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Labette County youth entrepreneur is working to enhance farming industry

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For Deven foster, his father's work ethic sparked his motivation.  

"I always made fun of him because he was on the phone all the time, but now it seems I'm on the phone more than him," said Foster.

Talking with people about his start-up company, Foster Ag Service & Technology, also called FAST, an enterprise aimed to fill a need in farming.

"Almost now, technology is a part of everything in farming. And soon enough, it's going to be a part in everything," said Foster.


FAST offers services to help farmers grow abundant and healthy crops by measuring the levels of soil nutrients. Foster maps out fields and takes soil samples. And he plans to soon incorporate his drone that will take infrared images of crops at growing stages.

"Not only is it going to help the farmer in the long run with yields, it's going to help him in the long run with money too, because you're going to cut down on costs because you're not over applicating or under applicating."

Foster's work has caught the attention of area farmers, as well as Kylie Ludwig, a community development agent who invited him to showcase his company at the recent Wildcat Extension District Entrepreneurial Fair.

"Deven is going to be able to help people in our community and in our area be able to be more efficient at their jobs and help their crops grow better. It's a great opportunity for him here," said Ludwig.

Building fast has been a challenge, says foster, but he knows the technology will help, which makes it worth it.

For anyone in a similar position, he offers this advice: "Work at it. It was tough getting started out, all the paperwork you have to go through and stuff, but don't give up. It will pay off."

Words that will no doubt make his father proud. 


Foster will showcase his work next at the Southeast Kansas Youth Enterprise Entrepreneurial Challenge on April 29th.


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