Brandon Cavins, a sales and customer service representative for FarmLogic, stands next to part of a demonstration of the company’s new fundraiser, Soil Test Pro, which it launched at the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. The fundraiser not only will help FFA members raise money for their chapters, but help them gain in field experience at the same time.
Brandon Cavins, a sales and customer service representative for FarmLogic, stands next to part of a demonstration of the company’s new fundraiser, Soil Test Pro, which it launched at the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. The fundraiser not only will help FFA members raise money for their chapters, but help them gain in field experience at the same time.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — When it comes to fundraisers and the money they bring in, whether it’s through selling candy bars or cookies, they are essential to the livelihood of many clubs, schools and organizations.

FarmLogic, which is based in Murray, Ky., decided to offer FFA students the chance to gain field experience through selling grid soil sampling to farmers through its new fundraising program, Soil Test Pro.

Brandon Cavins, a sales and customer service representative with FarmLogic, said that when FFA chapters decide to enroll in the program, which is run off of a smart phone, they receive a free online account.

“Once they have an account, students can go out to their fathers, uncles and friends and sell grid sampling,” he said.

Cavins said that if the farmer agrees to help the FFA chapter, they essentially will “donate” a certain amount of acres from which they wants the FFA members to take soil samples.

After the students have talked with the producer, as well as worked out the logistical details, they will load the Soil Test Pro grid sampling program on to their smartphones and head out to the fields. There they will retrieve six to eight soil plugs at each of the grid points.

“Once they are pulled samples are sent to a lab of the farmer’s choice,” Cavins said.

When the lab is done running the diagnostic tests on the samples, the results are first sent to FarmLogic.

The company will go over the results and prepare a nutrient recommendation for the farmer.

Besides startup costs, the sales representative said, the only other thing FarmLogic charges is a $3 handling and processing fee per acre for the soil test analysis.

Not only do the students benefit from the program by raising funds for their FFA chapter, Cavins noted, but they also gain field experience, as well as the opportunity to work with the farmer.

The adviser has the option to use the soil grid sampling materials, as well as the nutrient analysis data, to teach agronomy in the classroom.

More information can be found at SoilTestPro.com/FFA.