Originally from Stockton, Kansas, Landus Feed Mill Supervisor Kyle Deutscher would not have got his start in the feed industry if it were not for his high school FFA advisor.
Serving as the President of his FFA chapter as well as the District Treasurer, Deutscher’s journey through FFA fueled his growing passion for the agricultural industry.
“My FFA advisor showed me the feed science management major that is offered at Kansas State. And while I first thought I wanted to go into the ethanol side of things, I instead went down the feed route,” said Deutscher.
As the supervisor in Larrabee since 2015, Deutscher’s tasks involve ordering bulk ingredients like DDGs and soymeal, scheduling feed deliveries, repairing equipment, loading trucks and helping to make feed. As a hands-on person, Deutscher is continually seeking to learn more about the feed mill equipment and how it works – a trait that allows him to serve customers to the best of his ability.
“My goal for customer service is to ensure that we’re making every ration correctly, and always delivering it to the right place at the right time,” said Deutscher.
Creating hog feed, the Larrabee location consists of 12 employees and 15 contracted out truck drivers, who work together to load an average of 50 trucks each day. And this year, they are on track to mix and deliver 300,000 tons of feed. While their products are delivered just in the state of Iowa, some of their ingredients come all the way from Canada.
Deutscher says his most influential lessons learned from his position have been time management and leadership, saying that scheduling out the daily truck deliveries was a big part of it.
Finally, his advice to others is “buckle down and get it done.” Or, he says “In the wise words of Joe Dirt, ‘Keep on keepin’ on.’”