The Story of Agriculture Podcast: Episode 2 with Scott Stebner.
If someone described themselves as having grown up a “beach bum,” and needing to have gone to class more in high school than being out surfing the waves in San Diego, you probably would think they might pursue a career in surfing, or maybe something in Hollywood. But if you’re Scott Stebner you would become a high school ag teacher that started an FFA chapter in a town of a million people in Silicon Valley, and also become a great photographer and ag communicator.
Scott started his career as an ag teacher, but is now the managing director of the Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement in Manhattan, Kansas. In his day job, Scott helps agricultural businesses who sell to consumers market their products through a deep understanding of social media platforms. By conducting research alongside their clients, "The Center" is able to provide feedback on social media performance specific to agricultural industries.
Outside his day job, on top of being a husband and father of two young children, Scott is a freelance photographer, producing exceptional work which showcases the story of America's farmers and ranchers. His book, Kansas Farmer, is an inspiration to our work at Herdmark Media. He also did a unique project shooting portraits of PBR bull riders right after they had just been bucked off or had just had a successful ride.
We discuss how Scott got his start in photography, how to deal with rejection while pursuing art, how to prepare for a career in agricultural communications and much, much more.
If you'd like to follow Scott, he is @ScottStebner on Twitter and Instagram. You can find his photography work at stebnerphotography.com and you can learn about The Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement by visiting their webpage.