Thursday, May 31, 2012

Finalists announced for John Deere Gator drawing

The pool of Kansas FFA members who could leave the 84th Kansas FFA Convention with a John Deere Gator 625iXUV has been narrowed to 10.

Finalists were selected Thursday night. The winner will be drawn from those names during the Fifth Session of the Kansas FFA Convention, which begins at 9 a.m. Friday. If you're one of the finalists, you must be present to win and report backstage prior to the session.

The finalists are:
  • Conrad Kabus, Seaman FFA
  • Alyssa Moore, Coffeville FFA
  • Kyle Travis, Altoona-Midway FFA
  • Dina Lyne, Minneapolis FFA
  • Monika Grant, Ell-Saline FFA
  • Tyler Stiffter, Anderson Co. FFA
  • Breanna Temaat, Oakley FFA
  • Shae Carver, Winfield FFA
  • Issac Snoot, Jayhawk Linn FFA
  • Briston Lynne Kapler, Girard FFA
Members eligible to enter the drawing for the Gator 625iXUV were those who submitted an application for the American or State FFA Degree, Agriscience fair, Agri-Entrepreneurship award, Proficiency winners and District Star winners.

Again, one name will be chosen toward the end of the Fifth Session and that person must be present to win!

Thanks to our sponsors:
  • American Implement Inc., Garden City, KS 
  • Bucklin Tractor & Implement Co. Inc., Bucklin, KS
  • Carrico Implement Co. Inc., Beloit, KS
  • Concordia Tractor Inc., Concordia, KS
  • Great Bend Farm Equipment, Great Bend, KS
  • Hiawatha Implement Co. Inc., Hiawatha, KS
  • Heritage Tractor Inc., Baldwin City, KS
  • Keating Tractor & Equipment Inc., Liberal, KS
  • O'Malley Equipment Co. Inc., Independence, KS
  • O'Malley Implement Co. Inc., Pittsburg, KS
  • PrairieLand Partners Inc., Hutchinson, KS
  • John Deere Agriculture & Turf Division, Lenexa, KS 

84th Kansas FFA Convention Day 2 filled with Awards, Music and Motivation

Day two of the 84th Kansas FFA Convention comes to an end after three exciting jam packed sessions of recognizing the successes of chapters and individuals in the past year and listening to the powerful messages from Past National FFA Vice President, Wyatt DeJong, and charismatic motivational speaker, Dr. Rick Rigsby. 

Second Session
Enthusiastic FFA members flooded McCain Auditorium with blue and gold for the second session which announced the 2012-2013 State Officer Candidates. Several chapters were recognized with awards from Kansas Farm Bureau and Farm Credit for their positive impacts on their respective communities. All were attentive as 2011-2012 State Reporter, Nathan Laudan, gave his retiring address, “I Still Can't Whistle”. 

The 2011 American Degree recipients were celebrated for their accomplishments and the Kansas Cooperative Testing Travel Awards were presented, along with the the top 10 individuals and top 5 chapters in the Leadership Information Test and KAAE Essay award winners. The top individual Agri-Entrepreneurship Education Program, designed to increase the amount of entrepreneurship being taught in local agriculture programs across the country, was announced.

Countless FFA Members walked across the stage as State Proficiency Award Winners from Ag Communications to Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management.

After the session was adjourned, the Extemporaneous and Prepared Speaking Finals were held in the K-State Alumni Center and Proficiency winners enjoyed their award luncheon.

Third Session
Session three hit a high note for FFA members as they listened to the compositions of the FFA State Band and Choir. State Proficiency winners continued to parade the stage, accepting their awards for their hard work. Next, retiring State Treasurer, Justine Dlabal, presented her address to the members “Be True”.  

Scrapbook records followed, along with Job Interview winners. Jason Troendle, National FFA Secretary took the stage and offered encouragement to members through a fresh and energetic speech. Several scholarships were awarded to outstanding FFA members by corporations such as Cargill, Ford, and National FFA.  

After closing, members made their way to meet the State Officer candidates and enjoy an ice cream social.

Fourth Session
FFA members filled McCain one last time on this particular Thursday night and were welcomed by “Self Construct”, the retiring address of Vice President, Alexis Wingerson. 

Honorary FFA Degrees were awarded to those few, selfless folks that have made a powerful impact on Kansas FFA and its members. The current state officers recognized all the hard work their parents have done to get them this far. The Extemporaneous and Prepared speakers took the stage to find out their final placings. 

