The 2009 American Star in Agriscience is Amy Robak of the Foley FFA Chapter in Minnesota. Amy’s interest in undergraduate research involves a number research projects near her home area.
The 2009 American Star in Agribusiness is Ben Alsum of the Randolph Cambria-Freisland FFA Chapter in Wisconsin. Ben raises fresh market vegetables, he owns and operates Big Ben’s Hay Service and Big Ben’s Bovine Beauty’s.
The 2009 American Star Farmer is Slade Nightengale of the Cordell FFA Chapter in Oklahoma. Slade is following in his grandfather’s and father’s footsteps becoming the third generation on the family farm. Nightengale’s farming operation includes both wheat and cattle.
Andy Fuecht started out small, helping his dad with small chores on the family’s dairy farm. Today,the Mayville Wisconsin FFA member has complete control over the forage operation on that same farm, where he works with his father and older brother.
Keith Bollinger of the Cochrane-Fountain City FFA in Wisconsin has been able learn much about the natural resources management field thanks to his recent experiences with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the US Fish and Wildlife Services.
Growing up on a family farm with a large two acre pond has afforded many opportunities for Elizabeth Dahlke of Wisconsin. The Montello FFA chapter member raises hybrid bluegills for marketing with her family.
Tanner Bradley of Wisconsin is following in his father’s footsteps when it comes to dairy production. The Fort Atkinson FFA member began working at Rosy-Lane Holsteins LLC during his eighth grade year.
Scott Hoiten, a member of the McCook Central FFA has had a life-long passion for wildlife. When he was 12 years old, he began working with his cousin and grandfather on their pheasant farms in Spencer, South Dakota.