FFA students ask community support in cash flow survey

Posted October 10, 2012 at 5:53 pm

The Miller FFA Chapter is undertaking a community cash flow survey, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 10. They are hoping Hand County residents will return a survey they receive in the mail, or respond on the Website, or pick up a survey from the school or the On Hand Development office.

Advisor Mark Ketelhut explained that On Hand Development approached the FFA Chapter last spring to help conduct a survey about spending, where money is spent, and other important questions.

“I felt it would be good for the students to be involved, and help them understand the economy, and the impact of how and where people spend their money,” he said.

The survey period will run from Wednesday, Oct. 10 to Wednesday, Nov. 21. Students in the ag business class will compile the data, which will be disseminated to County and City governments, On Hand Development, and the business community. Results will be available to the public via the newspaper and at the Farm & Home Show.

Ketelhut emphasized that all information received will be confidential, and public response is essential in order to obtain a true picture of the cash flow in the County.

More than 70 FFA students will each mail five surveys (350+ people) to Hand County residents, and will follow up during the survey period to remind the residents to fill out the survey.

Any one who doesn’t receive a survey by mail can go to: http://kwiksurveys.com/s.asp?sid=387w

5xp0ert5qsw26510 to answer questions on-line. And, as noted above, hard copy surveys will also be available at the On Hand Development office and at the school. You will not be required to submit your name or other identifiable information.

Hard copy surveys can be dropped off at the school office, can be hand-delivered to Ketelhut, or mailed back to: Miller FFA Chapter, Box 257, Miller, SD 57362.

Survey questions include spending patterns (how much is spent on groceries, clothing, fuel, etc.); percentages of items bought in Hand County/elsewhere; reasons you spend your money where you do; influencing factors; and several other related questions.

It’s a good opportunity for consumers to voice their opinions about a variety of spending questions, which in turn will prove beneficial to Hand County’s business community, and provide an economic indicator for future planning.