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