Keynote speaker, Dr. Rick Rigsby, moved students with his seminar and provoked their initiative to take action in their worlds.

The last day of the 84th Convention will kick off early morning with the Convention Business Session, recognition of student achievement and election of the 2012-2013 State FFA Officers. Friday afternoon will feature the recognition of Kansas FFA Foundation Sponsors, the “Stars over Kansas” Pageant,  presentation of the Triple Crown award and installment of the new Kansas FFA State Officer Team and the retirement of the past State Officer Team. After the sixth session, the Blue & Gold Banquet will be held at the Beach Museum of Art for convention volunteers, State Stars, and retiring and newly elected state officers, as well as their families.

Kansas FFA students are awarded scholarships

FFA members from across the state have been awarded thousands of dollars worth of scholarships during today's Third Session.

To view a complete list of these winners, click here

Students, Teams succeed in Career Development Events

Congratulations to the FFA members and chapters who here honored for their success in CDE’s and other competitive events during the first two days of the 84th Kansas FFA Convention.

Winners were recognized on stage as follows:
  • Prepared Public Speaking: Lindy Bilberry, Garden City FFA
  • Extemporaneous Public Speaking: Abbey Wolter, Atwood FFA
  • Creed Speaking: Dean Klahr, Holton FFA
  • Ag Issues: Springhill FFA
  • Quiz Bowl: Labette County FFA
  • Parliamentary Procedure: Holton FFA
  • Job Interview: Audrey Green, Stockton FFA
  • Scrapbook: Haven FFA
  • Vet Science: Sara Guetterman, Louisburg FFA
Congratulations, and good luck at National Convention!

FFA Supporters Recognized with Honorary State FFA Degrees

Longtime supporters and friends of the Kansas FFA were recognized during the Fourth Session of the 84th Kansas FFA Convention.

Receiving the Honorary State FFA Degree:

  • Holly Higgins, Manhattan, Ks.
  • Blake Lasley, Ottawa, Ks.
  • Hugh Nicks, Wichita, Ks.
  • Ward Upham, Manhattan, Ks.
  • Ken Wagner, Baldwin City, Ks.
  • Dr. Kim Williams, Manhattan, Ks.

