Cyril’s Kade Pendley – FFA Spotlight Presented by Oklahoma AgCredit

By Derrick Smith

The Future Farmers of America program gives some students their first opportunity to be around animals and agriculture. But for others, like Kade Pendley, the program is a continuation of what they have seen their entire life.

“I have been a part of FFA for five years, but I have been around this my whole life,” he said. “Whenever I was about eight years old, I started showing pigs and I just continued to get more and more involved.”

Pendly, who is a senior at Cyril High School, says that he enjoys the networking that FFA allows. “I enjoy being able to do the things I love and meet people with the same passion and dreams that I have.”

Kade has also won his share of awards while in the program. He has brought home supreme purebred gilt at OYE, grand commercial gilt at the world pork expo, champion Chester gilt at Tulsa State Fair, grand gilt at the American royal livestock show, top five livestock judged at big three field days, and high individual in swine judging at big three field days.

While he has become more experienced with animals and agriculture during his time in FFA, Kade says that he has also learned things that will help him after graduation. “I learned that hard work and determination can get you a long way,” he said. “No matter where you are or what the situation is, make the most of it.”

His favorite moment was winning the Oklahoma Youth Expo.

Kade has a simple message for those students that are considering joining FFA but not sure. “Do it,” he stated. “It’ll be the best decision you’ll ever make in life. It opens the door to so many opportunities.”