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Page 4—Farm Show Section 1, Lancaster Farming, Saturday, January 8, 2000
FFA’s 72nd Year
Lancaster Fanning Staff
HARRISBURG (Dauphin Co.) As
an agricultural educational institution, the
FFA is 72 years old The recent 1999 con
vention in Louisville, Ky., made another
impact on the lives of students with the
theme, “Signature of Success."
To make their mark, what amounts to
258 a record in recent history —of P
ennsylvania FFA members will receive the
cherished Keystone FFA Degree at the
Pennsylvania Mid-Winter Convention
Monday, Jan. 10. The event is scheduled in
the Large Arena of the Farm Show Com
plex from 4 pjn.-6 p.m.
At the state FFA gala event, hundreds of
family, friends, and agri-industry suppor
ters will be on hand to congratulate the
winners of the Keystone honor, the state’s
The 1999 national convention theme
symbolizes the "organization’s mission,
encouraging students to make an impact on
the future of their communities, the agri
cultural industry, the nation, and the world
by developing themselves as successful
leaders through the FFA experience,"
according to the National FFA.
At the convention, members developed
themselves as premier leaders and young
professionals. The FFA National Agricul
tural Career Show in Louisville, Ky.,
brought 349 exhibitors to allow FFA mem
bers to learn about a vast array of agricul
tural careers, programs, and products.
While in Louisville, FFA members partici
pated in many career development events,
leadership workshops, award ceremonies,
and banquets. The America FFA Degree,
the highest level nationally for an FFA
member, went to 2,324 members.
FFA members are recognized by their
traditional blue and gold jackets with their
names scrolled proudly on the front. Many
people associate membership in state FFA
with raising animals or growing crops
but membership exposes students to a vari
ety of careers in agribusiness.
FFA members prepare for wide- ranging
careers in marketing, communications,
genetic engineering, law, and other
National FFA Week is scheduled Feb.
19-26. The FFA Theme Guide offers poin
ters for members to explain FFA and
promote agriculture education.
The state FFA honors less than 10 per
cent of its members with the Keystone
Degree. There are certain requirements
each FFA member must meet to receive it
Only seniors and graduates are eligible.
They must have shown leadership ability,
must have earned from their own efforts in
farming or from supervised agricultural
experience (SAE) programs, and depo
sited in a bank or otherwise productively
invested at least $l,OOO or worked at least
300 hours in excess of scheduled class
Out of the 258 recipients of this year’s
Keystone Degree, four state stars out of the
regional stars will be chosen in their
respective area. Selection of state stars is
based upon their SAE program. Programs
must show comprehensive planning, con
tinuation, growth, and increase in scope
with records to prove such
The four stars include production agri
culture; ag sales, service, and mechanics;
horticulture; and specialized agriculture,
including forestry, natural resources, and
The gala event is free and open to the
At Lancaster Farming, home to stories
and news coverage from various state FFA
chapters, we know how hard the achieve
ments are won by members. Their signa
tures of success have been felt by their
families and their community. We salute
their efforts and wish them well. Perhaps,
by their efforts, they will write their own
place in the history of the America’s agri
Derrick L. Adair
‘The thing I enjoyed
FFA was meeting new
people, attending all
the conferences, and,
most of all, just
having fun,” said
Denick L. Adair.
Derrick, 17, four
year West Perry
FFA member, plans to
attend Penn State, run
for state office, get
married to a farm girl, and have “four or
five kids," he wrote.
Derrick is the son of Daniel and Kelly
Adair, Loysville. He has served as chapter
secretary and is area president Derrick
has completed various SAE projects,
including dairy calf, dairy heifer, dairy
herd, and on-farm work experience. He
was a member of the summer trip, citrus.
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Degree Recipients Mark
With ‘Signature Of Success’
In the Year 2049, this Morton
"Past winter we had at least IVi feet
and Greenland committees. Three years
in a row. he noted, he won the dairy pro
duction entrepreneurship and placement
He plans to work in dairy farming with
Derrick has received the Greenland,
chapter, and area degrees.
“Learning new things
forms the basis for
Jm enjoyment of belong-
to the largest agri
cultural youth organi-
in the world.
Tryphena, 17, is the
Donald and Colleen
State Collette Little Lions FFA member.
P. O. Box 399, Morton, IL 61550
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has served as parliamentarian and presi
dent She has served on the awards, execu
tive. and program of work committees and
completed horse production projects.
Tryphena, who hopes to attend Penn
State to become an equine veterinarian,
has received awards in horse production.
She received her Green hand and chapter
Steve Appel Jr.
Steve Appel Jr. noted
he plans to
receive an associate’s
degree in dairy science
and complete sire
selection work for a
few years. Then the
four-year Manor FFA
member wants to re
turn to school for his
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