Alexis Wingerson delivers vice president's retiring address

Self Construct
          The structure was taking shape. There were no gaps in the fortress wall.  The interior was arranged to perfection.  My blanket fort was complete.  I was four years old, and this was my favorite past time.  Each fort had to have the proper size and shape with a designated spot for every stuffed animal.  When I was eight, it turned into crafts- I had to have the best designed mobile in my second grade art class.  At age twelve, it was helping Dad construct a feed bunk for my horse.  In high school it was welding, woodworking, and scrapbooking.  In each of these I had the opportunity to create something- to build a project exactly how I wanted.
            I have always been obsessed with making things.  And when I got to be in shop class and use big kid tools, it was even better.  Maybe I was just practicing my T-welds, but in my mind, I was building a Transformer.  There’s just something I love about seeing an idea I had in my head become a reality, cutting, measuring, welding, gluing until all the pieces fit together to create my project.  But not all projects are built in the shop.  We can create our biggest project, the project of our selves, by having a dream for what we want, and never giving up as we pursue it.     
Although I have always loved making things, I did not know I could think of my life as something to be built.  When I was getting ready for my freshman year of high school, my family went to a wedding that summer.  While standing in line for food, my great uncle struck up a conversation.  He asked about school, activities I was in, and if I thought we could cut my cousins in line or not.  But then he said, “So where are you going Alexis?” “Uh….what?  I don’t know.  To get cake?”  But he persisted, “Come on surely there’s something you see every night when you close your eyes?”  Seven years later, and I still remember that question he asked while we were standing in line for, baked potatoes.  Because I never want to feel like I did when he asked me that day- like I was doing nothing, like I had no plan.  I suddenly realized that I had somehow come to be 16 years old and really did not care where I was going.  I was a little bit embarrassed, like I had gotten a bad grade or built something that did not stand straight, but instead of a project, this was my life.  I did not care where I was going, when I would get there, or if someone else was choosing the destination.  I was just along for the ride.
            We cannot just be along for the ride in our lives.  We must have a dream.  We must have something we want to create, to construct.  We cannot settle for just going with the flow, doing what everyone else does.  Why would we want to when we have the option to build something with our life?  As author Oscar Wilde said, “To live is the rarest thing in the world.  Most people exist, that is all.”  Do not allow yourself to merely exist in this world.  Prove that you are living your life by making a difference with it. 
            If your dream is to help people, then think of the ways you can solve problems in your community, ways to feed the hungry, ways to comfort a friend in need.  If your dream is to one day heal the wounded, then think of how you can study for the tests and get the grades that will allow you to get into med school.  If your dream is to help feed the world, then think of ways you can be a better producer, and the steps it will take to accomplish that. 
            What is that dream in your heart?  It may be so big it seems impossible and honestly a little scary.  But that fear is actually a good thing.  If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.  No matter what your dream is, the only difference between the people who are living that dream and us here in this auditorium is that instead of going along with the flow, they decided they would grab life by the horns and get to it!  It didn’t matter how hard they would have to work, or how many times they would have to learn something new to get there. They had a dream, and they re-measured, welded and re-welded their life until they reached the result they wanted.
You can design your masterpiece.  Don’t build just a little toolbox.  Dream big.  Build that 57’ trailer.  Do it because in your heart, you want more, and you know you are capable of doing it.  Close your eyes.  No really, you can close them.  We won’t let ninjas sneak up on you or anything.  Picture that big dream.  Paint it on the backs of your eyelids.  It’s stuck there.  When you go to sleep tonight, when you just need a reminder of what you are working so hard for, that picture will be there if you close your eyes.  When we leave this auditorium, leave with that dream on your heart and mind and backs of your eyelids.  One day, you won’t be the only one who can see it.  One day, your dream can be reality.
But having this dream is worthless, unless we are willing to go for it.   My reason for taking that first shop class was not just to build something.  The other reason I began welding is the reason I do a lot of things: because I have a stubborn streak that happens to be a mile wide.  I had to prove to myself that I could build stuff with the best of them.  I have never been afraid of stomping my foot when I felt it was necessary, even if it was just because my blanket fort had to be absolutely perfect.  Ok so the fact that I have not outgrown the 2-year-old stage where no means yes, is not exactly something to be proud of.  Being stubborn is not a trait that is generally praised. 
But being a little mule headed can help us get where we want to go.  Being stubborn can help us build a life we are proud of.  Growing up, the Tharman’s lived down the road from me.  Steve and Stephanie, were building their dream.  They had their blueprints all mapped out.  Things were going exactly as planned.  But that all changed the day Steve fell from a tree and was paralyzed from the waist down.  How could their family have a garden, go on hikes in the woods, go hunting, or jump on their trampoline, when their father was stuck in a chair?  He could have focused on all the things he could not do.  But Steve is stubborn.  He chose instead to find a way to make those things possible.  His dreams were not changed just because his means of getting there had to.  He did not let his disability stop him.  Every time we go visit the Tharmans, I am surprised by the new project Steve has taken on.  How in the world did he build a tree house for his kids?  Where did he figure out how to put together a lever system that lets him drive his truck?  Steve creates new ways of doing things when the old ways don’t work for him.  By stubbornly refusing to accept that he is incapable, he achieves anything he sets his mind to.  I have not seen a staircase yet that Steve is not willing to climb or an obstacle he was not willing to find a way around.
Steve’s stubbornness enabled him to do things many people said he could not.  For our generation, who has grown up with the world literally at our fingertips, we can learn a lot from Steve.  When everything becomes so easy to get to, sometimes we forget that real things take hard work.
When we use our stubbornness to achieve, to stop accepting excuses, to go after the things we want most, it can work wonders.  The blueprints rarely translate to real life perfectly and we have to make adjustments.  Our circumstances will be never perfect.  But we cannot let those stop us.  If you are willing to put your foot down and decide to go for what you want, you can get it.
There will be so many times we will want to say “I cannot do this.  I’ve bitten off more than I can chew.”  It is easy to give in and be defeated- to say, “I am not good at this, so I might as well not try.”  When is the last time you gave up on something because you thought you weren’t capable?  How long did you try before you gave up?  A month?  A week?  Maybe only for one class period?  We cannot let ourselves off the hook so easily.
What you can be is only limited by one thing:  you and that little voice in the back of your head that says “I can’t.”  You know what?  I want you to give that little voice a swift kick in the pants, because he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.   Don’t let the only one stopping you from being what you want to be and doing what you want to do, be the face looking back at you in the mirror.  
In fact, let’s give that little voice a stern talking to right now.  When I tell you, you can’t, I want you all to get some serious attitude going, give a real good toddler temper tantrum foot stomp and yell “I can!”  Ready? Here we go.  You want to win a state contest next spring?  Oh you can’t do that.  (I can)  I’m not sure that little voice is getting the message.  You want to get a district proficiency?  You can’t do that.  (I can)  Oh you want to get the best GPA you ever have next semester?  You can’t to do that.  ( can)  Oh you can?  Well that’s cool. 
When we believe in ourselves and do something we thought we could not, its contagious.  We never want to stop.  By obstinately proving that you can just once, you will want to prove that you can over and over.  And when we, ourselves, know what we are truly capable of, there is nothing in the world that can hold us back.  
We can build any project, any life we choose to.  The story we construct for ourselves on a day-to-day basis will one day be our life.  We can make our life a project something we would be proud to put on display.  What project do you want to build?  What self do you want to construct?  Take your dream and stubbornly weld, glue, staple, nail, or tape it together until it is complete.  Build whatever life it is you want to build.  Make it your own and stubbornly refuse to give in when the going gets tough or people don’t think you can do it.  Because when someone tells you, you can’t, you want to show them, you will.

