Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on October 20, 1952 · Page 5
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Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois · Page 5

Mt Vernon, Illinois
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Monday, October 20, 1952
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 195. THE REGISTER-NEWS — MT. VERNON, ILLINOIS From a Bicycle to $16,000 Farmer in 7 Years] By NEA Service REPUBLIC, O. — (NEA) —The best advice for ambitious young farmers, from Wayne Vogel, who has just been named the best young farmer in the nation, is brief and to the point: "Be sure to have your farm equipment all set to do a job and then, when weather conditions are right, get busy on a 24-hour daily work schedule until the job is done." Following this simple rule over the past seven years has brought the 21-year-old Ohioan on to a capitalization of $16,000 in farm machinery and livestock, and the American Star Farmer award, top honor bestowed by the Future Farmers of America at their national convention in Kansas City every Fall. At 14, Vogel had no. equipment but a bicycle. Living with his mother on a one-acre plot near McCutshenville, O., when he was a high school freshman, he enrolled in vocational, agriculture and started to get ideas. • * * * He rented small plots of land nearby, rented the machinery to cultivate it, rented some sheds in which to raise chickens and ducks, hired-out doing day-labor for other farmers, mowed lawns and found himself with $1402 at the year's end. His crops were six acres of corn and one-fourth acre of potatoes, while his poultry consisted of 85 ducks, 400 ducklings and 370 chicks. ' During for years in high school Wayne earned nearly $3000 from WAYNE VOGEL, Star Farmer: A 24-hour work schedule farming, and more than $1200 from outside work.. In addition, he served one-year terms as secretary and later as president of AT WHEEL OF TRACTOR, Vogci adjusts commno to work crops on rented land He started out with a bicycle seven years ago. the local chapter of Future Fann­ ers of America, represented the chapter two years in the state FFA public Speaking contest, served as president of the county's Junior Fair Board, was secretary of his Sunday School, assistant steward of the local Grange, went to a religious camp in Michigan for two weeks every Summer, went to the state FFA camp every Summer, and acted as a livestock judge. The Ohio Future Farmers in 1949 named him their best—Star State Fanner — and elected him vice-presdient of the state FFA organization. • * » » It was In his junior year at high school that Wayne first rolled into high gear. He bought a used tractor, machinery, and farmed wherever he could find land for rent. He expanded his poultry enterprise and raised a few hogs. One of his plots of land was 30 miles away, and he trucked his tractor and implements to the place, working night and day until the job was done. The 24-hour ordeal is fairly natural to him now. Although his longest stint was three consecutive days and nights with only a few minutes rest, his average day in the field during the busy season is only 18 hours. But his friend and teacher, Harold oMorhead of. Sycamore, explains that the Vogel "busy season" extends well through the year. If it isn't crops, it's poultry. For the lust two years Wayne | has l-entecl 160 acres for W. B. Shumway, a retired banker of Tiffin, who, after several bad experiences with other tenants, likes the work of young Vogel so well that he has invested $3000 in improvements. "Wayne is the unusual type of I farmer who is out there pushing the work rather than the work pushing him," Shumway said. He ! had intended to sell the farm until Wayne took over. Wayne was married last Spring j to a foimer schoolmate, Kathleen, who helps with the work in the | fields during the rush season. During the week she works in a manufacturing plant in Tiffin. They are saving for the time when they can own their own land. With the American Star Farmer award, worth $1000, Wayne is hoping to find property adjacent to the farm he now is renting, so he can handle both. This Fall, the young American Star Farmer who started with a bicycle owns 100 chickens, 28 sheep. 18 pigs, two cows, two tractors, a six-foot grain combine, a truck, grain drill, cornpicker and many other implements. His accomplishment was summed up by Warren G. Weiler, state supervisor of vocational agriculture for Ohio: "Wayne is as well established in farming as many men who have worked a lifetime." 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