Friday, June 1, 2012

Washington County FFA member earns State Star in Ag Placement

A member from the Washington County FFA Chapter received one of the state’s top honors for excellence in his Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program. Nathan Doss was named the Kansas FFA Star in Ag Placement 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 in Ag Placement award is sponsored by the Kansas Farm Bureau.

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

Doss’ winning SAE is in Swine Production. For the past five years, he has worked a 2500 head farrow to finish hog operation. His responsibilities have widely expanded through the years. His tasks now encompass artificial inseminatio of the sows, vaccinating new liters, feeding, and farrowing, just to name a few. He will be attending Kansas State University this fall and will be working at the Swine Research Unit. Upon graduation, Doss hopes to continue working in the swine industry.

Doss in the son of Justin and Jennifer Hill. His advisor is John Kern.

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