Justine Dlabal delivers state treasurer's retiring address 
True or False, The sunset on Mars appears orange… False, it looks blue. True or False, Some coins in New Zealand picture characters from Star Trek. False, they picture characters from Star Wars. True or False, Kurt loves Vegetables… False, he won’t touch vegetables unless he has too. True or False, Life is Hard… True. Each of our lives are filled with challenges, hardships, and our own weaknesses. Each of us face those days where nothing seems to go right, the day you miss your alarm in the morning, you get a flat tire on your way to school, you find out you failed your math test, and then there is a pop quiz in history class, you end up breaking your thumb at basketball practice and to end the day off, you younger brother ate all of your Halloween candy. We each have our own individual trials in life, whether we may have a disability or have been taken back by the loss of a loved one. Through it all, though, whether it is a rough day, a challenging year, or a life long burden, we must be true. We cannot let our challenges in life bring us down and in order to endure through these difficulties we must be true to our self, stay true to others, and truly appreciate all that we have.
Born on February 4th, 1913, this woman, is an example for all of us to follow. As a seamstress, she boarded the Montgomery City bus to go home from work on December 1, 1955 where she took a seat near the middle of the bus. The seats in front of her were reserved for other people and when they were filled, she was asked by the bus driver to move so someone else could take her seat. She quietly refused to give up her seat. Most of you have heard and learned about this women who was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Rosa Parks valued freedom and equality. She did not let someone else change her values. While it may have been difficult and took internal strength, she stayed true to herself. “Do not let the world change your smile, let your smile change the world.”
Take a moment to identify your values. What is it that means the most to you in your life? Is it about being a respectful person, is it your education, your family, or making healthy decisions? Once you have identified those values think of them as your diamond.  As most of you may know, it is the hardest natural substance, it is practically unbreakable. Now that you have your diamond, your values, think of a person who respects you the most. Have them help you protect your diamond; ask them to be your accountability partner, so that you will stay true to yourself.
During her sophomore year of high school, a young girl was heading off to Indianapolis for her very first National Convention. This trip was different for her then most of the other students on the trip; for her it was an adventure of a lifetime. During this trip, she traveled out of the state of Kansas for the very first time, it was her first time she stayed overnight in a hotel, the first time she had rode an escalator, and the first time she had been to a concert. This trip was not only a trip full of firsts, but also a trip where she helped out a man in need.  One day, she had ordered her lunch to go at one of the city restaurants and was on her way to Lucas Oil Stadium for a session with the rest of her chapter. On their way, they passed a man on the street. This man, who seemed tired, hungry, homeless, and sad. It was then that she took her box of food she had just ordered and gave it to the man, then hurried along to catch up with the rest of the group.  It was here, that she chose not to concentrate on herself, but to help someone else. She knew that he needed the food more then she did, and that she would be able to survive without lunch that day.
People are a part of our life in all that we do; they influence how we act and what we say, the choices we make and the things we do, what we have and the person we are. Sometimes we do not realize we are that influence on others too. That influence from each of us should be us being true. This girl chose to forget about her own wants, and showed generosity to someone else. She was being true to others.
Of the seven billion people in the world, a few of them you will know all your life, a handful you will meet, and several you will see. How will you be true to others?  What can you do to show your generosity? Will it be a simple smile or a delightful ‘Good Morning.’ Will you perform a small act of kindness to someone you do not know? Maybe, its showing appreciation to someone you have just met; learning more about them and their contribution in the world. Or it could be the people who have always been in your life that your generosity will be most influential to. Giving them all that you got; your time, respect, support, and love. If you had homework to do, but they needed help, did you help them? If you were both bogged down with stress, did you listen while they talked? If they were struggling in life, did you give them encouragement? Do you sacrifice your needs for the people in your life? Just as Leo Buscaglia said, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Be true to others.
On May 4th, 2007, around 9:30 the community of Greensburg heard sirens. Just 20 minutes later, their town was gone. Almost everyone had lost practically everything.
In 2009, after an ice storm had hit in the U.S., over 1.3 million homes and businesses were without power for almost two weeks, causing many people to have no food and no heat. After hailstorms, flash floods, and landslides in Kenya in 2010, 69,000 people had to leave their homes. Because of no rain, over 7 million people faced food shortages in Niger, causing many children to be malnourished. 643,067 people experienced homelessness in the U.S. at some point in 2011. One billion people go to bed hungry every night. 39 million deaths occur from vehicle accidents.
The number of people without food, without water, without homes is shocking and number of times someone loses everything with in minutes is terrifying. Every time we drink a glass of water, eat our supper, enter our home, see a loved one, take advantage of a new opportunity, watch a movie or go to school, we do not always realize how lucky we are. We cannot take anything for granted. We have so much more than what most other people have and just like the people of Greensburg, Kenya, and Niger, we never know when it will be all gone. Just the click of the computer mouse, press of the remote button to turn on the news, or the turn of a page in a newspaper can be a reminder to us, of how we should truly appreciate everything we have and for every day.  
Think about this amazing day that you have had so far. Think of one thing you are grateful for today. Maybe it is being surrounded by hundreds of leaders in corduroy, a new friendship that you made, your advisor being your chauffer, or inspiring words from the morning session. Now, think of one thing you have learned today. It could be something simple like how to get to McCain Auditorium, or the name of a member from another chapter. Before you end each day, it is my task for you, to record three moments that you are thankful for and one thing that you learned.

