The Minnesota FFA Association yesterday recognized the top winners in its Star awards competition during the state FFA convention held at the University of Minnesota.
The 2012 winners are:
Amanda Meech, Minnesota FFA Star in Production Placement. Amanda milks 430 cows almost every night in a double-12 parlor on the family dairy farm near Sebeka. She will soon be overseeing three robotic milking units that are on the farm. She is currently Sebeka FFA chapter vice president. She plans to attend Ridgewater College this fall, majoring in dairy management. Her parents are Todd and Patricia Meech. Her FFA adviser is Jacob Oyster.
Skyler Vold, Minnesota FFA Star in Agri-Science. Skyler is employed at the French Agricultural Research in Lamberton. His responsibilities include producing insects used by researchers across the world, including European Corn Borers, Colorado Potato Beetles, fall army worms and corn root worms. He is president of the Red Rock Central FFA chapter and academically ranks first in his senior class. Skyler plans are to attend Bemidji State University and major in environmental science and wildlife management. Skyler's parents are Thomas and Stacey Vold. He is advised by Rob Kelsey.
Megan Regnier, Minnesota FFA Star Farmer. Megan has a beef herd consisting of 22 crossbred cows, 20 calves and 9 market heifers and steers. She serves as Canby FFA chapter president and is also a National Honor Society member. Last year, she was named rookie of the year by the United Pullers of America and is a National Tractor Pull association member. She did all of the work in building her pulling tractor, a 1206 International Wheatland named "Contraption." Next year, Megan will attend South Dakota State University and major in agricultural engineering. Her parents are Dawn and Darrell Regnier. Her FFA adviser is Duane Lichy.
Rae Larsen. FFA Star in Agri-Business. Rae trains both pleasure and game horses. She has qualified four consecutive years for the world show and has built a quality training program to serve her clients and to provide farrier work. Rae has served as 212 BOLD chapter reporter, vice president and president. She plans to attend college and continue training and showing. Rae's parents are John and Jane Larsen of Olivia. She is advised by Lance Brune.
The Minnesota FFA Degree recognition programs are sponsored by Ag Star Financial, as a special project of the Minnesota FFA Foundation. The Minnesota FFA Association represents 187 Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Education programs and local FFA Chapters, serving more than 9,400 student members across the state of Minnesota. For more information visit www.mnffa.org
The 83rd Minnesota FFA Convention was held April 22-24 in St. Paul and drew 3,000-plus FFA members, advisers and guests from across the state. Visit www.mnffa.org for more information.