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Michigan and Wisconsin FFA Students Shine at Convention
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More than 240 students from Michigan and Wisconsin were awarded the prestigious American FFA Degree. The American FFA Degree is given to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences.



Michigan and Wisconsin FFA Students Shine at 85th Annual National Convention


The 85th annual National FFA Convention proved that the future of the agriculture industry is in good hands. The four-day celebration concluded recently, with hundreds of students from Michigan and Wisconsin receiving honors.

More than 240 students from Michigan and Wisconsin were awarded the prestigious American FFA Degree. The American FFA Degree is given to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences. Approximately 3,500 American FFA Degrees are handed out each year at the National FFA Convention. That number represents less than half of one percent of all FFA members, making it one of the organization’s highest honors.

“FFA plays an important role in preparing the next generation of agricultural industry leaders for careers in this diverse field,” said GreenStone executive vice president, Jack Kelly. “We are so proud of these students and what they represent and that is why we are honored to support these organizations.”

Several leaders from the agricultural industries in Michigan and Wisconsin – including GreenStone’s President and CEO, Dave Armstrong – were awarded honorary American FFA Degrees. These significant honorary awards are reserved for individuals who have provided exceptional service to agriculture, agricultural education, or FFA. Others receiving these honorary awards include: Dr. Norman Lowds and Dr. Karen Renner, both from Michigan State University; Dennis Rudat from the Michigan Farm Bureau; Saline, Michigan, FFA advisor, David Mellor; Wisconsin Farm Bureau President, Bill Bruins; and Frank Friar from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and consumer Protection.

GreenStone’s Armstrong has long been a champion of FFA and the work the organization does with youth interested in agriculture. He recently served on the Michigan FFA Foundation board of directors for six years, including tenure as board chair in 2011. He will be formally presented the award at the Michigan State FFA Convention in March 2013.

Several other students also received Gold awards and recognition in many FFA contest areas including: Agricultural Sales, Dairy Cattle Handling, Poultry, Beef Production Placement Proficiency, Specialty Animal Production and Care Entrepreneurship/Placement Proficiency.

For a complete list of American FFA Degree recipients, visit: http://bit.ly/r1O2os.