FFA Members participate in State FFA Band

A select group of FFA members are preparing to lend their musical abilities to entertain the thousands of members and guests at the 84th Kansas FFA Convention this week on the Kansas State University campus. About 35 student members make up the State FFA Band.

In order to participate in this select ensemble, members were required to submit audition tapes and recommendations from their local music instructors.

Under the direction of Yvonne Colle-Burden, Medicine Lodge High School, and assisted by Kris Brenzikofer, Clay Center Community Middle School, the State Convention Band will perform a concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, prior to the fourth convention session. They will also present encore performances during the final convention session on Friday at 2 p.m.

Members of the State FFA Band are as follows: Arkansas City: Mary Byers, Elyssa Day, Hailee Reed; Blue Valley: Douglas Apley, Kyle Apley, Bailee Howland, Carlyn Olson; Clay Center: Felicia Luczak, Rebecca Simpson; Clifton-Clyde: Jonathan Wurtz; Fort Scott: Frank Scott; Fredonia: Bryant Worcester; Garden City: Laura Bartel; Holcomb: Madisen Sater; Lebo: Sarah Krueger, Hannah Small, Alexa Thomas; Linn, Bailey Joonas, Blaine Joonas; Minneapolis: Daryl Simmons; Republic County: Nickalous Baxa, Katelyn Crim, Gustin Pachta, Waylon Sheetz; Sebetha: Brandi McCoy, Emily Meeks, Kyla Parton, Hanna Pease, Aaron Plum; South Barber: Lane Hess; Southwestern Heights: Breanna Butler, Jacie Butler; Uniontown: Drew George; Washington County: Ashley Stewart, Tyler Stille.

FFA Members participate in State FFA Chorus

A select group of FFA members are preparing to lend their musical abilities to entertain the thousands of members and guests at the 84th Kansas FFA Convention this week on the Kansas State University campus. Over 50 student members make up the State FFA Chorus.

