Orscheln Farm & Home and Field Trip Factory today announced that the winner of the 2020: An Entrepreneurial Odyssey Business Plan Contest is Mrs. Shanna Evans’ Entrepreneurship 2 class, from Olathe East High School. For its prize, the class will have the opportunity to become business leaders for a day and run the local Orscheln Farm & Home store, located at 1160 W. Amity St., Louisburg KS, on Tuesday, March 27.

2020: An Entrepreneurial Odyssey is a business learning Field Trip hosted by Orscheln Farm & Home and created by Field Trip Factory.  The Olathe East students went on the interactive Field Trip to experience a behind-the-scenes look at the business operations of a real retail store. 

They then used what they learned to write a future-oriented business plan for Orscheln Farm & Home stores in the year 2020. In their plan, the students noted this innovative outreach idea: “We’re going to create an outside sales team that calls on schools, leagues, and associations and is known for product expertise and top service. ”

On March 27, ten of Mrs. Evans’ students will work alongside Orscheln Farm & Home employees and experience the daily store operations up close.  Past years’ winners have had fun using their creativity and building special merchandising or themed displays.  In addition to providing students this valuable real world experience, Orscheln Farm & Home will commemorate their achievement by donating $100 to the school for supplies.

Congratulations to students Dani Branigan, Eric Rausch, Justin Thomas, Tre LyDay, Dalton Weigal and teacher Mrs. Shannon Evans for creating the winning entry. David Hult, Orscheln Farm & Home Director of Store Operations said of the effort “It’s rewarding to give today’s high school students an opportunity to showcase their own unique talents and creativity, and to explore and imagine their futures in business.”


Orscheln Farm & Home remains a family owned company and just celebrated its’ 50th year in business.  Since their first store in Sedalia, Missouri, in 1960, the company has grown to 155 stores across the Midwest.  Their philosophy is committed to keeping rural America alive, strong and growing.  Orscheln Farm & Home stores continually strive to improve their product selection and services that meet the everyday needs of today’s farm and suburban customers.   You may visit their website at www.orschelnfarmhome.com to learn more.