Mon, 30 May 2022
OFI 1397: Work Ethic & Tradition On A Lake In Minnesota | FFA SAE Edition | Ben Bugbee | Paynesville High School FFA
Have you ever had the experience of speaking with a person and not being able to match what you are hearing to your preconceived notion about who they would be? That was my exact experience speaking with today's guest, Ben Bugbee. Fortunately for me, I interview a lot of FFA students, and that means that I have this experience frequently. Ben is just finishing his 11th grade year of high school, and when our interview started I had an idea of what an 11th grader should sound like. However, if you did not know that Ben was in high school and heard this interview you would think that he had been running his own business for a couple of decades and had the experience of his peers that are in their 30's! Perhaps this is what led Ben to be named the Minnesota State Star in Agribusiness in 2022.
Ben is the owner of Water Ready Rentals in Paynesville, Minnesota, and he also works at his families resort, Bug Bee-Hive Resort, which has been in his family for 102 years. In addition to that, Ben is a regional vice-president in the FFA and concurrently serves as a chapter officer in the Paynesville FFA Chapter. Ben has owned his own business since he was 14 years old, and to hear him speak about the pitfalls of renting out watercraft is like listening to an expert put on a seminar about running a business such as this.
Ben is clearly a "non-traditional FFA student", and as he points out, capturing students like himself is exactly why the FFA changed its name decades ago. With that said, Ben knows exactly how his water sports business relates to agriculture and is able to articulate that clearly. Ben believes that with a lot of "blood, sweat and tears" that the FFA helps to teach students, from on or off the farm, the work ethic and tradition that is captured in American Agriculture!
SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Pontoon Boat Rentals
HIGH SCHOOL: Paynesville High School; Paynesville, Minnesota
FFA ADVISOR: Natalie Utsch
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR BEN BUGBEE:
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Paynesville High School Telephone Number: 320-243-3410
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Direct download: Off_Farm_Income--Episode_1397_Ben_Bugbee-COMM_14_42--052322.mp3
Category:FFA -- posted at: 12:30am MST