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.
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.
was first selected as the Northwest FFA District’s Star Farmer,
becoming eligible as a state finalist. He competed against three other
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
Schwarz is the son of Jerome Schwarz and Michelle Ruth. His advisor is Glen Good.