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Friday, June 1, 2012

Oakley FFA member earns State Star in Agribusiness

A member from the Oakley FFA Chapter received one of the state’s top honors for excellence in his Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program. Ethan Schwarz 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 State Star in Agribusiness award is sponsored by ICM, Inc.


Schwarz was first selected as the Northwest FFA District’s Star Farmer, becoming eligible as a state finalist. He competed against three other district winners.


Schwarz’ award winning SAE is in Forage Production. He runs a custom haying operation in Logan County. In the spring, he cuts and bales smooth bromegrass on the highway right-of-ways and sells it to horse and livestock owners. Additionally, he cuts and bales grass waterways, wheat straw, grainless sorghum, and milo stalks. So far this year, he has put up 300 acres. He recently purchased a new Hesston baler with net wrapping capability and hopes this will bring in new customers and expand his business. His advice to young FFA members looking to start their own business is to persevere through the hard times and to never quit.


Schwarz is the son of Jerome Schwarz and Michelle Ruth. His advisor is Glen Good.

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