Friday, May 30, 2014

Outstanding FFA members recognized in Stars Over Kansas Pageant

FFA members were awarded the state’s top honors of Kansas FFA Star Farmer, Star in Ag Placement, and Star in Agribusiness during Friday's final session of the 86th Kansas FFA Convention on the Kansas State University campus.

Each year, the Kansas FFA Association recognizes three FFA members who have the top Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs with the Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness and Star in Agriculture Placement awards.

These awards were sponsored by ICM Inc., United Bank and Trust, Kansas Farm Bureau and the Pagent was sponsored by Farm Credit Associations of Kansas.

Star Farmer: Caleb Obermeyer, Marysville FFA
Star in Ag Placement: Tristan Davis, Central Heights FFA
Star in Agribusiness: Stone Hayden, Chapman FFA

Star Farmer: Caleb Obermeyer, Marysville FFA

A State Star Farmer has been recognized every year since 1957, and honors one member with an SAE in production agriculture.

Obermeyer’s SAE is in Diversified Agricultural Production Entrepreneurship. Obermeyer started by just riding in tractors and combines with his family members, then soon turned into driving and operating them. He also has expanded his show heifer into his own cattle herd that is still growing. Recently, he has been farming more ground and hopes to someday take over the family farm.

Obermeyer is the son of Kurt and Peg Obermeyer. His advisors are Craig Lister and Jacque Gabbert.

Finalists in the Star Farmer Division are:
Caleb Egbert, Girard FFA
Kolton Harting, Norton FFA
Brady Heger, Hugoton FFA
Nicholas Meyer, Marion-Florence FFA
Jackilyn Zenger, Washington County FFA

Star in Ag Placement: Tristan Davis, Central Heights FFA
The State Star in Ag Placement honors a member with an SAE program employed in an agricultural operation or business.

Davis’s SAE is in Diversified Livestock Production Placement. Helping his dad with the family farm, Davis has learned how to operate machinery and care for the cows and pigs. He began his interest in the industry at a very young age when his grandfather gave him his own heifer to breed and calve. Davis says he goes to work everyday motivated to gain more knowledge on how to manage his own ranch and pig farm, so he can achieve his dream of one day owning his own farm.

Davis is the son of Jack and Lisa Davis. His advisors are Aaron Cubit and Trent Page.

Finalists in the Ag Placement Division are: 
Chase Gleason, Uniontown FFA
Sarah Johnson, Chapman FFA
Clint Kroupa, Marion-Florence FFA
Cole Renner, Norton FFA
Tracy Schmitz, Axtell FFA
Zeck Shiew, Hodgeman FFA

Star in Agribusiness: Stone Hayden, Chapman FFA
The Star in Agribusiness, awarded every year since 1974 honors a member who manages his or her own agribusiness.

Hayden’s SAE is in Turfgrass Management. Haydent mows, trims, fertilizes and gives advice to his customers. He has made many of his customers from word of mouth throughout his community. Hayden says he not only enjoys being of service to those in his rural area, but he enjoys the company of the people he serves.

Hayden is the son of Ted and Joan Hayden. His advisors are Trenton Horn and Walter Pitts.

Finalists in the Ag Business Division are:
Ryan Lierz, Holton FFA
Kacy Schlesener, Mission Valley FFA

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