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Friday, June 3, 2011

Outstanding FFA members recognized in Stars Over Kansas Pageant

FFA members were awarded the state’s top honors of Kansas FFA Star Farmer, Star in Ag Placement, and Star in Agribusiness during Friday's final session of the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention on the Kansas State University campus.

Each year, the Kansas FFA Association recognizes three FFA members who have the top Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs with the Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness and Star in Agriculture Placement awards.
  • Star Farmer: Kaden Rousch, Smith Center FFA
  • Star in Ag Placement: Dalton Black, Buhler FFA
  • Star in Agribusiness: Nicholas Peckman, Paola FFA

Star Farmer: Kaden Rousch, Smith Center FFA

A State Star Farmer has been recognized every year since 1957, and honors one member with an SAE in production agriculture. The finalists are chosen from the 207 members receiving the Kansas State FFA Degree, the highest level of membership bestowed by the state association.
Roush manages a farrow-to-finish swine operation, selling show hogs throughout Kansas and Nebraska. He also owns cattle, and share-rents 360 acres of farmland. Of that, 239 acres are in production, with the remainder enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program.

Through his SAE, Roush has learned the importance of budgeting and record keeping in order to maintain a successful operation. He is the son of Kelly and Sue Roush, and his FFA advisor is Jessica Weltmer.
The Star Farmer Award is sponsored by United Bank and Trust.


Star in Ag Placement: Dalton Black, Buhler FFA

The State Star in Ag Placement honors a member with an SAE program employed in an agricultural operation or business. The finalists for this award were chosen from the 207 members receiving the Kansas State FFA Degree, the highest level of membership bestowed by the state association.

Black’s SAE involves working at B&B Hydraulics. He works on all types of hydraulic equipment, from trucks and tractors to industrial equipment, such as trash compactors. He has advanced in his work so that now his employer allows him to make service calls on his own. Black said he enjoys his work, building things from scratch and improving existing systems.

Black’s parents are Charlie and Lesa Black.The Star in Ag Placement Award is sponsored by Kansas Farm Bureau. The Buhler FFA advisors are John Clark and Justin Seuser.


Star in Agribusiness: Nicholas Peckman, Paola FFA

The Star in Agribusiness, awarded every year since 1974 honors a member who manages his or her own agribusiness. The finalists were chosen from the 207 members receiving the Kansas State FFA Degree, the highest level of membership bestowed by the state association.

Peckman started his own business as a manager and guide on hunting properties. He manages both his own hunting land, and on a contract basis for other landowners. Peckman also guides hunts for waterfowl and deer on his land. One of his biggest challenges is working with hunters of different skill levels. Peckman started the business with $300 in assets, which he has now grown to more than $10,000.

The Star in Agribusiness Award is sponsored by ICM, Inc. Peckman’s parents are Burl and Shemene Peckman. The Paola FFA advisors are John Hines and Josh Evans.

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