In order to participate in these select ensembles, members were required to submit audition tapes and recommendations from their local music instructors.

The Chorus, directed by Zac Malcolm, Clay Center Community High School and accompanied by Sharon Kriss, will perform during the third convention session, on Thursday at 2 p.m. They will also present encore performances during the final convention session on Friday at 2 p.m.

Members of the State FFA Chorus are as follows: Arkansas City: Courtney Hardister; Atchison County: Morgan Martin; Atwood: Mallory Horinek, Nicolette Nemeth, Isabella Skolout, Abbey Wolters; Axtell: Bridgett Bolle, Christian Buessing, Paige Werner; Blue Valley: Annie Ross; Buhler: Dusty Wolf; Chapman: Sarah Johnson; Clay Center: Heidi Bohnenblust, Hannah Byers, Ranson Ford; Ellis: Samantha Graves, Kourtney Kaicy, Alexis Mattheyer, Monica Towns; Ell-Saline: Faith Rasmussen; Eudora: Baillie Beebe, Samantha Carpenter; Fairfield: Anna Schwertfeger; Fredonia: Danielle Comstock, William Lane, Kayt Walker; Hillsboro: Olivia Kliewer; Labette County: Meredith Taylor; Lebo: Alexa Thomas; Manhattan: Philip Lamberson; Minneapolis: Paden Kindall; Neodesha: Jacqueline Newland; Newton: Braidyn Rucker; Northern Valley: Carson Montgomery; Norton: Johnnye Ruder; Republic County: Laura Mead, Jesy Strnad; Riverton: Beth Mercer; Scott City: Jenne Davis; St. Marys: Russell Budden; Uniontown: Rachel DeMoss, Hannah Fry, Chance Kimrey, Aleah Sutterby, Sarah Townsend; Wilson: Allison Davis, Kasey Davis, Adrianna Florke, Kristina Heinrich, Janell Ptacek, Ashley Templeton.

Kansas FFA proficiency awards

Students excelling in their Supervised Agricultural Experience programs were recognized with State Proficiency Awards during the second session of the Kansas FFA convention on Thursday. Winners are as follows:

Agricultural Communications: Brandon Keller, Hiawatha

Sponsored by Kansas Farmer Magazine (State) and Keystone Steel & Wire Company – Red Brand (National)

Agricultural Education
: Krista Sudbeck, Hiawatha

Sponsored by Larry Gossen Family (State) and The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation (National)

Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication: Cory Fedor, Paola

Sponsored by Abilene Machine (State)

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – Placement: Cody March, Labette County
Sponsored by Heritage Tractor, Inc. (State) and
 Tractor Supply Company and HOBART Welding Products (National)

Agricultural Processing: Jacob Yingst, Holton

Sponsored by Santa Fe Trail Meats (State) and CHS (National)

Agricultural Sales – Entrepreneurship: Skyler Glenn, Scott City

Sponsored by Farmway Coop, Inc. (State) and Monsanto (National)

Agricultural Sales – Placement
: Megan Lofton, Southeast of Saline

Sponsored by Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission (State) and Fastenal (National)

Agricultural Services
: Kenton Blevins, Doniphan West
Sponsored by Farm Credit Associations of Kansas (State) and TransCanada (National)

Beef Production – Entrepreneurship: Jake Ohlde, Linn

Sponsored by Schu-Lar Herefords, LLC (State) and Bayer Animal Health and Nasco Division – Nasco International, Inc. (National)

Beef Production – Placement: Esther McCabe, Fredonia

Sponsored by McPherson County Feeders (State) and Midwest PMS (National)

Dairy Production – Entrepreneurship: Austin Schmitz, Axtell

Sponsored by Nutrition Physiology Company, LLC (State)

Dairy Production – Placement: Bryce Joonas, Linn

Sponsored by Kansas Dairy Commission (State) and Kuhn North America (National)

Diversified Agricultural Production: AJ Carlson, Clay Center

Sponsored by Triangle H Grain & Cattle Company (State) and C. F. Industries, Inc. and J.R. Simplot Company (National)

Diversified Crop Production – Entrepreneurship: Austin Durst, Washington County

Sponsored by Kansas Corn Commission (State) and CHS (National)

