast.

This attracts more than 350 people each spring and helps non-farm people learn more about modern agriculture. State legislators, bloggers, and members of the media are invited to the Ag Day Breakfast, a joint project of the Hancock County Farm Bureau and Garner Chamber of Commerce. Guest speakers at the popular event have included Trent Loos, a well-known ag advocate and radio personality.

“I want to help share the facts about agriculture, especially with the younger generation,” said Trampel, who is concerned about schools cutting their funding for ag education. “These are the consumers and voters of the future, and they need to be well informed about agriculture and food production.”

Educating others is a natural fit for someone who once thought about becoming an ag teacher. “It’s important to give the students real-world learning experiences,” Trampel said. “Many of the kids we meet through FFA will be working in agriculture someday. MaxYield wants to start building this relationship early.”

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