FFA winner seeks to refine marketing skills

Andrew Streff is one of two South Dakota FFA students who won a Proficiency Award at the recent National FFA Convention. He’s a member of the McCook Central FFA and works on 700 of his family’s 15-hundred soybean acres. He rents 28 acres of his own that he plants to soybeans. Streff says the biggest… Read more »

Amy Wyant – Veterinary Science

Amy Wyant of the Pontiac FFA Chapter in Illinois is the manager of the Livingston County Humane Society. She began volunteering her free time walking dogs and socializing cats. Because of the relationships she developed, when the manager position opened, she applied and received the job. As manager, she assists with basic medical procedures, performs… Read more »

Matthew Ries – Swine Production

As a child, Matthew S. Ries of the Lomira FFA Chapter in Wisconsin helped his father feed hogs and give vaccinations on the family hog farm. When he was in the third grade, he was given two pigs to raise and show at the fair. Today, the farm has 100 sows, with 20 sows farrowing… Read more »

Gus Mitchem – Swine Production

Augustas Mitchem of the Miami Trace FFA Chapter in Washington C.H., Ohio, has lived on a swine farm all his life. His grandfather started him out with six sows and he has since expanded to a 22-sow herd. He purchases purebred gilts and shows some of his own at county, state, and national shows as… Read more »

Brett Petersen – Specialty Crop Production

Brett Petersen of the Kerkhoven Murdock Sunburg FFA Chapter in Minnesota works for his family farm producing 1,500 acres of sugar beets. He began his own independent operation in 2014 by purchasing 25 acres of sugar beets to grow. He’s developed the ability to cultivate, plant, spray and harvest his beets. Petersen is supported by… Read more »

Sam Shaver – Outdoor Recreation

Sam Alan Shaver of the Southmont FFA Chapter in Crawfordsville, Ind., helps his family run the largest off-road ATV race East of the Mississippi, The Ironman. Seeing the success of the race, Shaver helped launch an extreme 5K on the family property that has more than 8,000 participants each year. The family also owns a… Read more »

Troy Mabis – Landscape Management

Troy Mabis of the Talawanda FFA Chapter in Oxford, Ohio, has always wanted to be like his father so it made sense that he would go to work for him in his landscaping business. From his mentor, he’s learned to build allen block retaining walls, layer paver patios, construct landscapes and operate all the necessary… Read more »

Clayton Robinson – Grain Production

Clayton Robinson of the Mark Twain FFA Chapter in Center, Mo., started helping his father feed cattle at a young age. Seeing his dedication to the farm, his father offered him the opportunity to start working his own 33 acres of corn. His responsibilities include equipment operation, selling grain and determining chemical and fertilizer use…. Read more »

Emily Beal – Goat Production

Emily Beal of the Miami East FFA Chapter in Casstown, Ohio, began her goat operation when she was 8 years old.  Her parents purchased a starter herd of 22 head for her. Since that time, she has worked to transition her herd into high quality, genetically sound show wethers and wether dams. In the future,… Read more »

Stephanie Thiel – Food Science and Technology

Stephanie A. Thiel of the Plymouth FFA Chapter in Wisconsin worked as a youth apprentice in the microbiology lab of Johnsonville Sausage LLC. She assisted microbiologists and chemists with their daily operations, gaining a better understanding of the bio-security measures behind the food processing industry. She was also a member of her FFA chapter’s national-qualifying… Read more »