Diversified Crop Production – Placement
: Zachary Foster, Labette County

Sponsored by Kansas Crop Improvement Association (State) and National Crop Insurance Services (National)

Diversified Horticulture
: Laura Rush, Doniphan West

Sponsored by Hummert International (State) and Nationwide Insurance Foundation (National)

Diversified Livestock Production: MaKayla LaRue, Erie

Sponsored by McPherson County Feeders (State) and Tractor Supply Company and Wahl Clipper Corporation (National)

Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management: Dayton Allen, Mission Valley
Sponsored by Midwest Ford Dealers (State) and The Mosaic Company (National)

Equine Science – Entrepreneurship: Casey Adams, Chapman

Sponsored by Zenger Management (State) and Land O’Lakes Purina Feed and Keystone Steel & Wire – Red Brand (National)

Equine Science – Placement: Eli Mangels, Holcomb

Sponsored by United Mosquito and Fly Control, LLC (State) and Cargill and Tractor Supply Company (National) 

Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production: Garrett Strickland, Labette County

Sponsored by Kansas Soybean Commission (State) and Bunge North America (National)

Forage Production
: Andrew Walck, Holcomb
Sponsored by Kansas Forage and Grassland Council, Inc. (State) and Claas of America, Inc. and Animal Health International, Inc. (National)

Forest Management and Products
: Kyle Anderson, Chapman

Sponsored by Barbara A. Derrick in honor of Doyle Derrick (State) and John Deere (National)

Goat Production: Lindsey Pease, Chetopa

Sponsored by Riffel Family Show Goats and Dreamland Farms (State) and Land O’Lakes Purina Feed (National)

Grain Production – Entrepreneurship: Emily Harris, Abilene

Sponsored by Kansas Wheat Commission (State)

Grain Production – Placement
: Ryan Pachta, Wamego
Sponsored by Kansas Wheat Commission (State)

Home and/or Community Development
: Jay Brintnall, Hiawatha

Sponsored by Seitz Gift Fruit, Inc. (State) and Carhartt, Inc. (National)

Nursery Operations
: Hannah Anderson, Newton

Sponsored by Lawrence Landscape (State)

Outdoor Recreation
: Morgan Hammel, Clay Center

Sponsored by Mr. Larry Lyder (State) and Yamaha Motor Company USA (National)

Poultry Production
: Alyssa James, Paola

Sponsored by Cal-Maine Foods Inc. (State) and
 Tractor Supply Company and Tyson Foods, Inc. (National)

Sheep Production: Corbin Greene, Rock Hills

Sponsored by Harris Show Lambs (State)

Small Animal Production and Care
: Austin Egbert, Girard

Sponsored by The Charles Kerr Family & Farms (State) and Tractor Supply Company (National)

Specialty Animal Production: Courtney Hoover, Rock Creek

Sponsored by Prairie School Farms (State)

Swine Production – Entrepreneurship: Jacob Rutledge, Mission Valley

Sponsored by Kansas Pork Association (State) and LA-CO Markal and Tyson Foods, Inc. (National)

Swine Production – Placement: Heidi Jirak, Oakley

Sponsored by Kansas Pork Association (State) and Kemin (National)

Turf Grass Management: David Boxman, Arkansas City

Sponsored by Sod Shop Inc. and Mike & Jodi Guetterman (State) and John Deere (National)

Vegetable Production
: Shelby Bargmann, Marysville

Sponsored by Mr. Shawn Turner (State) and
 Tractor Supply Company and Wilbur-Ellis Company (National)

Veterinary Science
: Cortney Parry, Holton

Sponsored by Kansas Veterinary Medical Association (State) and American Veterinary Medical Association (National)

Wildlife Production and Management
: Colten Bryant, Buhler

Sponsored by Kansas Wild Turkey Federation (State) and Land O’Lakes Purina Feed (National) 

State Officer Candidates

The State Officer Candidates for 2012-2013 are:

Emily Beneda, Wilson FFA
Kayla Clapp, Caney FFA
Alexis Coberly, Chapman FFA
Arika Haresnape, Smith Center FFA
Justin Haun, Fredonia FFA
Denver Johnston, Anderson County FFA
Andrea Mattas, Wilson FFA
Glendolyn Neely, Humbolt FFA
Chelsey Smith, Hays FFA
Evan Woodbury, West Franklin FFA