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Friday, May 31, 2013

State Star in Ag Placement

The Star Awards represent the best of the best among Kansas State FFA Degree recipients. Finalists for the award have mastered skills in production, finance, management and/or research. These members have gone above and beyond in their supervised agricultural experience. All agricultural placement candidates, you will have a placement supervised agricultural experience in production agriculture, agribusiness or directed lab that is not agriscience based. The state winner will receive a $250 cash award. The sponsor of the State Star in Placement is the Kansas Farm Bureau.
The Finalists for the 2013 State Star in Ag Placement are:
Northeast Star in Placement
                   Cody Ketter, Marysville

Ketter’s SAE is in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management. Helping his dad and brother with the family business, Ketter has learned how to operate bulldozers, excavators, motor graders and semis. He uses this equipment to make terraces, ponds and building pads. Working in the family business has taught him how to not only operate the equipment but also communicate effectively with customers. Ketter looks forward to working for the family business. Ketter is the son of Larry and Kathy Ketter. His advisors are Craig Lister and Jacque Gabbert.

South West Star in Placement
                   Andrew Walck, Holcomb

Walck’s SAE is in Diversified Crop Production Placement. Walck’s has worked at a family friend’s 2,000 acre farm that grows wheat, grain sorghum and alfalfa for the past couple of years. He began by helping run the grain cart and servicing equipment. His hard work and willingness to work hard has allowed him to have more responsibilities on the farm and work year round. Walck is the son of Lance and Regina Walck. His advisor is Brandon Barr.

North Central Star in Placement
                   Ashley Stewart, Washington County

Stewart’s SAE is in Agriculture Service Placement. Stewart grew up working on her parents livestock and crop production farm and worked with clients and seed treatment systems. Since beginning high school, Stewart has held several different jobs, working at KSDS, an assistance dog training facility; Independence Farms, a therapeutic horse riding facility and Washington County Livestock, a local sale barn. Her favorite experiences have been working at KSDA and Independence Farms. Stewart said that is was very rewarding to work with disabled people and help them grow and accomplish their goals. Stewart is the daughter of Rod and Kannette Stewart. Her advisor is John Kern.

This year’s State Star in Placement is:

State Star in Placement
                   Rich Ryckert, Paola

Ryckert’s SAE is in Diversified Agricultural Production. Ryckert works on his diversified family farm which has roughly 3,000 acres of row crops rotating between corn, soybeans and wheat, 425 cow/calf pairs and roughly 1,100 acres of forage production. Ryckert managers a hay crew each summer putting up square bales for people. This position has been rewarding and has given him many leadership opportunities, finding and managing crews and negotiating wages. He plans to continue working on the farm and make it his career. Rush is the son of Jerod and Mellisa Ryckert. His advisors are John Menefee and Bret Brownback. 

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