Friday, June 1, 2012

Chapman FFA member earns State Star Farmer

A member from the Chapman FFA Chapter received one of the state’s top honors for excellence in his Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program. Greg Harris was named the Kansas FFA Star Farmer June 1 at the 84th Kansas FFA Convention on the Kansas State University campus.

Each year, the Kansas FFA Association recognizes the three  members with the top SAE programs in the state with the Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness and Star in Ag Placement awards. Each winner received $250, and their parents and FFA advisors are each awarded the Honorary State FFA Degree. The Star Farmer award is sponsored by United Bank and Trust.

Harris was first selected as the North Central FFA District’s Star Farmer, becoming eligible as a state finalist. He competed against the six other district winners.

Harris’ award winning SAE is in Diversified Agriculture Production. His operation consists of 250 acres of wheat, milo, soybeans and corn. Additionally, he maintains 40 head of cattle on native grass pasture during the summer months. He formerly raised a small flock of sheep, which he sold to his sister so that she may develop the flock as her SAE project. Harris says that his SAE has taught him to not be surprised by anything, from crop prices to bad weather, in the farming industry.

His says his proudest achievement was earning the National FFA Proficiency Award in Diversified Crop Production. Harris is currently studying Agricultural Technology Management at Kansas State University.

Harris is the son of Kevin and Rosemary Harris. His advisors are Trenton Horn and Walter Pitts.

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