Wed, 8 March 2023
OFI 1644: Starting A Business To Pay For Needed Equipment | FFA SAE Edition | Dane Haverkamp | Nemaha Central High School FFA
Dane Haverkamp is the owner of Triple H Custom Hay. He is also a junior in high school, his FFA chapter's vice-president and a family farmer with his parents on their ranch in Kansas. Dane likes all aspects of agriculture, but his families operation is almost exclusively raising registered Black Angus Cattle. Around Dane's 8th Grade year he told his folks he would like to get his own equipment for cutting, raking and baling hay on their farm rather than having it done by a custom business. However, his parents told him that the amount of work needed on their farm would not justify the purchase. So, Dane came up with the idea of starting a custom hay business of his own to justify the purchase, and made sense. Dane purchased his own baler, swather and later a rake to start the business. In exchange for the work he does on the farm, he uses his parent's tractors to operate the implements. Today, Dane operates Triple H Custom Hay and has a growing business that he plans to operate for years to come.